NEO LaunchNET at LCCC welcomes you to stop by and let us assist you with your entrepreneurial ideas.
Lorain County Community College
NEOLaunchNET at Lorain County Community College opened its doors to students November 17, 2015. NEOLaunchNET is located on the first floor of the Barbara and Mike Bass Library/Community Resource Center, LC 114. Educating the next generation of entrepreneurs is critical to the economic revitalization of this country; NEO LaunchNET helps to revitalize on a regional scale using our region's leading universities and colleges. It helps fill the missing educational gap in higher education in Northeast Ohio at Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University and Lorain County Community College - the only community college location.
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation
In 2011, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation formed a partnership with The Blackstone Charitable Foundation to support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio by awarding $3.2 million in funding to four area institutions - Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, and Lorain County Community College - to implement BLP campus programs. BLP, a national initiative founded by the University of Miami, is a campus based entrepreneurship program designed to support and mentor students, staff, and alumni, regardless of major.
During the past four years, entrepreneurship programming on all four campuses has grown by leaps and bounds, with more than 2,100 students participating in the program and close to 1,200 ventures explored, resulting in 200 companies that have attracted over $1 million in follow-on funding and created 230 full and part-time jobs. Further, the BLP program has been instrumental in advancing the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem and its connectivity to the four campuses.
By the end of 2015, programs at the four campuses will transition to a unique regional entrepreneurship program, building upon but separate from the BLP program, and supported by the Foundation and the four institutions. Blackstone Charitable Foundation's support of this program will taper off, as it focuses on nurturing its many other BLP programs across the nation and in Ireland.
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation is committed to continuing to partner with all four campuses to promote collegiate entrepreneurship. Stay tuned for more news on this exciting transition, which will include details of program and support, as well as a new name.
Recent News and Events
Welcome to the NEO LaunchNET website.
Future Activities for NEO LaunchNET members:
- Workshops and competitions
- Luncheons in lounge