Events + Competitions + Resources

Following is a brief listing of pending competitions and events highlighted especially for the CWRU LaunchNet community. Check back for updates, and visit the CWRU LaunchNet Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter for additional information. Check into the CWRU LaunchNet office if you plan to apply, or need related assistance.

ScratchMade Incubator - More information and apply here - Application deadline Mar 29

Medical Capital Innovation Competition - $100k in prizes - Apply here - Application deadline Mar 31

LUMOS Accelerator - Columbus, OH - $20k - More information here - Application deadline Apr 3

Tibetan Challenge - Social innovation supporting Tibet- More information here - Application deadline Apr 3

VentureWell BMEidea Competition - $17.5k - More information here - Application deadline Apr 5

Cleveland Housing Hackathon - More information and to register here - Event dates Apr 7 & 8

Tech.Co StartUp of The Year - More information here - Application deadline Apr 15

GiveBackHack Cleveland - Social innovation for The CLE - More information here - Event dates Apr 21-23

Research Showcase & Spring Intersections - More information and to apply here - Event date Apr 21

Mass General $200k Student Tech Prize - More information here - Application deadline May 1

Clean Tech Open Midwest Accelerator - More information here - Application deadline May 1

VentureWell eTeam Accelerator Program - $17.5k - More information here - Application deadline May 3

Call for Entries: 2017 Innovation by Design Awards - More information here - Application deadline May 4


Consider the following entrepreneurial, design and innovation-related events, including lecture series, presentations and seminars, networking activities, news and information exchanges, skill-building opportunities... and more!

2nd Annual Economic Outlook 2017 - More information and apply here - Application deadline Mar 28

Hyland Software Women In Tech Conference - Sat April 8 - More information and register here

BLK Hack Cleveland - Monthly educational series Launch March 27 - More information here

Idea Club Events - Networking, alumni, and more - More information here

StartMart Cloudy Mondays - Cloud computing information series - More information here

TechPint Happy Hour - Monthly meet up - More information here

Jumpstart Startup Stories - Series Live local. Think global - More information here

Market Opportunity Assessment Training - YBI - More information here

How to think[box] Series - Various topics and dates - More information here


Check out these resources including aggregations of competitions, funding sources, conferences, and other entrepreneurial, design, and innovation activity. Classes, seminars and training too ... local, national, and international.

Catalyst @Health 2.0 - Resources from concept to commercialization - More information here

Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor - Employment and Funding Opportunities - More information here

Economic & Community Development Institute - Including SBA and WBC - More information here

GE Healthcare $50M Startup Allocation - More information here

Girl Starter - More information here

Major League Hacking - More information here

CWRU ThinkBox - Student Project Fund - More information here - Application deadline Sep 1

TED Fellows Application - More information here - Applications open now

Tin Shed Ventures - Patagonia supporting environmentally-focused startups - Information here

Venture for America Fellows Application - More information here -Deadline for 2018 TBD

Z-Fund - Miguel Zubizarreta Student Innovation Accelerator Award - $2.5k to $25k - Click here


Consider these resources when developing and preparing your business or idea and laying it out for the world to see. Check in the CWRU LaunchNet office for more assistance or to bring your plan to the next level.

Steve Blank - Lean Startup tools - More information here

Alex Cowan - Venture design - More information here

Alexander Osterwalder - Explains the Business Model Canvas in video - More information here

JumpStart Entrepreneur Toolkit - More information here

Virgin StartUp - Tool kits, tips, contests & more - More information here

Startup School Online - Free public lectures on startups - More information here


Championing the Entrepreneurial Spirit - 50 Years and Counting

Burton D. Morgan Foundation is the primary funder of CWRU LaunchNet, and the three other NEO LaunchNet schools.

In addition, Burton D. Morgan Foundation is a major donor to ThinkBox, and the CWRU Intellectual Property Venture Clinic.

The Foundation also supports many other organizations and programs, "Championing the Entrepreneurial Spirit," on the CWRU campus, in the Northeast Ohio community, and beyond.

Burton D. Morgan Foundation, marking its 50th anniversary in 2017, has been a pioneer in the world of philanthropy. Very few foundations focus on the funding of entrepreneurship. Fewer still combine this focus with an emphasis on venture philanthropy.

Please join CWRU LaunchNet in honoring Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

We invite you to follow the link below to learn more about the Foundation and the life and accomplishments of its truly extraordinary founder, Burton D. Morgan.

Burton D. Morgan Foundation - 50th Anniversary Interactive Timeline

NEO LaunchNet - Powered by Burton D. Morgan Foundation

CWRU LaunchNet is one of four Northeast Ohio area schools included in NEO LaunchNet. The other three LaunchNets are found at Baldwin Wallace University, Kent State University, and Lorain County Community College. The four NEO LaunchNets receive significant financial and program support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Check out the links below for events and opportunities within the NEO LaunchNet.

Baldwin Wallace University LaunchNet events

Kent State University LaunchNet events

Lorain County Community College LaunchNet events

Burton D. Morgan Foundation Collegiate Entrepreneurship