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  • LaunchNET Kent State

    is a co-curricular, cross-campus program that serves students, alumni, staff and faculty to promote entrepreneurial thinking, innovative mindset, creative collaboration, and venture creation through advising, events, and connections to the greater Northeast Ohio community.


    Located on the second floor of the Kent State library, the LaunchNET office is staffed with experienced entrepreneurs who guide clients from idea to implementation, provide a sounding board for questions and concerns, make connections with mentors and resources in the community, and host innovative programs to enhance collaboration across campuses, communities, and disciplines.


  • Legal

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    Case Western Law School IP Venture Clinic

    Case Law School third-year students help NEOLaunchNET clients with Intellectual Property processes

    Thompson Hine legal Quick Launch program

    Quick Launch program aimed at early-stage startups

    University of Akron SEED legal clinic

    Legal services for small businesses, staffed by UA Law students

    Brouse McDowell Intellectual Property

    IP specialists at Akron firm, works with startups in all aspects (trademarks, copyrights, and patents)

  • Accelerators/Incubators

    Akron Global Business Accelerator

    downtown Akron

    Technology business accelerator

    The Bit Factory Akron

    downtown Akron

    Software/app accelerator

    Cleveland Culinary Launch & Kitchen

    downtown Cleveland

    Food-related startup assistance and commercial shared kitchen

    Flashstarts Cleveland

    downtown Cleveland

    12-week summer accelerator program, housed in StartMart at Tower City

    Youngstown Business Incubator


    Nonprofit that provides a variety of services specifically to companies involved in business to business (B2B) software development

  • Funding

    Other time-sensitive, short-term opportunities exist;

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    LaunchNET Kent State

    LaunchNET Student Launch Fund


    for LaunchNET Kent student clients

    Each semester, students can apply for either Venture Creation or Venture Advancement grants. Watch our newsletter for application info.

    Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund


    Student-run venture fund that awards up to $25,000 each semester to a local tech early-stage startup.

    Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund

    rolling deadline

    Pre-seed funding for NEO technology startups, based at the Lorain County Community College.

    Economic and community development institute

    Provides training and low-interest loans to small businesses.

    Kent State Center for Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation

    Center for Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation

    Venture Assessment Grant & Venture Growth Grant for Kent State College of Business students.

  • Training/Resources

    Classes, Workshops, Speakers, Learning

    Akron- Summit County Public Library: Patent & Trademark Resource Center

    Akron-Summit County Library

    Workshops and experts available for information about patents and trademarks at Main downtown.

    Akron Urban League

    A variety of classes and programs to support entrepreneurship in Summit County.

    Bad Girl Ventures

    9-week entrepreneurship class series for female business owners.

    Hudson Library Center for Entrepreneurship

    at the Hudson Library

    Speaker and workshop series aimed at entrepreneurs; sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

    Women's Network of Northeast Ohio

    Northeast Ohio Women's Network

    In-depth workshop series that address key issues for female business owners.

    Kent State University Entrepreneurship minor

    KSU College of Business Administration

    Bring an entrepreneurial mindset to your major field of study.

    Kent State University Innovation minor

    KSU College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability & Technology

    Learn to use innovation to solve pressing problems in manufacturing, science, business, and technology.

    Jumpstart Cleveland


    Mentoring and workshops to promote tech startups in NEO.

    Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Ohio

    Assistance in working with local, state, and federal government.


    offices in Akron, Canton, & Cleveland

    Free mentors and workshops for small businesses.

    Ohio SDBC

    Technical assistance for small businesses

    Summit Artspace Artist as an Entrepreneur

    Summit Artspace

    Artist-focused business institute in Akron


    Network of four collegiate offices that promote and educate students, staff, faculty, and alumni about entrepreneurship and innovation.


    Case Western Reserve University

    Baldwin Wallace University

    Lorain County Community College

  • Social/Events


    Local groups meet

    Find groups close-to-home who are interested in all kinds of topics- including entrepreneurship, tech, and marketing.

    Launch League Akron

    Akron entrepreneurs

    Community of grassroots support for Akron startup founders.



    Techpint is an occasional "tech conference in a pub"

    Industry: The Product conference


    Product-focused conference for makers, startups, and product managers.

    Sundown Rundown Ohio

    Akron, Canton, Mansfield, Columbus

    Classes and pitch events around Ohio, to help entrepreneurs connect with one another, customers, and investors.

    SPARK Freelancers Union


    Monthly evenings of "relaxed business networking and discussion."

  • Maker Spaces

    Places to make things

    SPARK Innovation Studio, Kent State University

    Schwartz Center, Kent State University

    Multipurpose maker space for students, located in the old glass lab.


    TechStyle Lab, Kent State University

    Rockwell Hall, Kent State University

    Digitally design, create, and print fabric and much more

    Thinkbox at Case Western Reserve University

    Case Western Reserve University

    Multi-floor maker space for students, faculty, alumni and the community to explore and invent.

    Lorain County Community College Fab Lab

    Lorain County Community College

    Faculty, staff, students, alumni and the general public can use commercial equipment.

    TechZone at Main, Akron-Summit County Public Library

    Akron-Summit County Public Library

    A variety of tech tools, machines, and computers for use by patrons on the first floor of the Main library.

  • Co-working Spaces

    Places to get work done

    The Fridge at Kent State University Library

    Library, Kent State University

    Student-created work and study space on the 2nd floor of the library.

    StartMart, Cleveland

    downtown Cleveland

    Startup and co-working community space located in Terminal Tower.

    OSC Tech Lab Akron


    "Platform for creators": workspace and community in downtown Akron.

    Akron-Summit County Public Library Microbusiness Center

    Akron-Summit County Library

    Free for patrons and open during library hours after application and orientation.

    Stark Entrepreneur Alliance coworking at Stark county Library

    Stark County District Library, Canton

    Work space and services aimed at entrepreneurs for a monthly fee.

  • KSU-specific

    Resources on campus and/or for students 

    Kent Student Center, 1st floor


    Schwartz Center


    Library, 1st floor


    Rockwell Hall


    Center for Architecture and Environmental Design


    Business Administration Building


    Business Administration Building


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  • Contact us

    1st floor, Kent Student Center

    in front of the bookstore


    Tel: 330-672-6700


    twitter: @launchnet_ksu