entrepreneurship

LaunchNET Toolbox

We have pulled together a variety of resources for new entrepreneurs: useful articles, websites, tools, contacts, etc. Everything we recommend we have either developed, adapted, and/or used so you know that these are useful and appropriate for someone just starting out.

If you have any questions about any of these, please contact your LaunchNET advisor or the LaunchNET office: 330-672-6700 or launchnet@kent.edu

Robert D. Hisrich, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate and international programs and Bridgestone Chair in International Marketing in Kent State University’s College of Business Administration, has been named to the Startup Officers Leadership Council. 

Walk the halls of some secondary private schools in Ohio and you will see students adorned in what appears to be typical school attire: striped skirts, traditional ties and stark white button-up oxfords.

 

 

Walk the halls of some secondary private schools in Ohio and you will see students adorned in what appears to be typical school attire: striped skirts, traditional ties and stark white button-up oxfords.

 

 

LaunchNET Student Launch Fund Grants

The LaunchNET Student Launch Fund Grant is an opportunity for LaunchNET clients who are also full-time Kent State students to get grant funding (i.e., does not have to be paid back) for their businesses.

There are two tiers of funding available: Venture Creation (up to $500) and Venture Advancement (up to $5000). Meant for early-stage, start-up services, company creation, or prototyping, the different tiers have different application and reporting requirements. 

 

“Don’t put any idea off as a joke,” said Richard “Hart” Main, a Kent State University sophomore economics major from New Philadelphia, Ohio. “I almost did that and missed an opportunity.”

The 18-year-old entrepreneur, from Kent State's College of Business Administration, is referring to ManCans, his company that makes and sells masculine-scented candles with a philanthropic twist.

The university and local community are invited to join LaunchNET as we celebrate the success of Kent State entrepreneurs!

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, six Kent State student teams competed in the third annual LaunchNET Idea Olympics in the University Library. The event is a lead-in to the regional ideaLabs business idea competition, sponsored by the Northeast Ohio Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC). Eleven colleges and universities will compete in the 7th annual event, which will be hosted this year at John Carroll University.

This spring, LaunchNET Kent State University is proud to host classes for first-time female entrepreneurs in collaboration with local nonprofit Bad Girl Ventures, to promote new business startups by ladies in Kent, Ohio, and surrounding communities.

Bad Girl Ventures will introduce its newest program, EXPLORE, in Kent. EXPLORE guides first-time entrepreneurs and early-stage business owners through the exploratory and ideation stage in order to validate a business idea. EXPLORE classes are taught by successful local business owners and professionals.

Sherwin-Williams, in partnership with Kent State University’s Blackstone LaunchPad program, is sponsoring “Innov8athon IV: Innov8 Paint!” in order to “hack the painting process” and promote entrepreneurial thinking, creative prototyping and interdisciplinary collaboration among students in Northeast Ohio.

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