LaunchNet Kent State

Entrepreneurship Immersion Week 2019


Entrepreneurship Immersion Week (EIW) is an intensive, one-week(ish), immersion experience for undergraduates from all disciplines to learn the skills to develop new business concepts and then apply these skills in a team-based business concept competition.


Undergraduate students from any discipline enrolled for Fall 2019 at any of the 10 EEC colleges/universities are eligible to participate. Each school will send 5-6 students to EIW. 

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 Melville, executive director of the Deshpande Foundation.

A team of Kent State students took first place in the seventh annual Mission: Life international competition on November 12, which took place at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

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.

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 encouraging learning environment for the arts so that everyone can be free to pursue their creative dreams.”

All the CEO Ladies

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 Resource Center. It is a group of female-identifying business owners and potential entrepreneurs who meet regularly throughout the semester to learn, support one another, find mentors and partners, hear speakers, and get answers to issues. 

The group meets once a month at the Women's Center, evenings from 5:30-7pm. 

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 (Western Reserve Academy and Hudson High School) visited campus, and on Wednesday, October 25, sixteen junior and senior-level students from Chagrin Falls High School participated.

Kent​ ​State​ ​University​ ​students​ ​recently used University Library elevators to compete in the fifth annual LaunchNET Elevator Pitch event, where they had 90 seconds to​ ​pitch​ ​a​ ​business​ ​idea​ ​to​ ​a​ ​panel of​ ​judges​.

A good education and a solid résumé aren’t always enough to make a positive first impression.