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July 2020 Issue of LVStartup Has Been Released

By Colin McEvoy on July 7, 2020

LVstartup is a monthly e-newsletter about the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial scene.

LVstartup is a monthly e-newsletter about the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial scene.

The July 2020 issue of LVstartup, a monthly e-newsletter about entrepreneurs and startups in the Lehigh Valley, has been released.

Click here to see the new issue, and click here if you’d like to subscribe to future issues of the LVstartup e-newsletter, which is released each first Thursday of the month.

This month’s edition highlights stories about a Lafayette College alumnus launching a sci-fi board game, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania supporting regional companies, and four Lehigh Valley school districts being featured among the best What’s So Cool About Manufacturing? videos in Pennsylvania.

Other stories included the Made Possible in Lehigh Valley campaign telling the region’s stories, a Lehigh University team working to disrupt the spread of COVID-19, OraSure Technologies receiving funding for a coronavirus antibody test, and an Allentown company developing the hygienic elevator button product PushSafe.

The issue also spotlights upcoming events, including a Code Together event, LVtech’s monthly meetup, and an application to virtually pitch in Lehigh University’s EUREKA! Summer Pitch Competition.

Additionally, LVstartup features a Lehigh Valley startup each month. This issue, the company is PayrollMart, which offers a software-as-a-service platform that makes the processes of pricing and quoting, and then implementing payroll services easy for small and mid-size employers.

The Brookings Institution, a think tank based in Washington, D.C., earlier this year ranked Lehigh Valley among the top 10 places its size in its entrepreneurship category.

Visit here for a full archive of past LVstartup issues.

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LVEDC’s Entrepreneurship Council of the Lehigh Valley aims to improve the entrepreneurial environment of the region by listening to its entrepreneurs, identifying their unmet needs, communicating regional entrepreneurship initiatives between council members, and connecting local resources to continue the development of new entrepreneurial support initiatives.

LVstartup receives input from various organizations that serves the local entrepreneurial community, including LVEDC, the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation at Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Tech, the Allentown Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), the Bethlehem Department of Community and Economic DevelopmentBen Franklin Technology PartnersPenn State Lehigh Valley, and others.

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