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Torrance Gaskins and Kaitlin Shvach, first place winners of 2020 ESDRI Symposium Poster session The COVID-19 pandemic halted Kent State University’s plans for the 2020 Environmental Science and Design Symposium, but it hasn’t impeded the spirit of the conference. In late April, Environmental Science and Design Research Initiative (ESDRI) leadership, in collaboration with representatives from the university’s Design Innovation (DI)...

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Torrance Gaskins and Kaitlin Shvach, first place winners of 2020 ESDRI Symposium Poster session 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...

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Austin C. Briggs We recently chatted with Kent State alum Austin Briggs, who will be the first speaker for this semester's Build Your Own Brand (BYOB) cohort on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.    Austin is a native of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, who was able to overcome a troubled youth by finding his calling in entrepreneurship. Austin graduated from Kent State...

Forty Northeast Ohio students from ten colleges and universities gathered for five days of entrepreneurial immersion at Kent State From July 28 to August 2, 2019, forty students from ten different Northeast Ohio colleges and universities convened at Kent State to be immersed in an entrepreneurial experience like no other. For the five days and four nights students worked together, with faculty, staff, and regional business leaders, to create innovative solutions that address...

LaunchNET Kent State receives Excellence in Student Engagement award at Deshpande Symposium On Tuesday, June 11, LaunchNET Kent State was honored with the annual “Excellence in Student Engagement” award from the Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. There were five categories with honors presented to six institutions, two organizations and three individuals. The awards program is overseen by Raj...

Kent State team wins Mission:Life international competition A team of Kent State students took first place in the seventh annual Mission: Life international competition on Nov. 12, which took place at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. The winning team, aided by Edgar Eduard Kooijman, Ph.D., (Director, Biotechnology Program and Associate Professor, Biological Sciences) and J.R....

Kent State student Gregory Joyce and his brand Provok Clothing Transfer student Gregory Joyce II is a great example of the wide variety of clients served by LaunchNET. While many students come to the office looking to start a venture of some type, Gregory came in with multiple businesses already going and ideas for more. His journey to successful college student and business person, like most, is not a simple,...

Bethany Westphal is a Kent State student passionate about the arts As a passionate student of the arts, Bethany Westphal felt the need to share her love with others, specifically younger children, and help them avoid some of the negative experiences she had with music teachers growing up. She recently opened Rising Star Center for the Arts in downtown Akron, where she hopes to “create a positive, fun, and...

Bethany Westphal is a Kent State student passionate about the artsLaunchNET Kent State is proud to announce their new podcast, called LaunchTalks.  The podcast features Kent State founders, entrepreneurs, and innovators talking about their journeys as students and business owners and is hosted by LaunchNET student fellow, Lindsay Pizzuro.  New episodes will be released once a week.  LISTEN NOW

Local high school students participate in entrepreneurship workshop hosted by LaunchNET Kent State In October 2017, two groups of local high schools students came to Kent State University to participate in an entrepreneurial workshop designed to increase the students’ awareness and knowledge of the venture formation process, hosted by LaunchNET. On Monday, October 23, sixteen sophomore and junior-level students from Junior Leadership Hudson...