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Ben Franklin Virtual Venture Idol

REGISTER NOW!  Free-of-charge to attend.

Virtual event held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 5:00 – 7:45 PM

Ben Franklin Venture Idol is a cross between Shark Tank® and American Idol®. After earning their way through the selection process held earlier in the month, three technology entrepreneurs will briefly pitch their start-up companies to investors and attendees. Audience members will “invest” 100 “Ben Bucks” among the companies. Ben Franklin Technology Partners will later invest a total of $15,000 in real dollars to the companies based on the “crowd-funded” audience vote.

AGENDA

5:00 PM  Networking – Get to know the Entrepreneurs – Interact virtually with participating companies before the event. Using networking rooms, our participating companies will make their pitches and answer questions prior to the event itself, providing opportunities to talk with the entrepreneurs and each other.

6:00      Keynote Panel Discussion- “What has 2020 Taught Us About Start-Ups and Funding Them in 2021?  – Making predictions has never been an easy task and the events of 2020 have made it even more complicated. It’s a period of great uncertainty and shift in the way we work, live and interact – a period of changes that we have to embrace.

Our panel will talk about what this means for startups and what is in store for them and venture capitalists in 2021.

Keynote Panel: Joe Blair, Cota Capital; Paul Martino, Bullpen Capital; Todd Pietri, Activate Ventures

 6:30     Venture Idol Competition – Watch three founders pitch their companies to our investor panel who will provide feedback and insight into what investors are looking for in a business.

Emcee: Don Yount, Activate Ventures

Investor Panel: Dan Loikits, Lehigh Valley Angel Investors; Margot Matouk, NextAct Fund; Katherine O’Neill, Broad Street Angels; Matt Rhodes, 1855 Capital

7:45       Audience Vote and Winner Announcement

ADMISSION: This year’s event will be held virtually and is free-of-charge to guests.

Click HERE to register.

Questions?  Contact Evelyn Leon: eleon@nep.benfranklin.org (610) 758-5211