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


Second Place


Third Place


People’s Choice


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