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Entrepreneur Pitch
COMPETITION

October 26, 2022

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WHAT
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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.

WHEN
October

Wednesday, October 26, 2022; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Join us at Factory LLC
315 Columbia St. Bethlehem, PA 18015

WHERE
Bethlehem

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!

WHY
Why

The three top winners take home a slice of up to $33,000 in prizes awarded!

Grand Prize: $20,000
1st Runner Up: $3,000
2nd Runner Up: $2,000

Ben Franklin Award: $5,000
Click here for more information about Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania

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.

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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 deadline to enter is October 7, 2022

Submit Your Application

Join Us!

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Click below to get your tickets to the show and be apart of StartUp Lehigh Valley!

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The Judges

Sue Yee is the founder and CEO of Active Data.

Mike Tierney is the founder & CEO of Stuffed Puffs.

Doug Engler is the Lehigh Valley Regional Manager for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Chris LaBonge is the owner of Doan Distillery, co-owner of the Trolley Barn Public Market, Principal at Adtell, Inc.

Past Winners

2021

Winner
Nicole Chinnici
Organtick

1st Runner Up
Amberlee Veni
Pippy Sips

LaunchBox Boost Awards
Nicol Cancelmo
DN Organics

Jonathan Grossman
FuelCred

Kenneth Keitt
ParaPer4mance

2020

Winner
Justin Gelwicks
WoodGoods Lacrosse

1st Runner Up
Jonathan Epstein
Salamander Reservoir

2nd Runner Up
Wesley Hart
Mantis 3D Printer

2019

Winner
Matt Bilsky
FLX Solutions

FAQs

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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