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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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 

Fred Beste
  Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds

Investor Panelists:
Clark DeHaven
    Limited Partner

    SoundBoard Angel Fund

Marc Kramer
    Executive Director

    Private Investors Forum

Elizabeth D. Sigety

    Fox Rothschild LLP

Brett Topche
    Managing Director

    Red and Blue Ventures

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