November 14, 2017, 5:30 to 9:30 PM

Venture Idol will be among the first public events held in the newly expanded Ben Franklin TechVentures West Wing.         

Ben Franklin TechVentures
Lehigh University Mountaintop Campus
116 Research Drive,
Bethlehem, PA  18015

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5:30  Networking and 
         Hors d' oeuvres 

7:00  Venture Idol Program

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host Venture Idol 2017, a cross between Shark Tank® and American Idol®.  This year's event will again feature a live simulated crowd funding event.

After earning their way through the afternoon selection process, three technology company entrepreneurs will briefly pitch their start-up companies to investors and attendees. Audience members decide how to “fund” the companies. With $100 of “Ben Bucks,” each guest will distribute his or her investment dollars in whole or part among the three finalists. Ben Franklin will later invest $15,000 in real dollars to the companies based on the "crowd-funded" audience vote.

8:30  Networking, Dessert and Winner Announcement



Fred Beste
  Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds

Investor Panelists:
Doug Petillo
   General Partner

    Leading Edge Ventures

James Marciano
    Managing Partner

    Strategic Exit Advisors

Paul J. Martino
    General Partner

    Bullpen Capital

Don Yount

    Activate Venture Partners

Keynote Presentation
Kirstie Chadwick
    CEO and President
    International Business Innovation Association (InBIA)

Hosted by:

Ben Franklin 
Technology Partners 
of Northeastern PA


$40 in advance

$50 the day of the event

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania