Events + Competitions + Resources

Featured event: CWRU at CES 2019
Case Western Reserve University returns to CES, Jan 8-11, 2019

For the fifth consecutive year, CWRU LaunchNet partners with ThinkBox and other campus and area organizations to present CWRU student and alumni enterprises to more than 150,000 CES attendees.

With twelve booths at CES 2019, no other college or university has a bigger presence than CWRU, at this world renown technology conference and product launch showcase.

See us in Eureka Park Marketplace, Sands, Hall G - 51541-51552
Boundary Labs
Lumen Polymer

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.

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! (Note: While some sites might not be showing current events, or open competitions, many are at least annual: Check back for updated information.)

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.
  • Balsamiq Mockups - Rapid wireframing tool for ui and interface construction - More information here
  • Catalyst @Health 2.0 - Resources from concept to commercialization - More information here
  • Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor - Employment and Funding Opportunities - More information here
  • Cyclotron Road - Science and Hard Tech Incubator
  • Department of Energy Dawnbreaker - SBIR/STTR Phase 0 help for women and minority innovators
  • Economic & Community Development Institute - Including SBA and WBC - More information here
  • EDGE Summer Internship Program - Positions for grad students focusing on biz dev and innovation
  • GE Healthcare $50M Startup Allocation - More information here
  • Girl Starter - More information here
  • Google Developers Launchpad - Developers Studio - 6 month product development acceleration program
  • Great Lakes Energy Institute Funding Opportunities
  • i Corps - University of Akron - Training to qualify for gov't funding & more - More information here
  • InVision - Prototyping, collaboration & workflow platform - More information here
  • LivePlan - Collaborate, build, and plan your pitch - More information here
  • Major League Hacking - More information here
  • Meeting of the Minds
  • Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund - Students take venture stakes in NEO ventures
  • CWRU ThinkBox - Student Project Fund - Rolling applications - limited funds
  • CWRU Technology Validation & Start-up Fund Program - More information here
  • TED Fellows Application
  • 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.

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.