Ben Franklin (NE) TechVentures’ annual Venture Idol competition is tomorrow night; Virtual and free this year

Tom Paine

Bethlehem isn’t that far away, but its the headquarters for a different Ben Franklin Region – Northeast Pennsylvania. It does some things differently from the way Ben Franklin Technology Partners Southeastern PA does: I like both models and if you’re active in the Philly Tech Scene its worth it to familiarize yourself with our northern neighbors.

A good way to do that is to “attend” tomorrow night’s free and virtual – this year – Ben Franklin TechVentures’ Venture Idol competition. It opens with a panel discussion among 4 area venture capitalists, including Bullpen Capital’s Paul Martino, on current venture market conditions.

Following that will be the venture competition between 3 startuups who have already survived a rigorous selection process. Ben Franklin describes it as a cross between Shark Tank and American Idol. A total of $15,000 will be invested among the three startups according to how the audience votes, which can include you.

The event starts at 6PM tomorrow, November 17. Registration and more information is available here.