Big Idea Contest 2017

Have you been thinking about developing or commercializing a new innovative product, process, or software application?

This year, we are offering cash prizes to the four biggest ideas.

Each winner will receive:

  • First Place: $25,000
  • Second Place: $15,000
  • Third Place: $7,500
  • People’s Choice: $2,500

The deadline for entries is October 2nd, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Do you qualify to apply?

You do, if …

  • You are planning or developing a new innovative product, process, or software application

  • You or your business have not previously received a Ben Franklin investment

  • Your business is pre-revenue or does not have sales that exceeded $500,000 in 2016

  • You are located in one of the 12 eligible counties: Cambria, Fulton, Indiana, Somerset, Jefferson, Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon, Centre, Juniata, Mifflin, Clearfield

Important Dates

  • August 14th, 2017: Contest opens
  • October 2nd, 2017 5:00pm: Contest close
  • October 6th, 2017: Finalists selected
  • November 9th, 2017: Finalists Sent to Judges
  • November 16th, 2017: Contest Finals Event