SparkAK Turns Startup Ideas into Action

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On February 18th and 19th, Launch League hosted the third installment of SparkAK – Akron’s Entrepreneurship Weekend. The purpose of SparkAK is to give local innovators the opportunity to execute on business ideas with guidance from mentors and local startup founders.

Courtney GrasSparkAK Turns Startup Ideas into Action
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Akron’s Startup + Tech Community Unite at New Monthly Networking Events

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On January 19th, Launch League started off the new year by filling one of Akron’s premier food and drink venues (Chop and Swizzle) with the best and brightest startup founders and tech enthusiasts. Conversations topics varied from explaining a new startup idea to talking shop & discussing the challenges and successes of current projects.

Courtney GrasAkron’s Startup + Tech Community Unite at New Monthly Networking Events
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The Hack N’ Akron Success Story: How Akron’s Problem-Solvers Met Civic Challenges

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On Saturday, September 10th, 2016, Launch League hosted their first ever Civic Hackathon: Hack N’ Akron. Akron’s own software engineering company, WasteBits, offered up their newly renovated office space, setting the tone of problem solving with a cool, modern twist.

Courtney GrasThe Hack N’ Akron Success Story: How Akron’s Problem-Solvers Met Civic Challenges
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Startup Operations Community – Napkin to Startup: Ideation Event Recap

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Be sure to join us for our next event on 9/8 at 6:30 in downtown Akron! We’ll be interviewing a local founder on their process behind building a successful founding team.

The Startup Operations Community held its latest meeting on 8/10 at OSC Tech Lab in downtown Akron. The topic for this meeting was ideation. We dove into the various processes, tools, and research methods used in brainstorming and ideation for a startup.

Ken Burns from Tiny Circuits went through how to define innovation and ideation, looked into different types of brainstorming, reviewed some best practices and approaches, and answered a few attendee questions relating to how to come up with an idea for a startup or a new product. Check out the video recap below for an interesting look into how a startup thinks up new products.

 

Nicholas PetroskiStartup Operations Community – Napkin to Startup: Ideation Event Recap
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Front-end Development June Meeting Recap

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Front-End Development Micro-community Vol. 3

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Akron Front-End Development Micro-community (#AkFED) wrapped up its third meeting on June 25th. The focus was a Lean Coffee format that allowed participants to vote on and discuss a wide range of topics in 5 minute increments.

The group was split off into three teams. Each team wrote a list of topics that they wished to discuss and posted them on the wall under the “To Be Discussed” header. They then voted and the topic with the highest vote went under the “Discussing” header. The moderator for each group kept everyone on track as they explained or asked questions about certain topics.

Byron DelpinalFront-end Development June Meeting Recap
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Front-end Development May Meeting Recap

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Front-End Development Micro-community Vol. 2

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On Monday, May 23rd, Akron’s Front-End Development Micro-community met again to discuss four new topics: CSS Purge, Creating a WordPress Plugin, HTTP/2, and responsive email templates. The meeting was a blend of experienced coders and several self-described “newbies.” This mix allowed the newbies the chance to reach out and ask questions. The lightning talks ranged from semi-basic to a little more involved.

Byron DelpinalFront-end Development May Meeting Recap
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Akron-Innovation on Wheels with StartupBus!

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If you’re from the area and have never heard the word “buspreneur” before, that’s probably because 2016 marks the first year that a StartupBus is departing from Akron, Ohio. With a mission to “empower people to disrupt the status quo and create a better life for us all”, StartupBus is an annual competition designed to challenge top tier talent to hop on a bus and conceive, build and launch a startup in 72 hours. Startupbus isn’t limited to Akron, however. This year’s competition includes teams from across the country, with other competing buses coming from Mexico City, New York, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Tampa. After a few days, all buses will meet in Boulder, Colorado for the final competition, where teams will pitch for Techstars as part of Boulder Startup Week.

Courtney GrasAkron-Innovation on Wheels with StartupBus!
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Introducing a New Launch League Event Series

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Over the past year we’ve had a monthly startup dinner. These have been great places to meet others and chat about anything and everything related to startups. We’ve received some great feedback about them and the one thing that stood out was that some people would really love a regular social event centered around tech rather than startups.

Nicholas PetroskiIntroducing a New Launch League Event Series
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