Urban Co-Works to Host Entrepeneur Night

Urban Co-Works is excited to announce its first Entrepreneur Night, sponsored by Community Bank, will be hosted on April 23, 2024, from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. Local professionals are invited to join for an evening of entrepreneurial innovation, inspiration, and networking at Urban Co-Works, a premiere coworking space located in downtown Scranton.

The night will kick-off with a presentation hosted by NEPA Tech featuring Dr. John G Duesler, president of the PA Drone Association, as he discusses The Innovation Trap: How Ideas, Technologies, and Discoveries Deceive Us. Dr. John G Duesler brings a wealth of experience to the table as the President of the Pennsylvania Drone Association. His focus on the burgeoning drone economy is not just limited to aerial work with sports networks but extends into the realm of agriculture.

“Building a community of individuals who are passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, business, and the arts is a key to the future growth of Scranton and Northeast Pennsylvania as a whole. That is NEPA Tech’s mission since 2016,” said John George, NEPA Tech Committee Chairperson. “NEPA Tech is excited to collaborate with Urban Co-Work’s Entrepreneur Night to further this goal. Collaboration and cross-promotion is multiplicative. Together we will go far.”

Following Dr. Duesler, two young entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas and receive feedback on how to best position their brands. The first to pitch will be David Yeager, CEO and founder of Showcase, a music discovery platform that creates a collective listening experience along with connection points and conversations between both the Artists and the fans. Second to pitch will be Julio Pertuz, CEO and founder of Fidbak, a digital platform transforming the learning and skill development process.

“Entrepreneurship is growing in Scranton and we’re looking forward to hosting Entrepreneur Night here at Urban Co-Works to help foster new business ideas throughout the community,” said Jeff Goronkin, founder and CEO of Urban Co-works. “This will be a unique opportunity for anyone interested in starting their own company to learn from local business leaders, gain insights, forge connections, and be a part of the entrepreneurial spirit driving innovation in Scranton and beyond.”

Goronkin is working with Ken Okrepkie of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania to secure additional entrepreneurs to present throughout the year. 

“Investing in local entrepreneurs is so important so that we can foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem that will lead to job creation and a stronger economy in Scranton and Northeastern PA,” said Ken Okrepkie. “I look forward to working with Jeff to support these entrepreneurs and hopefully bring their companies to fruition in our city.”


Tuesday, April 23, 2024


*Presentations to begin at 6:00pm


Urban Co-Works

116 North Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor

Scranton, PA 18503


Jeff Goronkin – CEO & Founder, Urban Co-Works

Ken Okrepkie – Regional Manager, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Dr. John G. Duesler – President, PA Drone Association

David Yeager, CEO & Founder, Showcase

Julio Pertuz, CEO & Founder, Fidbak

Anyone looking for more information or who wishes to attend can visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneur-night-at-urban-co-works-tickets-873625606707?aff=oddtdtcreator to register.