student entrepreneur

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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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...

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Linden Lehner 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....

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,...