October 25, 2023
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
Penn State Lehigh Valley Launchbox Awards:
NEW! $3,000 Founders Award
(3 )$500 Boost Awards.
Lehigh Ventures Lab Award: Six months of direct support to meet a meaningful business milestone.
Audience Choice Award: $1,000
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
Seven 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 seven startups to participate.
The application is now closed. Applicants who are chosen will be notified. Good luck to all!
Interested in watching the action live and in person here at Factory?
Tickets are now available!
Sue Yee is the founder and CEO of Active Data.
Giana Jarrah is the founder of Meraki Co. and grand prize winner 2022 + Ben Franklin Tech Award Winner.
Rich Thompson serial entrepreneur and is the founder of Factory LLC.
George Lewis Senior Assistant to the President and CEO, LVEDC – Supporting LVEDC objectives for business attraction and retention, talent strategies, and marketing economic assets.
Entrepreneurs and founders of startups are eligible to participate. You must also be 18 or older to apply to pitch.
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.
Yes, we will post registration info closer to the event date.
StartUp Lehigh Valley is hosted by Factory, at our innovation center in south Bethlehem.
Prize money must be used for costs associated with advancing your business, and you will need to provide receipts.