StartUp Lehigh Valley

Entrepreneur Pitch

Win $10,000 in prizes!

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

5:00 – 6:30 PM

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.


October 27, 2021
5:00 – 6:30 PM


Factory + Virtual
315 Columbia St.
Bethlehem, PA 18015


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

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 a grand prize winner and two runners-up to take home a combined $10,000 in prizes. The audience will also vote for an Audience Choice Award.

How to Apply

If you are interesting 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. The StartUp Lehigh Valley committee will review applications and invite ten startups to participate.

Deadline to apply: October 1, 2021

Apply Now

Join Us!

All local business leaders, investors, and community members are invited to join us to watch the competition. You can join the audience in-person at Factory’s innovation center in south Bethlehem or watch on Facebook Live or YouTube!

Note: If you would like to attend in person, you must register to attend via Eventbrite by clicking the button below.

Register to Attend

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


Lehigh Valley Launchbox


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.

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