We coach Kent State founders, innovators, dreamers, and doers!
The latest & greatest from LaunchNET Kent State
Creating a community of Kent State makers, innovators, creators, collaborators, and business owners.
We are still open and happy to assist you with any advising and business questions you may have.
Schedule an appointment with your advisor
If you are a current client, click the button above or visit ksulaunch.net/appointment to schedule with your advisor and an online meeting link will be included in your confirmation email. 
News & Announcements
Recognizing our Clients & Partners
Because we didn't get to have an in-person Awards & Expo event this year, we wanted to make sure we gave some shout-outs to our clients who have gone above & beyond this academic year, as well as partners who helped us help them! 
Read More
Congratulations to the 2020 #cebipitch winners!
First place - Kelly Fenwick with Smart Collar;
Second place - Gregory Joyce II with Provok Clothing
Third place - Siera Terry with Bougie Bands! 
Read More
Client Profile: Linden Lehner
In honor of the class of 2020, we are profiling a very recent alum, Linden Lehner and her business, Linden Lane Artworks. She has a great story full of pivots and learning.
Congratulations to Linden and all of the Kent State Class of 2020! 
Read More
All the CEO Ladies virtual June meet-up
Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Coach Cheryl C. Perez will be joining us to talk about "Getting our Minds Right" and giving us tips on succeeding in our ventures.
Home healthcare nurses help families change routines | wkyc.com
LOVE IT when clients get some well-earned press!!
Shout out to Tiffany and her company Honesty Healthcare
Read More
What do you need?
Let us know what kinds of activities would be helpful for you this summer! 
Take a minute now to tell us
Build your network! Connect with mentors!
Flash Mentors is a new program being piloted by LaunchNET to connect Kent State students with professionals who can help answer questions about careers, ventures, and specific topics.

We now have community boards for All the CEO Ladies, Entrepreneurial Help & Resources, and we are starting one focused on the Arts.

Have an idea for a community? Let us know!
Sign up now
Amazon's Small Business Academy comes to LCCC
Thanks to our friends at LaunchNET LCCC, who are running an Amazon Small Business Academy, our clients can participate in the Advanced course, which starts May 20, for FREE!

Contact your advisor to sign up & get the discount code!
Read More
2020 Deshpande Virtual Symposium - Thursday, June 11 - Friday, June 12, 2020
The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the college and university environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each others' experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and start-ups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their academic communities.
learn more & register
WE Launch | Youngstown Business Incubator
WE LAUNCH is a 10-week program which aims to teach women the fundamentals of launching their products and services into the marketplace. 
Read More
The Art of Possibility: reading and inspiration for a life well-lived
A new LaunchNET Blog Post

After you've read the post, you can check out a conversation with Maestro Zander on the Akron Symphony Orchestra's Facebook! 
Read More
Competitions, Events, Opportunities
Thursday, May 14, 7 p.m.

The Hudson Library & Historical Society welcomes LinkedIn expert Katherine Burik for a virtual presentation on how small business and job seekers can maximize their LinkedIn profiles. Participants will learn how to use their LinkedIn profile to develop and strengthen networks, discover job leads, increase sales leads and much more. It is recommended that participants have a basic working knowledge of LinkedIn. 
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Online - Virtual Meeting

Join us May 19 to hear Roger Emerson from Emerson Thomson Bennett present "Diving Into Trademark Law: What You Need to Know." He'll be covering aspects of Trademark Law including: how to select a trademark, common law v. federal, and the process for applying for and winning trademarks.
UA's I-Corps Site program is all about customer discovery! It supports teams through an intensive 7-meeting critical evaluation. Our goal is to help faculty, students, and the community answer important questions about their business, product or technology idea through coaching and direct customer interactions. 

The SBA is hiring temporary employees to assist with disaster relief efforts. Bilingual language skills a plus.

The Lee Business School at UNLV has created a $1,000,000 Lee School Prize for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the goal of discovering and funding innovative technologies and solutions.
Our 2020 Global Challenges offer over $1.5 million in funding. 
Apply by the June 18 deadline!
Together Apart is part guide, part reminder of the resiliency of the human spirit to still creatively meaningfully gather, even while we have to be apart. The show is hosted by Priya Parker, a conflict facilitator whose expertise is in how we gather.
FREE Web Development Online Digital Training In order to help the community during these difficult times, We Can Code IT is offering FREE beginner Web Development Training. Our remote training modules can help you start training for new jobs in IT.

Just sit in your car or walk to a nearby park until it’s your turn, and you don’t have to worry if the other customers in line with you believe in social distancing.

TaskRabbit founder Leah Solivan argues that we need to rethink the freelance economy moving forward by focusing on what independent workers need.

For small business owners, keeping your business on track is so important. We’ve developed four key questions to help you keep your small business on track.

Business Resources

The Small Business Stabilization Fund has been created to assist small, neighborhood-based businesses throughout Cuyahoga County during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summit County is offering $5 million in additional financial assistance to small businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, with expanded criteria to allow more businesses to apply.
Thu, May 14, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

Join us for a conversation about what comes next, featuring a panel of advisors and experts who have been through tough times before and are currently focused on helping entrepreneurs plan their next moves. 
Specifically for Black/Brown women professionals, visionaries, creatives, and aspiring business owners, small business owners, and entrepreneurs.
Let's be in community while quarantined.
The Office of Small Business Relief (OSBR) is focused on identifying and providing direct support to the state's nearly 950,000 small businesses to help during the current public health crisis and to position them for a strong rebound.
Keep on Learning
How to Learn More About Your Customers Without Dropping Cash on a Segmentation Study

If you’re not inside your customers’ head, learning everything there is to know about them, you don’t have a business — you have a hobby. I get it. You don’t have a sack of cash to spend on hiring a…

Read More
Did a thoughtful friend forward this email to you? Want your own LaunchNET newsletter? Click here to SUBSCRIBE