Launch League’s core is community. It’s no wonder that our Micorommunity program is a key focus behind who we are and what we do. With a goal to attract and engage talent in Akron, Launch League Microcmmunities have been around since the beginning. At the start of the year, we were proud to announce a new Community (Design) and have additional plans for growth throughout 2017. Today we are excited to announce a new addition to the Launch League team, Byron Delpinal, who will serve as our Microcommunity Coordinator
Courtney GrasLaunch League Leadership Grows with new Microcommunity Coordinator
Sometimes you have to take a step back from the excitement of a growing startup-community and say “thanks” to the organizations that make it all possible. Since 2014, Launch League has been making Akron the place to build a scalable startup by creating a startup ecosystem. Our mission to attract, engage and connect talent to startups to support economic development has been supported by the Burton D Morgan Foundation since 2015. The result of this support has been incredible. In 2016 alone:
Courtney GrasLaunch League Honored with Continued Support from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation
A lot has changed since Launch League was formed and our original logo was created. We’ve gone from a scrappy group of founders to, well a scrappy group of founders who can pull off one heck of a conference 😀
2016 has been an incredible year for Launch League. New programming, new leadership, and continued growth on the foundation we built in 2015. I’m excited for what’s next in 2017, but first, let me summarize what our community accomplished this year.
I have the honor of reflecting on the incredible community building and engagement I witnessed on Friday at Flight. As I attempt to put into words the excitement our startup community feels at this time, know that nothing can really compare to being there. But I’ll do my very best!
Courtney GrasThe view from orbit: director’s notes on a successful “Flight”
Launch League has a new Executive Director, and here’s her story:
When I was in college, I listened to countless people talk about how I should strive to have a career that doesn’t feel like work to me. Day in and day out, the ideal situation is to be doing exactly what I am great at, and exactly what I love. I am thrilled to announce that as-of today, I have that career by accepting the position of Interim Executive Director for Launch League.
Akron is nothing short of beautiful in the fall and the people here are a perfect reflection of that. I was reminded of the supportive and growing community just this week. It’s natural in the startup phase to go through fits of excitement, as well as feel the doubt that accompanies any great task. Last week, I found myself in one of those dark places where the walls seemed a little smaller and progress seemed to be like a mountain I climbed up in Afghanistan with a 40lb pack, slow and nearly unbearable. Who has built something of importance and not felt those pangs of “is this going to work?” If you haven’t felt that terror rush over you, I suggest undertake more important things!
It’s a beautiful fall day in Akron, Ohio what are you building? As Executive Director of Launch League I ask myself and our team, “What are we building?” every day. A community is something to behold, long lasting and resilient if it is designed as such but can be temperamental and fidgety in her infancy. The question is asked daily, “what is Launch League?” and our answer is refined just as often as it is asked. We are a community, not in the geographical but in the interactional sense. We are a group of people who have decided that we will not wait for other people to build what we know has to be done to make our city great, build great companies that change the world. This is no small task and we are not small minded people, but pretenders and dreamers and most of all believers. We have declared our intentions secured our alliances and now we go, ever forward, and do what so many great men and women have done before. Build great big things.