LaunchNET Kent State Celebrates New Look for the New Year
As of Jan. 1, 2016, the new name of Kent State University’s Blackstone LaunchPad is LaunchNET Kent State! The LaunchNET team, whose office is located on the first floor of the Kent Student Center, assists students, alumni, faculty and staff with all kinds of entrepreneurial support, as well as innovative programming and activities promoting cross-campus collaboration. Even though there is a new look and name, the location, services and staff remain the same.
The new branding will be marked with a Grand Reopening Celebration on Thursday, Jan. 28, where Burton D. Morgan Foundation President Deb Hoover and Kent State University President Beverly Warren will serve as keynote speakers. The festivities will include refreshments, networking with area community leaders and presentations from some LaunchNET client companies.
“After our first three successful years serving more than 1,200 students, we are thrilled to be able to strengthen and continue our collaborative efforts with partners all across the campus, such as the Fashion School and TechStyleLab, University Libraries, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the schools of Visual Communication Design and Digital Sciences,” says Julie Messing, executive director of LaunchNET Kent State. “For example, our partnership with Brian Peters, assistant professor in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, has produced three fantastic projects showcased on the walls outside of our office again this year.”
“We will not only continue to offer identical services for the university community – entrepreneurial advising, events and networking – but we are looking forward to some exciting new programs and events in 2016,” says Zach Mikrut, program manager for LaunchNET Kent State.
The Blackstone Foundation, a catalytic funder of Blackstone LaunchPad programs around the country, has achieved its goal of establishing four strong collegiate LaunchPad programs in Northeast Ohio. Now, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation has stepped up and embraced them under the NEO LaunchNET umbrella, cementing the programs into the robust regional entrepreneurial network in Northeast Ohio.
In addition to Kent State, NEO LaunchNET comprises LaunchNET offices at Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin Wallace University and Lorain County Community College.
Kent State students, alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the updated website to see the new look and sign up for an appointment (in a new, easy-to-use system), find out more about the office and staff, explore an idea for a venture or project or get help navigating the startup journey.