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Kent State University students in LaunchNET Kent State office in spring 2019 Thanks to the renewal of its key funding grant, LaunchNET Kent State will continue to inspire the entrepreneur mindset and support innovative thinkers across the Kent State University community. Burton D. Morgan Foundation announced an award of up to $350,000 will be granted to support the LaunchNET initiative at Kent State through June 2023. ...

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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...

Idea Olympics Shared from Kent State LaunchNet's Idea Olympics   On Thursday October 22, Luke Leyden (junior, computer engineering technology) found himself pitching his entrepreneurial venture, Trolder, to a panel of judges via Zoom in the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium's annual IdeaLabs competition. Leyden, impressing the judges with his knowledge and...

Luke Leyden On Thursday October 22, Luke Leyden (junior, computer engineering technology) found himself pitching his entrepreneurial venture, Trolder, to a panel of judges via Zoom in the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium's annual IdeaLabs competition. Leyden, impressing the judges with his knowledge and passion, placed 3rd, taking home $1,000. ...

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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...

We In the midst of an already-unique season of changes, LaunchNET Kent State is excited to start the Fall semester with an office relocation to the new Design Innovation Hub. LaunchNET, which assists students, staff/faculty, and alumni with entrepreneurial thinking, ventures, and projects, will remain as part of the University Libraries, as a...

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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...

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Linden Lehner Kent State ladies taking charge of their businesses!  All the CEO Ladies is a partnership between LaunchNET Kent State and the Kent State Women's Center. What is All the CEO Ladies? A place of support and learning for female-identified entrepreneurs, business owners, and wannabes. We build a community of supportive entrepreneurial women who come...