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Entrepreneur Pitch

October 25, 2023

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


Wednesday, October 25, 2023; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Join us at Factory LLC
315 Columbia St. Bethlehem, PA 18015


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


More Information to come!


How It Works

Ten 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.

How to Apply

All startup founders and entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply. 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 at least have a prototype/product available for the judges to evaluate.

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

The application process will be open in the coming soon. Look for an announcement or check back often! 

Join Us!

Interested in watching the action live and in person here at Factory?
Tickets will be available closer to the event! 

The Judges

To be announced soon!

Past Winners


Grand Prize Winner
Giana Jarrah
With Meraki Co

1st Runner Up
Katy and Gwen
Beckon Ice Cream

2nd Runner Up
Sarah Beth Gleeson

LaunchBox Boost Awards
Jake Deleon
Fila Manila

Sarah Beth Gleeson

Steel City Motorsports

Kick Butt Award
Lehigh University 

Ben Franklin Award
Giana Jarrah
With Meraki Co

Audience Choice Award
Sarah Beth Gleeson


Nicole Chinnici

1st Runner Up
Amberlee Veni
Pippy Sips

LaunchBox Boost Awards
Nicol Cancelmo
DN Organics

Jonathan Grossman

Kenneth Keitt


Justin Gelwicks
WoodGoods Lacrosse

1st Runner Up
Jonathan Epstein
Salamander Reservoir

2nd Runner Up
Wesley Hart
Mantis 3D Printer


Matt Bilsky
FLX Solutions


Who is eligible to enter?

Entrepreneurs and founders of 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 we recommennd you at least 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, we will post registration info closer to the event date.

Where is the event located?

StartUp Lehigh Valley is hosted by Factory, at our innovation center in south Bethlehem.

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 hello@startuplehighvalley.com.

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