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LaunchTown 2019: Technology Based Idea Competition
The LaunchTown Experience is an idea competition, seeking students with the BEST IDEA for a new technology-based business, product, or service that addresses a significant market need.

This is an open competition, available to all students, of all majors, from all colleges and universities.

$20,000 in cash prizes available, in both undergraduate and graduate categories.

DEADLINE for three competitions: MARCH 18
SEMI-Finals at KSU:  APRIL 3
Apply now!
2019 Launchnet Idea Olympics (watch the pitches!)
Support the finalists pitching for seed money at the 2019 LaunchNET Kent State Idea Olympics!

Cheer on your favorites and network with other entrepreneurs, LaunchNET team members, and our panel of judges. Have some pizza, learn more about LaunchNET, and watch some great ideas take shape.

Tuesday, March 12: 5:30-8pm
KSU Library
sign up
All the CEO Ladies: March 2019
TUESDAY March 19: 5:30-7pm
KSU Women's Center

All the CEO Ladies is a group of female-identifying business owners and potential entrepreneurs who meet regularly throughout the semester to learn, support one another, find mentors and partners, hear speakers, and get answers to issues.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members are welcome.
Kent State Mini Maker Faire
The Kent State Mini Maker Faire is free and open to the public. We will also accept walk-ins during the event, but being preregistered helps to expedite your entrance and get you started with making!

In conjunction with their sponsorship of the Kent State Mini Maker Faire, the Kent State University Design Innovation Group will be hosting three free “Design Innovation Maker Space/Resource Lab Tours” across the Kent Campus.
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For & About Clients
Need money for school??
2019 Paul L. Pfeiffer Student Startup Scholarship
The $1000 student scholarship will recognize an outstanding, motivated graduate or undergraduate Kent State student who is a regular client of LaunchNET. 
Application is open: apply now!
Reward your favorite faculty mentor!
Paul L. Pfeiffer Faculty Mentor Award-2019

Nominate a Kent State faculty member for the $1000 Faculty Mentor Award, for working with and supporting student innovators and entrepreneurs beyond the classroom.

Current students and recent alumni are encouraged to nominate their hardworking faculty heroes.
Nominate your favorites today!
Spring Break Fashion Design Camp
This camp is designed to teach middle school to high school age teens how to design and sew their own look (outfit; top and bottom or a dress).
This camp runs March 25th-29th, 2019, Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm at Kent Fabrics (175 E. Erie Street Suite 101).

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An Ode to Her: The Celebration of Feminine Expression
Friday, March 15, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

This is an art show for Women's Heritage Month at the Center for Visual Arts. Come view art made by young artists who celebrate women and their creativity.

Support a LaunchNET Client! 
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Need some Numbers help??
Sign up for free help from a professional, in the LaunchNET office!

Next opportunity is March 15
Sign up now
Sign up for free legal advice for your venture!
Thursday afternoons, in the LaunchNET office, our IPVC legal representative will be here to answer your questions! 
Claim your time slot
Want to advertise your venture?
If you want to get in front of nearly 3000 folks (not just KSU students) in Northeast Ohio, to advertise an event, share some good news, or get some help, we can help! 

Give us the info and we can include it in the next LaunchNET newsletter. 
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Events & Workshops around NEO
Sat, Mar 16, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Join us and come hack!
Erie Hack is a $100,000 data and engineering competition designed to generate innovative technology solutions for Lake Erie Basin’s most pressing problems. 
Experience entrepreneurship in action. In just one weekend, we help build businesses using lean startup methodologies. 
By Sunday afternoon, minimally viable products are demo-ed and receive feedback. Best of all, the three most promising startups will receive a cash infusion and prize package to help them launch their business!
The Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund is a student organization that gives students experience in world of business, technology, and venture capitalism.

It's not too late to get involved this semester! Apply online or reach the current team manager at NMARSTE1@kent.edu
Think about this as a "Shark Tank" pitch competition. If selected, participants will present a 90 second elevator pitch at the event. From there, judges and the audience will down select six companies to present. If selected, you will prepare a 5-10 minute presentation, questions are included in this time.  Please submit your application by Wednesday, March 27th.
Professional and Collegiate innovators who are using AR/ VR/ XR to change the future of healthcare.
Apply by March 15!
Job & Internship opportunities
Each year Flashstarts employs 25-35 college interns who are matched with multiple startup teams from the Flashstarts Labs and Accelerator programs. 
Our interns focus on tech development and automation, customer validation, sales, marketing, social media and brand development.  
Learning Corner
Why you shouldn’t charge your first 100 customers (yes, seriously)

I’d worked my heart out over 12 months’ worth of evenings and weekends, all to bootstrap my first premium Wordpress plugin. The most frustrating part was that I knew my plugin would generate tons of…

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