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For the past two months, several entrepreneurial teams have been participating via Zoom in an intensive Business Startup Boot Camp, Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@Southern Alleghenies. In partnership with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, this program targeted emerging tech entrepreneurs from the region, and the applicants represented an exciting mix of target markets, products, and services.
On Thursday, March 18, 2021, these emerging entrepreneurs made their final pitch presentations to a panel of independent judges. Business opportunities in this cohort ranged from remediation of acid mine drainage to developing a one-stop-shop for emotional wellness, advancing financial literacy, creating workplace communication apps, and vendor sourcing for contractors.
There was up to $10,000 on the table for the winning pitch. Audience attendees (via Zoom) had the opportunity to vote for their favorite presentation in the $1,000 “People’s Choice Award sponsored by Somerset Trust Company.
We had three winners: 1st Place was awarded to Earthwise Consulting – Branden Diehl & Stephen Reidell for $5,000; 2nd Place went to Accountability – Nancy Meyers for $4,000; and 3rd Place went to WorkTok – Lisa Leath and Wayne Hippo for $1,000.
The People’s Choice Award went to Worktok – Lisa and Wayne for an additional $1,000
Ben Franklin’s Regional Director, Jose Otero, commented, “Everyone did such a great job. Our startup boot camps provide a rigorous 10-week curriculum. Anyone who makes it through to pitch night, is a winner in my book. Congratulations and best of luck to all who participated.
The Ben Franklin Technology Partners is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.
A trio of startups took top prizes in a pitch competition hosted by the Harrisburg LaunchBox, an innovation and entrepreneurship hub at Penn State Harrisburg.
What's next: The winners receive business support services to further hone their ideas.
The background: The pitch competition took place virtually in November at the end of a weeklong virtual accelerator for business ideas. Eight startups took part.