LaunchNET office move | Kent State University

LaunchNET office move

University Library, 2nd floor

Since LaunchNET opened their Kent State Student Center office in Summer 2012, the advisors have helped more than 1,500 entrepreneurs and innovators, and now the unique “glass box” office is no longer sufficient.

“Your ideas grew so big, that we outgrew our space,” said Julie Messing, LaunchNET’s executive director. Starting summer 2017, LaunchNET will be supporting Kent State students, faculty, staff and alumni with their innovative, entrepreneurial endeavors from a new home on the second floor of Kent State University Library.

“We are excited to join all of the amazing services in University Libraries,” said Zach Mikrut, LaunchNET’s program manager. “This is really a natural fit as we have been partners with them on many campus events and initiatives, such as the Kent State Mini Maker Faire and Innov8athon.”  

LaunchNET will continue to maintain the visibility and accessibility to the university population for which it has become known. The University Library is a high-traffic environment that recently welcomed its one millionth visitor and annually coordinates a variety of events and activities. Being located on the second floor of the library allows LaunchNET’s entrepreneurs convenient access to frequently used services, such as the Student Multimedia Studio and the business and entrepreneurship outreach librarian.

“We are extremely excited for LaunchNET to join the Libraries’ family,” said Ken Burhanna, assistant dean of University Libraries. “University Libraries strive to be student-first, outward facing and focused on the success of all. That also describes LaunchNET exactly. So this a perfect match!”

The current LaunchNET location in the student center closed during intersession in May. LaunchNET has set-up a website to enable users to track its move progress at http://ksulaunch.net/move. Advisors will be available throughout the transition period and can be contacted via email or through the website.

In addition to Kent State University, LaunchNET is supported by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, who recently renewed its funding for KSU LaunchNET and its programs.