StartUp Lehigh Valley Pitch Competition 2021

More details for our 2021 event are coming soon. Stay tuned!

$10,000 in prizes
will be awarded!

When: October 27, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Watch StartUp Lehigh Valley 2020 here!

StartUp Lehigh Valley is a quick-pitch competition for entrepreneurs based in and around the Lehigh Valley presented by Factory LLC, Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox and Chase. The goal of StartUp Lehigh Valley is to bring entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, industry experts, merchants, higher education representatives, students and community members together in order to showcase the innovation that is already happening in our local community and support entrepreneurs.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Ten local entrepreneurs will each present a 2-minute quick pitch of their business idea or product. Afterwards our judges will have 1 minute to ask questions.

Everyone from the local community is invited to watch virtually on Zoom! Attendees are encouraged to interact via the chat—there will be prizes for the most engaged audience members—throughout the presentations and will vote for their favorite venture to take home $1,000.

$10,000 IN PRIZES

The top winners will be awarded monetary prizes thanks to our sponsor, Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, who will be giving out a total of $10,000 in prize money. Winners will be connected to extensive Factory LLC and Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox networks that include business, legal, and marketing resources, mentors, grant funding ops and more!

The winner of the audience’s vote will take home $1,000! Our esteemed judges will make the final call on who takes home the remaining prize money, with the grand champion taking home $3,500 in cash.

HOW TO APPLY

We are not yet accepting applications for 2021. Please check back!

HOW TO ATTEND

Mark your calendar for October 27, 2021 at 5 p.m.! We will post info on how to attend closer to the event date!

WHAT TO EXPECT

Ten local entrepreneurs—one of them could be you!—will each present a 2-minute quick pitch of their business idea or product. Afterwards our judges will have 1 minute to ask questions.

Everyone from the local community is invited to join us and participate by voting on their favorite venture to take home the Audience's Choice Award of $1,000.

10,000 IN PRIZES

The top winners will be awarded monetary prizes thanks to our sponsor, Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, who will be giving out a total of $10,000 in prize money. Winners will be connected to extensive Factory and LaunchBox networks that include business, legal, and marketing resources, mentors, grant funding ops and more!

The winner of the audience’s vote will take home $1,000! Our esteemed judges will make the final call on who takes home the remaining prize money, with the grand champion taking home $3,500 in cash.

Last Year's Winners

Justin Gelwicks, WoodGoods Lacrosse
Winner
Justin Gelwicks

WoodGoods Lacrosse

Jonathan Epstein, The Salamander Reservoir
1st Runner Up
Jonathan Epstein

The Salamander Reservoir (JTJ Tech, LLC)

Wesley Hart, Mantis 3D Printer
2nd Runner Up
Wesley Hart

Mantis 3D Printer (Verde Mantis)

HOW TO APPLY

Record a 2-minute video of yourself pitching your business idea and upload it to our application portal. The deadline to apply is November 6, 2020.

apply

HOW TO ATTEND

Click the button to reserve your seat!

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ABOUT FACTORY

At Factory, we help small companies become big brands. We invest in high-potential food and beverage companies. These companies move their headquarters to our building in South Bethlehem, and our team members work closely with the companies’ founders to quickly scale up the brands.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Factory LLC
315 Columbia St., Bethlehem, PA 18015