Prize List Announced: Motivated Yet?

It’s official folks.  The prizes for this year’s Lehigh Valley Startup Weekend have been finalized and we wanted to give you all some motivation heading into the weekend. The prizes being offered are exceptional and, if effectively leveraged by the winners, could substantially advance their endeavor and prepare their for taking the next steps in their startup’s journey.

Here’s the breakdown:

Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation – Entrepreneurial Education

11 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Lisa Getzler-Linn  |  lig4@lehigh.edu  |  (610) 758-4620

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place

  • Three (3) seats in the Venture Series Program to be split up as team sees fit (3 in one class / 1 in three classes). (visit their website HERE)

  • Work with a designated senior capstone team of 7 students from Lehigh’s Integrated Business & Engineering Honors Program. The program runs from January 2015 through December 2015.  There is no charge to participate and all the work product is owned by the start-up finalist, not the students or Lehigh University.

  • Value: $2700

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeast Pennsylvania – Venture Idol

116 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015
Wayne Barz  | wbarz@nep.benfranklin.org  |  (610) 758-5421

1st Place

  • Two team representatives will attend Ben Franklin Venture Idol on Thursday, Nov 21st for the chance to present. (visit their website HERE)

  • Affiliate Membership at Ben Franklin TechVentures business incubator (visit their website HERE)

  • Value: $1,025

RLB Certified Public Accountants

702 Hamilton Street, Suite 200, Allentown, PA 18101
Jeff Berdhal  |  jberdahl@rlbaccountants.com  |  (610) 434-7700

1st Place

  • Four (4) hours tax and accounting consulting relating to startup of your enterprise.

  • Value: $1,000

2nd Place

  • Three (3) hours tax and accounting consulting relating to startup of your enterprise.

  • Value: $900

3rd Place

  • Two (2) hours tax and accounting consulting relating to startup of your enterprise.

  • Value: $700

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba Attorneys at Law

4001 Schoolhouse Lane, Center Valley, PA 18034
Megan Beste  | mbeste@flblaw.com  |  (610) 797-9000 ext 252

1st Place

  • Three (3) one-hour consultations to discuss intellectual property issues related to the business.

  • Non-Disclosure Agreement and Intellectual Property Assignment forms tailored to the business.

  • Value: $1,170

2nd Place

  • One (1) hour consultation to discuss intellectual property issues related to the business.

  • Non-Disclosure Agreement and Intellectual Property Assignment forms tailored to the business.

  • Value: $665

3rd Place

  • One (1) hour consultation to discuss intellectual property issues related to the business.

  • Non-Disclosure Agreement or Intellectual Property Assignment forms tailored to the business.

  • Value: $405

AEDC – Coworking space provided at the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center

905 Harrison Street, Allentown, PA 18103
Anthony Durante  |  adurante@allentownedc.com  |  (610) 435-8890

1st, 2nd, 3rd Place

  • Shared desk space membership for up to two (2) team members for one (1) year.

  • Value: $600

MTS Ventures – Design Consulting & Prototyping

905 Harrison Street, Suite 136, Allentown, PA 18103
Matthew Sommerfield  |  Matt@mtsventures.com  |  (610) 351-3483

1st Place

  • Four (4) hours of consulting/machine time (materials not included)

  • Value: $580

2nd, 3rd Place

  • Two (2) hours of consulting/machine time (materials not included)

  • Value: $290

A Quick Note Concerning Prize Allocation: It is up to the winning teams to divvy up the prizes as they see fit and it is also up to the individual to follow up with the sponsors. Prizes may be claimed within one (1) year of the event at the discretion of the prize provider.








So I Have This Idea…

How many times have you heard someone say this?  They tell you about an amazing idea that they have and you can see the possibilities.  You start talking about it with them, just spitballing.  You look at your watch and a few hours have passed and that initial idea has been shaped and molded into something entirely new and just as exciting.

But what happens next?

All too often, great and revolutionary ideas never come to fruition.  There could be any number of reasons for this but often you’ll hear that life intervened or that they just had absolutely no knowledge or means to move the idea forward.

Well, this is what Startup Weekend is all about.  It’s about providing a venue for people with ideas to explore the potential of their ideas in a vibrant and unselfishly collaborative environment.  People who attend the weekend all share one thing in common – they love to explore new ideas and new possibilities.

And attendees come from all walks of life.  Some are serial entrepreneurs with an established track record for success.  Some just love the energy of the weekend and give freely of their time and expertise.  Some are looking for a new project to pursue. Some just come with an idea, not knowing what to expect.

During the inaugural 2012 Lehigh Valley Startup Weekend, the winning team was headed up by a woman with a vision for making technology in the classroom more efficient and relevant.  She just came with the idea.  She was an educator who identified a problem and wanted to do something about it.  She had no idea what to expect but she pitched her idea to the room on the first night of the weekend.  Her idea lit the imaginative fires of a few software developers and business professionals, passionate about her idea and eager to explore its potential.

They worked tirelessly for the remainder of the weekend, collaborating smoothly and picking the brains of the coaches in attendance.  By the end of the weekend, they had successfully built the proof of concept for an application that would allow for streamlined communication between teacher and student, facilitating more timely feedback on tests and homework assignments.

That woman with the idea was Rita Chesterton, co-founder of Skaffl, a startup regarded as one of the top education ventures in the country.  Since winning Lehigh Valley Startup Weeknd, Skaffl has gone on to become a Ben Franklin Technology PArtners Company, a 2013 TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco Battlefield Contender, and joined the LearnLaunchX Winter 2014 Accelerator Program. (For more info on Skaffl, click HERE.)

Rita’s experience at Startup Weekend exemplifies the spirit of the event.  It demonstrates just how important it is to present your ideas to the world with the hope of finding motivated people to travel with on a journey of discovery.  Rita came into the weekend with an idea and left with a winning concept, dedicated team, and the support of a community behind her.

And it all started here.  In the Lehigh Valley.  At Startup Weekend.

With the words, “So I have this idea…”