LaunchNET offers Baldwin Wallace University students, alumni, faculty and staff the skills, knowledge and guidance they need to start and grow companies. Our services are free, confidential and available to all classes and every major.
Join LaunchNET to take advantage of our entrepreneurial advising, events and networking programs:
Schedule a free and confidential meeting for you and/or your team to talk through your idea with a trained venture consultant. Sessions last about an hour, can be scheduled as often as you need and take place in the LaunchNET office, located downstairs in the Union, near the BW Bookstore. Complete the LaunchNET application, and a venture consultant will email you to coordinate a meeting time.
CIG Innovation Summits
Join us for these in-depth, semi-annual events where national and international leaders take deep dives into challenges and solutions faced by organizations in our constantly changing economy.
CIG | Ernst & Young LLP Innovation Summit
EY Entrepreneur of the Year Northeast Ohio Nominees and Winners
share stories of innovative thinking for increased business results.
#GirlPower Pitch Night
Female collegiate entrepreneurs representing the four NEO LaunchNET programs pitch and compete for the opportunity to win cash prizes in this annual fall semester event.
Develop your business idea into a plan and you could take home $1000 and advance to regional competition for a shot at the $5000 grand prize in this annual spring event of the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium (EEC).
In January 2016, Burton D. Morgan Foundation launched NEOLaunchNET, bringing together LaunchNET programs at Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University and Lorain County Community College into one powerful regional network of collegiate entrepreneurs. Together we will transform the Northeast Ohio economic landscape through the creation of companies and jobs.
Meet Local Entrepreneurs. Learn the Lessons and Skills that Contributed to their Success. RSVP Here
Gloria Ware, Jumpstart Inc.
September 8th, 5:30pm, Quarry Room
Gloria leads JumpStart’s strategic efforts to create inclusive, high-impact entrepreneurial ecosystems. Gloria’s community awards include the City Year Idealism in Action Award and the S & A Consulting Relationship Builder Award.
Dan Brown, Rust Belt Riders
September 22nd, 5:30pm, Marting 114
Dan is co-founder of Rust Belt Riders, an organic waste hauling service that provides commercial food waste producers a logistics-based alternative to landfills that is clean, timely, and benefits their community.
Ted Theofrastous, CWRU IP Venture Clinic
October 6th, 5:30pm, Quarry Room
Ted serves as Managing Attorney for the Case Western Reserve School of Law's IP Venture Clinic and teaches courses in Technology Commercialization & Venture Law at the School of Law. He has has extensive experience in the field of high technology development and commercialization, both as a business architect/manager and as a legal professional.
Keith Zimcosky, Train 2u
October 20th, 5:30pm, Higgins 240A
Keith is the founder and CEO of Train 2u, which offers affordable on-site personal training, weight management programs and fitness products. Keith is a BW MBA alumnus whose company serves Rocky River and the surrounding suburbs.
Ann Harknett, Harness Cycle
November 3rd, 5:45pm, Quarry Room
In 2013 Anne opened Harness Cycle, which quickly acquired a large and loyal following and helped transform the Hingetown neighborhood in Ohio City. A mother of two, Anne's latest venture, GroundSwell, will bring unique yoga, paddleboarding + healthy lifestyle programming to Cleveland. Her second cycling studio is slated for fall 2016.
Co-sponsored by Bad Girl Ventures
Leah Gourlie, La La Custom Cakes
November 17, 5:45pm, Quarry Room
A graduate of Johnson & Wales University, Leah started La La Custom Cake in 2011. Previously she served as Executive Chef at the five star Simpson House Inn in Santa Barbara. Leah is now a full time caker and mom, with a new shop on Madison Ave in Lakewood.
Co-sponsored by Bad Girl Ventures
On Crowdfunding . . .
Crowdfunding sites are proliferating, and increasing numbers of student entrepreneurs are using Kickstarter, Indiegogo, GoFundMe and hundreds more to raise enough money to get their startups off the ground. Here’s a handful of the most popular sites. If you decide to utilize crowdfunding, do not go blindly. There are lots of web sites for advice; here are three to start with:
Essential Resource: Stanford eCorner
For access to a priceless resource – a large collection of excellent of videos, podcasts and articles covering every facet of the startup journey – bookmark Stanford eCorner. With fresh information added all the time, it’s even better than when we last Tweeted or wrote about it.
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