Big Idea Contest 2017

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Have you been thinking about developing or commercializing a new innovative product, process, or software application? If you qualify, you could win one of four cash prizes!

First Place

$25,000

Second Place

$15,000

Third Place

$7,500

People’s Choice

$2,500

The first place winner also receives priority access to a pre-seed investment (valued up to $10,000), a one-year pass to Ben Franklin eMarketing Learning Center seminars (valued at $3,000) and free consultation from the Innovation Partnership on accessing federal R&D grant money (valued at $3,000).

You Qualify to Apply If …

  • You are planning or developing a new innovative product, process, or software application
  • You or your business has not previously received a Ben Franklin investment
  • Your business is pre-revenue or did 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

Oct. 2 (5 p.m.)

Application Deadline

Oct. 6

Finalists Selected

Nov. 9

Judging Begins

Nov. 16

Contest Finals Event