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  • Oct. 5: The first of three "runway" events will be held today in anticipation of the Venture Lehigh Valley weekend, which run Oct. 23-25. The first runway event is entitled "So You Have An Idea: Getting Critical About Your Plan." Other runway events will be held later in the month.
  • Oct. 11-15: The 14th International Semantic Web Conference, the premier international forum for intelligent processing of web data.
  • Oct. 22: The Lehigh Valley Meet the Buyers Expo gives small businesses the opportunity to meet face-to-face with government and private industry professionals to discuss business opportunities, develop leads, and discuss procurement deals for products and services.
  • Nov. 4: As an entrepreneur, how do you take your ideas and make them reality? Find out at the Young Professionals Council event "FERMENT & INVENT: A Taste of Entrepreneurship from Allentown's Business Incubator."
  • Nov. 12: Ben Franklin Venture Idol is like a cross between Shark Tank and American Idol, but with entrepreneurs and investors instead of vocalists and celebrities. It will be held at Lehigh University's Mountaintop Campus.
  • Nov. 16: Lehigh University's Baker Institute will host the free event "CREATIVATE: Explore Creativity & Innovation," which will include student inventors and products, hands-on activities, 3-D printers in action, ribbon cutting in its expanded Maker Space, and more.
  • Give a read to the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp.'s story about DynAccess, a Bethlehem startup that makes skis for paraplegic athletes
  • Check out the Allentown Economic Development Corporation's Three Questions with Rita Chesterton, Muhlenberg College's new Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • This Lehigh Valley Business story discusses how Lehigh University has expanded its additive manufacturing capabilities with new equipment and a "broad view of the future of this rapidly-changing technology"
  • The Hazleton Standard Speaker has a story quoting Ken Okrepkie, regional manager for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, about how small businesses that start in a business incubator have a better chance of surviving than those that don't

Stackablz are 3-D puzzles for children ages three and over, made up of non-obvious slices that the child has to reassemble to create a final three-dimensional shape. The puzzle is intended not only to be fun, but to help improve cross-sectional spatial skills in children, an area currently underexplored by mainstream educational toys and games, according to Stackablz founder Lauren Villaverde, 23, who just a speaker at the TEDxLehighRiver event.