StartUp Lehigh Valley

Entrepreneur Pitch

Win $10,000 in prizes!

October 27, 2021

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Presented by

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What Icon

StartUp Lehigh Valley is a pitch competition for PA entrepreneurs designed to showcase innovation happening in our community and support the next generation of local business leaders.


Wednesday, October 27, 2021
6:30  – 8:00 PM


Broadcast live on WFMZ-TV 69News from Factory LLC! Join us in-person at Factory, watch the broadcast on WFMZ, or stream on YouTube!


Three winners take home a slice of $10,000 in prizes awarded by Penn State Lehigh Valley’s LaunchBox!

Grand Prize: $5,000
1st Runner Up: $2,500
Audience Choice Award: $1,000
LaunchBox Boost Awards (3): $500

All participants get connected with Lehigh Valley LaunchBox’s resources for startup businesses, including legal advice, marketing resources, mentors, grant funding opportunities, and more! You’ll be pitching your company in front of local business leaders, investors, and community leaders and will have the opportunity to network before and after the main event.

How It Works

Ten local entrepreneurs will each have two minutes to pitch their products to a panel of judges. Afterwards, the judges will have two minutes to ask questions. After all contestants have pitched, the judges will select the winners. The audience will also vote for an Audience Choice Award.

The show will be hosted by Richard Thompson, managing partner at Factory, and Liz Keptner, director of the Multimedia Innovation Center at Penn State – Lehigh Valley and Emmy award-winning producer and host.

How to Apply

If you are interested in participating in the pitch competition, please click the button below to fill out the application.

All startup founders and entrepreneurs in PA are eligible to apply, as long as you are 18 or older. Products and companies in any industry are welcome. Your company does not need to be established in order to participate (though preference will be given to companies that are up and running), but you must have a prototype available for the judges to evaluate.

The StartUp Lehigh Valley committee will review applications and invite ten startups to participate.

The application is now closed! Follow Factory’s social pages to find out when we announce the finalists.

Note: Because the event will be held live and in-person at Factory, selected finalists must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination in order to participate.

Join Us!

Our in-person audience is now filled, but please tune-in to watch the show live on WFMZ-TV! We will also post the links to the web stream on Factory’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages when the event starts.

The Judges

Sue Yee is the founder and CEO of Active Data, a digital products and services company focused on event commerce and online ticketing. She has also served on the boards of many area organizations, including the Lehigh Valley Health Network Board of Trustees and the PBS-WLTV 39 Board of Directors.

Dan Bosket is an entrepreneur and owner of several small businesses who also serves as a board member of the Allentown Chamber of Commerce, director of the Community Action Development Corporation of Allentown, and advisor for Lehigh Valley LaunchBox.

Tony Iannelli is CEO and president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. He hosts Business Matters, a local business show broadcast by WFMZ-TV featuring face-paced interviews on hot topics.

Roly Nesi is the founder of ROAR Organic, a refreshing electrolyte beverage enhanced with vitamins and antioxidants. He partnered with Factory and moved ROAR’s headquarters to Bethlehem in 2020.

Past Winners


Justin Gelwicks
WoodGoods Lacrosse

1st Runner Up
Jonathan Epstein
Salamander Reservoir

2nd Runner Up
Wesley Hart
Mantis 3D Printer


Matt Bilsky
FLX Solutions


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Who is eligible to enter?

Entrepreneurs and founders of PA-based startups are eligible to participate. You must also be 18 or older to apply to pitch.

Does my company need to be up and running to enter?

No, but you must have a prototype of your product available for the judges to evaluate. However, preference will be given to businesses that have already launched or are actively working towards a launch.

Can I attend the event if I’m not pitching?

Yes, you can register to attend in person here. StartUp Lehigh Valley will also be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube.

Where is the event located?

StartUp Lehigh Valley is hosted by Factory, at our innovation center in south Bethlehem. You will also be able to attend virtually via Facebook Live or YouTube. If you plan to attend in person, please register here.

Factory’s address:
315 Columbia St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Are there rules for how I can use the prize money?

Prize money must be used for costs associated with advancing your business, and you will need to provide receipts.

How can I contact StartUp Lehigh Valley?

Please email us at

Startup Lehigh Valley