Join Us for the 2nd Annual

StartUp Lehigh Valley Pitch Competition!

Are you a entrepreneur looking to scale your business? Do you love the frenzy of a Shark Tank competition? Apply to compete – or join us – for the 2nd Annual StartUp Lehigh Valley Pitch Competition!

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$10,000 in prizes
will be awarded!

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When: 4:00-5:30 p.m. on
November 18, 2020

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StartUp Lehigh Valley is a quick-pitch competition for entrepreneurs based in and around the Lehigh Valley presented by Factory LLC and Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox. We partnered to create this event because we believe the Lehigh Valley has the potential to be a national hub of innovation on par with Austin, TX and Boulder, CO.

The goal of StartUp Lehigh Valley is to bring entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors, industry experts, merchants, higher education representatives, students and community members together in one room—this year a virtual one—in order to showcase the innovation that is already happening in our local community.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Ten local entrepreneurs—one of them could be you!—will each present a 2-minute quick pitch of their business idea or product. Afterwards our judges will have 1 minute to ask questions.

Everyone from the local community is invited to watch virtually on Zoom! Attendees are encouraged to interact via the chat—there will be prizes for the most engaged audience members—throughout the presentations and will vote for their favorite venture to take home $1,000.

$10,000 IN PRIZES

The top winners will be awarded monetary prizes thanks to our sponsor, Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, who will be giving out a total of $10,000 in prize money. Winners will be connected to extensive Factory LLC and Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox networks that include business, legal, and marketing resources, mentors, grant funding ops and more!

The winner of the audience’s vote will take home $1,000! Our esteemed judges will make the final call on who takes home the remaining prize money, with the grand champion taking home $3,500 in cash.

HOW TO APPLY

Record a 2-minute video of yourself pitching your business idea and upload it to our application portal. The deadline to apply is November 6, 2020.

apply

HOW TO ATTEND

Click the button to reserve your seat!

attend

WHAT TO EXPECT

Ten local entrepreneurs—one of them could be you!—will each present a 2-minute quick pitch of their business idea or product. Afterwards our judges will have 1 minute to ask questions.

Everyone from the local community is invited to watch virtually on Zoom! Attendees are encouraged to interact via the chat—there will be prizes for the most engaged audience members—throughout the presentations and will vote for their favorite venture to take home $1,000.

10,000 IN PRIZES

The top winners will be awarded monetary prizes thanks to our sponsor, Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, who will be giving out a total of $10,000 in prize money. Winners will be connected to extensive Factory and LaunchBox networks that include business, legal, and marketing resources, mentors, grant funding ops and more!

The winner of the audience’s vote will take home $1,000! Our esteemed judges will make the final call on who takes home the remaining prize money, with the grand champion taking home $3,500 in cash.

The MC for This Event

Richard Thompson

Founder and Managing Partner of Factory LLC

Former CEO of  Freshpet, The Meow Mix Company

and American Italian Pasta Company

Our Judges

Annette Durnack
Annette Durnack

Director of Business Development

Penn State Lehigh Valley LaunchBox

Mattew Bilsky
Matt Bilsky

Winner of StartUp Lehigh Valley 2019

FLX Solutions

Tony at Desk
Tony Silvaggio

CEO and Founder of Computer Aid, Inc

HOW TO APPLY

Record a 2-minute video of yourself pitching your business idea and upload it to our application portal. The deadline to apply is November 6, 2020.

apply

HOW TO ATTEND

Click the button to reserve your seat!

attend

ABOUT FACTORY

At Factory, we help small companies become big brands. We invest in high-potential food and beverage companies. These companies move their headquarters to our building in South Bethlehem, and our team members work closely with the companies’ founders to quickly scale up the brands.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Factory LLC
315 Columbia St., Bethlehem, PA 18015