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TONIGHT! Come pitch in the Elevator!
LaunchNET Kent State's Elevator Pitch Competition
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.
Sign up NOW!
Fire it Up Friday: Business card clinic
This week, our designer will help you design your business cards so you can be LEGIT!

No RSVP needed: just show up and bring a friend!  We'll provide lunch
Be a Table Mentor on Nov. 7
We need up to 35 KSU STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and/or Business faculty, staff, or students who will represent KSU and be discussion leaders and table mentors at the NEOhio Innovates Commercialization & Entrepreneurship Forum for Northeast Ohio high school students. 

All discussion leaders will receive lunch and a $25 gift card.
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Kent Hack Enough 2018: This Weekend!
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!

This year's theme - Halloween Party!
find out more & sign up
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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Startup Meetup with WKSU
LaunchNET is proud to help with WKSU's event, "Growing Ohio's Startup Culture: An Exploradio Meetup"

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7-9pm
at Akron-Summit County Public Library
find out more & register
November All the CEO Ladies: Spark your biz
November All the CEO Ladies: Spark your biz at the Spark Innovation Studio on Tuesday, November 13
LaunchNET Clients
Accounting Help for LaunchNET clients
We are happy to announce that we will have a professional accountant from CBIZin the office, available to answer questions and help you with any business financial issues. 
Three Fridays this Fall, between 2:30-4:30.
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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! 
Give us the info here
Congrats to Threadbare: Winner @Creative Catapult!
Congratulations to Kelsey Meyer, owner of Threadbare Beauty, who won the Crafty Catapult Judges Prize! 

The event--sponsored by Crafty Mart, an indie marketplace of handmade goods in Akron--brought together maker and artisan vendors for a workshop and pitch competition to win funding to bring together a community-business project. 
Opportunities & Events
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!
Prosper for Purpose presents Women's Entrepreneurship Day Cleveland

Monday, November 12, 2018 at Linsalata Alumni Center of Case Western Reserve University
October 22 to October 24
The Medical Innovation Summit brings together thought leaders and their passion about healthcare. It is our goal to not only connect these individuals but to celebrate the innovation that is happening here and around the world. 

Other interesting stuff
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.

WinterActive Collaboration with Brite Winter and Arts Van Aken! – Ingenuity Cleveland

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.
Solutions is one of the first blockchain education conferences to provide experiential learning through hands-on coding and real-world problem solving with a focus on solutions for business and government applications.
Cleveland, Ohio
December 1-4, 2018
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.
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