Center Valley, p. – Lehay Valley LaunchBox, powered by Penn State, on Wednesday, October 27, will once again partner with Factory LLC to present the region’s next generation of entrepreneurs for the first time at the third annual StartUp Lehigh Valley pitch competition.

Nicole Chinichi, the startup behind the natural ticks, was the big winner of the night, winning both the $ 5,000 Grand Prix and the $ 1,000 Audience Choice Award from her nine competitors. Live audience at Factory Bethlehem headquarters. The event was broadcast live on WFMZ-TV 69 News.

As the main sponsor of the event, Lehay Valley Launchbox presented a $ 10,000 prize for the competition, with factory managing partners Richard Thompson and Liz Captain, director of the PSU-LV Multimedia Innovation Center, and Amy Award-winning producer and host.

“That’s what we want – the original idea is what sets your product apart from others,” Keptner said. “We are also looking for market viability – does this solve people’s problems? And then, of course, how well you store the product. It Is Important ”

“Drinking is important because you always want to make money,” Thompson added.

10 All finalists had two minutes to complete the race. Since then, questions have been asked about the four judges. Dan Bosket, entrepreneur and multi-small business owner and consultant for the Lehay Valley Launchbox; Tony Ineli, CEO and President of the Great Lehi Valley Chamber of Commerce; And Rolly Nessie, founder of ROAR Organic, an electrolyte beverage supplemented with vitamins and antioxidants.

Given the serious health risks of ticks, Chinichi immediately became sensitive to her products.

“One in three people is affected not only in Pennsylvania but throughout the United States,” said Chinichi. “I came here to solve the growing public health crisis.”

The competition’s second prize was $ 2,500 for Amberley Vente, CEO and founder of PPP SIP, an all-inclusive system that stores, refrigerates and controls breast milk.

“I long for women’s freedom in their daily lives,” said Ventti, adding that they are often overweight, including breastfeeding and breastfeeding mothers.

One of the three $ 500 LaunchBox Boost awards presented to PSU-LV alumni and Launchbox graduate Kenneth Kit received the Health and Fitness Program and mobile app for the Paraper 4 Mans Health Technology Company. Other Boost Award Recipients FuelCred Mobile App Require Federal Petroleum Tax Refunds / Credits: And DN Organic, creator of women’s natural hair care products by former Penn State Berke students Corey Dahlia Varona Cornelius and Nicole Varona Kanselmo.

Other startups competing in Startup Lehigh Valley: Deco-ProjectMOVE, a private organization and destruction service launched by 2021 Lehigh Valley LaunchBox Idea TestLab winner Jevata Crawford; Car builders to camp, sleeping platforms and storage systems allow people to get out of SUVs. Finco, a virtual environment for K-12 students to learn about investment and business; Ideas Novel LLC, Develop a Sandwich Ingredients Organization and Storage Tool And North Port, a cheese ball company, focusing on gourmet cheese balls.

All participants had the opportunity to network on the event, and now have access to LaunchBox’s general start-up services, free legal advice, financial support, training and more.

PSU-LV Chancellor Tina Kyrie Richardson said: “Creativity has paved the way for us to grow from the first person to the fire that ignited the industrial era.” But no matter how brilliant an idea is, until the talented, supportive, and courageous individual catches it, creates it, and successfully promotes it for profit, the idea is only for the entrepreneur. To redouble our commitment to innovation in our region – the backbone of our workforce, the foundation of all business and the reason we created LaunchBox. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting event and look forward to helping these aspiring entrepreneurs emerge and attract in partnership with the factory and Penn State’s massive start-up resources.

About Lehigh Valley LaunchBox

Lehigh Valley LaunchBox It’s Penn State – and a community-sponsored business acceleration program created as part of the Invention Pen State initiative. The Lehay Valley Launchbox program offers small grants to young entrepreneurs. Leigh Valley Launchbox Partners connects micro grant recipients with Aluminum, business leaders and academic partners to provide advice and help initiate ideas and turn them into useful products. All members of the Lehi Valley community and Penn State faculty, staff and students with business ideas are welcome to join the Lehigh Valley LaunchBox.