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LaunchNET Kent State

Nico Rushh, owner of Pure Sodalite In partnership with the Kent State LGBTQ+ Center, LaunchNET is celebrating our entrepreneur diversity this week for Trans Week of Visibility   Alumni entrepreneur Nico (they/them) has been selling beautiful crystals through their business Pure Sodalite and has been a valued LaunchNET client for a number of...

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Yayra Tamakloe Have you met Yayra? If not, you should!   Yayra is a Kent State alumna (2019, BFA Fashion Design) and has been an exuberant client of LaunchNET for over 2 years, having explored multiple venture ideas and placed in the 2018 Idea Olympics as well as earning a Venture Fund award for her herbal tea infusions idea [which was delicious, btw!...

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rags related boutique logo This month we are talking to Mica Pflug, a senior Entrepreneurship major, about her business Rags Related Boutique Tell us a little about Rags Related. It is an online boutique that sells everyday clothing items for the modern day woman. We strive to deliver affordable, trendy, confident clothing pieces in an...

Products from Stay Stylin In honor of Black Business Month, we are shining a light on some of our AMAZING LaunchNET clients!  First up is Angelique Wong, a junior Fashion Design student, who started Stay Stylin' to address a need she saw for unique face and body products that were gentle on skin. The brand has expanded to include a host...

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Linden Lehner In honor of the class of 2020, we are profiling a very recent alum, Linden Lehner and her business, Linden Lane Artworks. How did the idea for your business come about? I grew up around talented artists and taking art classes in high school, sparking my passions in the art industry. While studying at Kent State, I thought I was going to study Art...

Dr Tameka Ellington Dr. Tameka Ellington, Fashion School faculty and entrepreneur, took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some questions about her latest venture as a coach and author.  What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur/innovator? Mindset is everything. Once you have developed a mindset of abundance, and...

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Dr Tameka Ellington You might call Alli Reich an overachiever... and you wouldn't be wrong! Her story encompasses a true entrepreneurial journey of exploring her passions. Lucky for us she took some time to tell us about it. Tell us about Alexanda. I grew up in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. I was an all-star high school cheerleader, my family...

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Carrie Esser: professional bee facepaint Carrie Esser (2018) recently made it to the Top 5 in the country for the NYX FACE Awards, a national makeup artist competition. While she didn't end up the grand prize winner in that contest, we know she is definitely a winner for continuing to work on her passion and pound the pavement to make her dreams come true! We were lucky enough to catch...

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designs by Nonso Aladi Chinonso is a now-graduate of the Kent State Fashion School and hails from Nigeria, which is the inspiration for her fashion line that incorporates traditional African fabrics into modern pieces. While researching production possibilities for the full line, she has been designing and sewing custom pieces for customers. What ignited the spark in you...

Aceani Ross-Bigbee In addition to starting her own fashion brand in high school, Aceani Ross-Bigbee has dreams to inspire other would-be fashionistas become their best selves. We sat down to talk to her about what she’s working on and a little about herself. Tell us about your new venture, The Possible Me. The Possible Me is based on the Possible Selves theory....