BF Technology Partners’ “BIG IDEA 2015” Contest

Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA contests allow budding entrepreneurs and small business owners, the opportunity to take the first step in turning their ideas into a business reality – practically risk free.


BF’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center

Learn how BFTP’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center is helping bring hundreds of thousands of jobs – and billions in tax revenue – to Pennsylvania.


Are You Our Next Partner?

Are you a technology-based startup located in Central or Northern Pennsylvania? How about a manufacturer looking to innovate? If you need funding, let’s talk.


Quick Facts About the Ben Franklin Program

  • We make investments in tech-based startups and small manufacturers located in our 32-county footprint
  • Clients use our funding to develop innovative tech products or processes that can be protected in some way
  • Our investments are “phased” over a three to four year time frame and typically don’t exceed $500,000
  • We offer business support services including help accessing follow-on funding opportunities

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For more than 30 years, BFTP/CNP has driven economic growth and job creation in our region by giving businesses the funding and access they need to succeed.

  • Without Ben Franklin, Videon would never be the world leader we are today. We employ nearly 100 people who are developing solutions on par with our strongest competition in Silicon Valley.

    Todd Erdley, Videon Central
  • During the early days of the company, it was Ben Franklin’s funding that kept us afloat. We knew that SilcoTek would grow tremendously, but that it would take time. Ben Franklin’s investment bought us that time.

    Paul Silvis, CEO, SilcoTek
  • The Ben Franklin TechCelerator mentorship program was an integral part of our development. It helped us build the foundation we needed to start our business venture.

    Kyle Musco, Moena
  • Ben Franklin’s investment in my company was the seed that helped us develop a whole line of patent-protected lab products. We were eventually able to purchase a hematology instruments business to fill out our product offering. I’m proud to say that we’ve put more than 100 tax-paying people to work in Centre County, from assemblers to PhD Bio-Engineers.

    Ken Moscone, Drucker Diagnostics
  • My first company failed. Flat out failed. The only group willing to help me at the lowest depths of my professional career was Ben Franklin. John Vidmar and the Transformation’s Team gave me advice, gave me hope and encouraged me to start again.

    Todd Erdley, Videon Central

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