Tools & Resources

This is a list of tools and resources for student entrepreneurs. All services offered by LaunchNET Kent State are free for KSU students, staff, faculty, and alumni.

Click on the category to see a dropdown of the resources that are offered.

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

These tool sheets are available in hard copy in the LaunchNET office.

LaunchNET Lean Canvas
Business Model Canvas-questions
Blank Business Model Canvas
Social Enterprise Model Canvas


Feasibility & Research

Market research 

The KSU research librarians set up a library guide for Entrepreneurship Research to assist entrepreneurs in Market Research, Industry Reports, and Date Research.

Karen MacDonald is the subject librarian for Entrepreneurship and is available to help entrepreneurs with market research, customer profiling, etc. 

Students can visit her during open office hours in the Center for Entrepreneurship in the Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship:
Monday & Wednesday afternoons (1:00 – 4:00 pm) and Thursdays (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
or contact her via email at 


Qualtrics is the Kent State University survey software. This program is free of charge to University faculty and students. Qualtrics allows teams to build, distribute, and analyze online surveys and polls within an easy-to-navigate and collaborative interface. 

Competitor analysis

We have a form for helping you evaluate the competitive landscape for your venture. Comparing both the direct and indirect competition you will be facing can give you insights into how to set yourself apart, as well as what kinds of hurdles you may need to overcome. 

Marketing & Design



Located on the 1st floor of the Kent State University Library, the Student Multimedia Studio provides currently enrolled KSU students with a wide range of multimedia equipment, software, and support. At the Student Multimedia Studio, students can create PowerPoint, web, video & audio presentations and e-Portfolios, as well as scan and edit documents and photographs, create graphics and animation and get one-on-one technology support from peer mentors or professional staff.


TeleProduction provides the University and surrounding community with a wide range of media services, technical and instructional support.


TechHelp Training has classes where you can learn everything from making a website in Adobe Spark to full Photoshop class series. 


Check out the Circulation Desk at the KSU Library for cameras, tripods and other useful equipment. This equipment is free to Kent State students and faculty/staff.



There are a variety of prototyping opportunities on campus.

The Kent State makerspace, SPARK Innovation Studio, located near The Fashion School & CAED, at 436 E. Main St. (behind Starbucks, enter on Lincoln St.), includes 3D printers, large-scale cutters, a garment printer, and a CNC router.

TechStyleLAB is located in the Fashion School at Kent State University and houses a range of digital output devices, such as our wide format digital textile printer and digital laser cutting machine in one collective space to allow for a completely vertical on-demand design/production environment.

The College of Architecture & Environmental Design also has a FabLab and a Digital Output Lab that offers laser cutting, 3D printing and large format color plotting services for students.

The Student Multimedia Studio in the University Library houses multiple 3D printers, and audio recording studio, plus other software for use by students. 

Post-Hackathon Resources

Want to continue working on a hackathon project? We can help!

At LaunchNET, we have business coaches, legal resources, competitions, and other networks to help you develop your project into a product and/or your team into a business.

Meet one on one with an advisor to map out a plan and make connections that will help you get where you want to go, or compete in one of the many opportunities to win money in the region.


Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the know about upcoming hackathons, competitions, and other events. 


To keep in the loop about hacking activities on and around campus, check out HacKSU.




Mental Health
Other Online Resources