Real world stories of collegiate entrepreneurs videoed at the LaunchNet program at Kent State University

Four current or recent students at Kent State University discuss their startups, their inspirations, the challenges that they faced and offer advice to other prospective entrepreneurs. All participated in the LaunchNet program at KSU

About the LaunchNet program at Kent State University:
LaunchNet is a groundbreaking initiative that gives university students and alumni the skills, knowledge, and guidance to start new companies. Funding for this program is made possible through The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Other LaunchNet programs in Northeast Ohio can be found at Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin-Wallace University, and at Lorain County Community College. Other Blackstone LaunchPad programs are located in the Detroit area and in South Florida.

About The Blackstone Charitable Foundation:
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation was founded at the time of the Blackstone Group's Initial Public Offering in 2007 with substantial commitments from the Firm's employees. Influenced by the enterprising heritage of the firm and its founders, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is directing its resources and applying the intellectual capital of the firm to foster entrepreneurship in areas hardest hit by the global economic crisis. Through its investment expertise across several asset classes and geographies, Blackstone has a unique perspective on the global economy and a heightened understanding of how entrepreneurial activity is often the crucial catalyst in the growth of successful businesses, industries and communities. For more information, visit

About the Burton D. Morgan Foundation:
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation is a private foundation established in 1967, whose mission is to strengthen the free enterprise system by investing in organizations and institutions that foster the entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation supports entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education at the youth, collegiate and adult levels. With a 360-degree view of entrepreneurship education program and their intersection with entrepreneurship activity across Northeast Ohio, the Foundation has a vantage point that allows it to link ideas, people and opportunities to advance entrepreneurship. The Foundation is involved in building an ecosystem of organization that work together to build a rich and product entrepreneurial culture in Northeast Ohio. For more information, visit