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PERCEPTIONOLOGY: Breakfast & speaker
Donald Wayne McLeod comes to campus to help us see ourselves from other perspectives. Great for students, staff, faculty, & anyone interested in learning more about perception and "brand you"!

Breakfast: 730am-10am
Breakout Sessions: 10am-12pm - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Kent State University
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Legal Questions? Come to the office!
Our Case IPVC legal consultant will be in the office every Thursday to answer your legal questions!
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Fire it up Fridays: Tech Tools this Friday
Fire it up Fridays @ LaunchNET

This week's Fire it up topic is TECH! HacKSU is hosting tech speakers at 1:00 in the "green room" in front of the FRIDGE on the 2nd floor of the library.

No RSVP needed: just show up and bring a friend!  We'll provide lunch
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BYOB (Build Your Own Brand)
 Build Your Own Brand is an entrepreneurial workshop series geared toward underrepresented minority students with businesses or business ideas, to help them gain the skills and tools to be confident leaders with memorable brands.

This series is open to KSU students, staff and faculty of all disciplines. Space is limited, so register soon. Registration ends on October 8th. 
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LaunchNET Kent State's Elevator Pitch
Imagine walking into an elevator and finding yourself face-to-face with a Venture Capitalist or CEO. Do you have what it takes to pitch your business or professional skills before they reach their stop? Give it a shot in LaunchNET's 4th annual Elevator Pitch competition.

Pizza, networking, games, and $1,000 in prizes, including best business pitch and best personal pitch.
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Talk it out Tuesdays: Elevator Pitch edition!
Pop into the LaunchNET office and practice your pitch with LaunchNET advisors on the next 2 Tuesdays!

Not sure what to say for the EP competition? That's ok, we can help!

Every Tuesday from 2-4pm

Walk-ins & new friends welcome: no appointment or RSVP needed. 
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All the CEO Ladies: Tools for your Business
LaunchNET Kent State & the Women's Center presents All the CEO Ladies: Tools for your Business -
Wednesday, October 10, 2018: 5:30-7pm at Kent State Women's Center
FlashLab Innovation Pitch Contest
WHAT: A fun, competitive contest to develop innovative ideas in the areas of content development, revenue generation, audience engagement and collaboration. Winning ideas have the chance to receive funding to launch their ideas within Kent State Student Media.

WHEN: Contest opens Sept. 28th and closes Oct. 28th at 11:59 p.m., with final judging to be completed by Dec. 1, 2018

WHO: All currently enrolled Kent State University students are invited to pitch. Entrants do not have to be connected to a Student Media partner, though they are encouraged to collaborate as they see fit. 

AWARDS: Winning ideas will share in up to $10,000 to help launch the idea with the Student Media partner(s) involved. The winning innovators (those who submitted the winning pitches) will share in $1,000 in prize money. 
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LaunchNET Clients: Want to be profiled?
We are looking for clients who are ready to SHINE! Take the spotlight in the newsletter or other media! 
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CONGRATULATIONS to the finalists of the CEBI Idea Pitch!
See LaunchNET friends and clients pitch their ideas!

October 8th, 2018
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
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Kent Hack Enough 2018: Oct 19-21
Find a team and build an awesome tech project in 36 hours!

Collaborate with 300+ creative participants from all areas of study

100% free - including food, energy drinks, and swag - thanks to our sponsors!
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Start-up Kent State | Student Organization
Start-Up strives to bring together aspiring business people and entrepreneurs. Meetings include speakers, workshops, and roundtables. We welcome all majors.
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Opportunities & Events
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. 

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.
The Microbusiness Center at the Akron-Summit County Public Library has workshops about business research, business planning and more! 
Prosper for Purpose presents Women's Entrepreneurship Day Cleveland

Monday, November 12, 2018 at Linsalata Alumni Center of Case Western Reserve University
Know a young budding entrepreneur with a great idea or pitch?? 
Let them know about this fantastic opportunity to win great prizes!
Want A Chance To Win $2,500 To Grow Your Business?

We’ll be selecting 10 finalists who live or own a business in the city of Cleveland to pitch in front of a live audience for a chance to win up to $2,500. 
Burton D. Morgan Foundation and Case Western Reserve University present Pitch U - Saturday, November 3, 2018 at The MidTown Tech Hive, Cleveland

  • Learn how to deliver a winning pitch
  • Develop an elevator pitch for your business idea
  • Pitch to a panel of early stage investors
  • Compete for a chance to win prize money!
Other interesting stuff
NOV. 15, 2018
5 - 9 P.M.

FUEL by The Bit Factory is a unique pitch competition for MVP-stage software startups. Four finalists get the opportunity to negotiate up to $15,000 in investment and quick admittance to our new Product Development Accelerator.
GSEA is the premier award program for students running a business.
You must submit your application before November 9, 2018. The finalists will present on December 1st at CWRU.
Founders from Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Wooster, and everywhere in between will be in attendance. If you’re the current, recent, or future founder of a startup in software, physical goods, food, health, or any other product industries, please make the effort to come out and take part in our community.
College student teams with digital media startups (in concept, in development or in operation) can apply. 

In keeping with the SXSW Interactive focus, all teams should fall into at least one of the following categories: Augmented & Virtual Reality, Enterprise & Smart Data, Entertainment & Content, Health & Wearable, Hyper-Connected Communities, Payment & FinTech, Security & Privacy, Social & Culture, Sports & Performance Data, and Transportation.

Success Her Way presents Success Her Way Summit 2018 - Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Embassy Suites by Hilton Cleveland Beachwood
Learning Corner
How to Get More Followers on Instagram: 13 Ways that Work in 2018

Learn how to get more followers on Instagram by following these 13 strategies used by famous accounts, popular influencers, and leading brands.

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