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Lehigh Valley Startup Weekend

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Located an hour north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City, you will find Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Set among rolling, green hills and the winding Lehigh River, the region is home to the cities of Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton. You will find an exceptionally strong business climate. After all, companies of all sizes in virtually every industry – from global leaders to small start-ups -are thriving in Lehigh Valley.

Entrepreneurs / Startups
$99 regular / $49 student & veteran
  • When: Friday: 6:00pm-10:00pm / Saturday: 9:00am-10:00pm / Sunday: 9:00am-9:00pm
  • Start: 14 November 2014
  • End: 16 November 2014 23:59
Ben Franklin Tech Ventures


116 Research Drive
18015 Bethlehem, PA
(610) 758-5421

Ben Franklin TechVentures is a nationally acclaimed high-tech workspace and community for early-stage companies. Located on the Mountaintop campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the 109,000-square-foot facility successfully addresses the growing need for incubator space and affordable wet laboratory facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The facility is uniquely situated to meet the needs of emerging technology-oriented businesses, including the life sciences. Ben Franklin TechVentures brings new life to an historic facility that was once the seat of research and innovation for Bethlehem Steel, one of the most famous industrial companies of the 20th century.

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