E-Teams Flash Connect Grants

The E-teams FLASH CONNECT 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. These grants are specifically for STEM-related ventures with multi-disciplinary teams. Meant for early-stage start-up services, programming, or prototyping, these grants range from $100 to $1000. 


“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.

Student Launch Fund

The Student Launch Fund is an opportunity for LaunchNET clients who are also full-time Kent State students to get grant funding for their businesses. The Fund consists of 3 levels of potential funding, outlined below, and are generously funded by donors from the community who support student entrepreneurship. In general, there is no limit on the type of business that can apply; lifestyle, tech, app, t-shirt company, it doesn't matter. More details about each type and the specific requirements are listed in the PDF application packet.

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Photo of Matthew LikensMatthew E. Likens, president and chief executive officer of Ulthera Inc., will be the keynote speaker at Kent State University’s Michael D. Solomon Speaker Series on April 22 hosted by the College of Business Administration’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.

Dangle from the ceiling upside down draped in a silk hammock. Find inner peace though massage. Balance your body with therapeutic yoga ropes.

These unique offerings are just a small sample of the holistic approach to wellness at the newly opened Centerpeace Yoga and Wellness Center in Kent, Ohio.

What is even more unique is who created and opened the studio this past January: a homegrown staff made up of Kent State University students, graduates and residents.