• LaunchNET 2020 Idea Olympics

  • Congratulations to all of the 2020 finalists!

    • Alexandrea Reich, graduate student, fashion industry studies
    • Angelique Wong, sophomore, fashion design
    • Daniel Issac, junior, mechanical engineering technology
    • David Cameron, junior, exercise science
    • Heeju Noe, graduate student, fashion industry studies
    • Jordan Worrell, senior, psychology and music
    • Luke Leyden, sophomore, computer engineering tech
    • Paul Coulter, junior, mechanical engineering technology
    • Vlas Zyrianov, senior, computer science

    Idea Olympics is LaunchNET's annual business concept competition. $4,000 in funding is up for grabs as Kent State students of any class levels or majors compete with their new ventures!


    The finalists this year were true entrepreneurs, pivoting their presentations for a virtual event due to state and campus closures in response to COVID-19.

  • 2020 Winners


    first place: $2,000

    Presented by:

    Daniel Issac, junior, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Paul Coulter, junior, Mechanical Engineering Technology


    second place: $1,000

    Presented by:

    Luke Leyden, sophomore, Computer Engineering Technology

    Advocates for Autism

    third place (tie): $500

    Presented by:

    Jordan Worrell, senior, Psychology and Music


    third place (tie): $500

    Presented by:

    Heeju Noe, graduate student, Fashion Industry Studies

    Thank you to our Judges!

    We would like to extend a special thank you to all of our judges for the final round:

    • Craig Berger, Assistant Director, Community Engaged Learning
    • Curtis Cofojohn, Managing Partner, All College Rentals
    • Krittika Grau, Senior Career Advisor, Career Exploration and Development
    • Michael Hawkins, Data Librarian, University Libraries
    • Jasmine Jefferson, First-Year Experience Librarian, University Libraries
    • Hilary Kennedy, Manager, Library Makerspaces, Lecturer, University Libraries
    • AJ Leu, CCI Diversity Director, College of Communication and Information
    • Amy Nethken, Administrative Assistant, Design Innovation
    • Alicia Robinson, Assistant Director, Women’s Center
    • Jackie Ruller, Assistant Dean, External Affairs, College of Aeronautics and Engineering
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