Young Entrepreneurs Seek Lehigh Valley for Startup Success


In searching for the ideal startup and living climate, three young entrepreneurs chose the Lehigh Valley as their new home and launchpad

10/11/16, BETHLEHEM, PA: After graduating college and faced with the question “what’s next?”, the answer was obvious to the three young men – develop this company they had been discussing for quite some time. However, due to the gravity and reality of their college loans, they were forced to move back to their homes to help lessen the weight of the costs they had just accumulated. But home had three very different geographic meanings for the three young men. It was obvious that if they were to continue developing their company, they would have to decide on a single location to call their home and headquarters.

Such a big decision would require some serious research so the three began meticulously combing through all the statistics and reviews they could find. The criteria they were basing their decision on included three important values – location, cost of living and opportunity/ investment climate. As they continued researching the possible next locations to build their company and lives in, the choice was becoming more and more obvious – the Lehigh Valley. The Lehigh Valley has all three and it continues to be reflected in their lives says Soltech Solutions’ Co-founder Michael Planer. “Opportunity is everywhere here, whether you’re looking to start a company in one of the many business incubators or just looking to entertain friends and family on weekends – it’s all here, and at an affordable price. Commuting for meetings in Philadelphia and New York is a regular occurrence while growing our company and we’re lucky to have both major cities so close, but even better is being able to come home to Bethlehem.”

It’s been a year and a half since moving to Southside Bethlehem, and Paul Hodges, 25, Mike Planer, 26 and Chris Clark, 26,of Soltech Solutions all agree it’s been nothing less than ideal. Living on 3rd Street and working out of the Hatchhouse Ventures business incubator on 4th Street, the three agree that you can’t deny the remarkable sense of community and support of enterprise the Lehigh Valley offers. “It’s communities like this that keep the American Dream alive”, says Chris.

Soltech Solutions has officially launched their Kickstarter campaign for their revolutionary grow light, the Aspect. The Aspect is the first LED grow light developed specifically for interior design, allowing you to grow any plant – anywhere, while aesthetically enhancing any indoor space. With the Aspect, you can comfortably grow anything, from a pineapple to fresh spices to an avocado tree, anywhere throughout your home or office.

The Kickstarter is viewable on

About Soltech Solutions LLC: Operating out of Bethlehem, PA, Soltech Solutions is a young startup that develops green and energy efficient products to enhance your daily life. Together they have years of experience in the fields of energy engineering and environmental science and continue to design and handcraft their product lines with the mission of helping you live healthier and happier.
Information provided by:
Paul Hodges, Co-founder
Soltech Solutions
Twitter: @SolTech