November 8, 2018, 5:30 to 9:30 PM

Venture Idol will be held in the Ben Franklin TechVentures West Wing.         

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

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              Program

5:30  Networking and 
         Hors d' oeuvres 

7:00  Venture Idol Program

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host Venture Idol 2018, a cross between Shark Tank® and American Idol®. 

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 in the companies based on the "crowd-funded" audience vote.

Watch as investment banker and Lehigh University professor, Dale Falcinelli, facilitates a simulated deal negotiation, which happens after an angel or venture capitalist offers to invest in a company. Audience members will learn about tradeoffs in negotiating valuation, control, and liquidity.

8:30  Networking, Dessert, and Winner Announcement 

Emcee:
Fred Beste
  President
  Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds

Investor Panelists:
Clark DeHaven
    Limited Partner

    SoundBoard Angel Fund

Marc Kramer
    Executive Director

    Private Investors Forum

Elizabeth D. Sigety
    Partner

    Fox Rothschild LLP

Brett Topche
    Managing Director

    Red and Blue Ventures


Hosted by:

Ben Franklin 
Technology Partners 
of Northeastern PA

Cost: 

$40 in advance

$50 the day of the event

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania