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.

Lakewood Ideation Challenge 2017 - $1,000 service prizes - A pitch competition and networking with business entrepreneurs - More information here - Apply by Aug 14

The Caregiver Quality of Life Challenge - $20k prizes - More information here - Apply by Sept 5

Lemelson-MIT Student Prize - For outstanding inventive students - More information here - Apply by Sep 29

Lemelson-MIT Prize - For outstanding entrepreneurial colleagues - More information here - Apply by Nov 30


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!

BLK Hack Cleveland - Monthly educational series - More information here

Cleveland Chain Reaction / Neighborhood Progress - More information here

Erie Hack - Water-focused hackathon - More information here

LaunchLeague - Pitches, networking, showcases, and more - More information here - Aug 24-25

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing - Annual conference - More information here - Oct 4-6

SkyHack - Aviation focused Hackathon - More information here - Oct 13-15

Sixth Annual TransTech Energy Business Development Conference - Pitch conference for entrepreneurs and innovators - More information here - Oct 24-25

Halcyon Incubator - More information here

How to ThinkBox Series - Various topics and dates - More information here

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

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

MAGNET / MSpire - Product-focused startup competition- More information here

Market Opportunity Assessment Training - YBI - More information here

Meeting of the Minds - More information here - Event date Oct 23-25

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

StartUp ScaleUp - Network, learn, compete - More information here - Event date Aug 15

Tech.Co StartUp of The Year - More information here

TechPint Happy Hour - Monthly meet up - More information here

ThinkBox events - Various topics and dates - More information here

VentureWell eTeam Accelerator Program - $17.5k - 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

CWRU Technology Validation & Start-up Fund Program - More information here

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

Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund - Funding for students and startups in northeast Ohio - More information 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

Civic Insights Hub - DigitalC - 60+ datasets for developers & others - More information here

Content Marketing Institute - Content/client focused entrepreneurship - More information here

DigitalC Learning Studio - More information here

JumpStart Entrepreneur Toolkit - More information here

Patrick Lencioni - Leadership and business organization consultant - More information here

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

Alexander Osterwalder - Canvanizer - Online Business model canvas tool - More information here

The 20 Minute VC - Podcasting the startup expereince - More information here

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

Y Combinator Startup School - Get schooled with the best resources - More information here


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