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The BF TechCelerator @South Central will Award up to $10,000 in Prizes!

HARRISBURG, PA – On Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, seven entrepreneurs will present their business concepts to a panel of judges as the Capstone Event to an eight-week Business Startup Boot Camp offered by the Ben Franklin TechCelerator@SouthCentral. Visit https://cnp.benfranklin.org/techcelerator-south-central for details on the program. This entrepreneurial training program developed…

U.S. Department of Commerce Grants $300,000 to 1855 Capital Project

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (Ben Franklin), 1855 Capital Fund I, L.P. (1855 Capital) and The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) have been awarded a $300,000 grant through the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. Ben Franklin will use…

RISE OF THE REST® Pitch Competition Winner is a Ben Franklin Portfolio Company – Device Events!

HARRISBURG, PA – Nine of the most innovative startup companies in Central Pennsylvania, including five members of Ben Franklin’s portfolio, had the opportunity to showcase their company’s technology during Revolution Venture’s RISE OF THE REST® Pitch Competition with AOL founder Steve Case and a panel of all-star judges. Revolution’s RISE OF THE REST® competition is…

The Finalists in Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest Have Been Announced!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – To help kick off the Startup Alleghenies initiative, this year Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA contest targeted the counties located in the Southern Alleghenies and central portion of the state. The response was amazing! In less than two months, nearly 2,000 people visited the site and more than 100 uploaded the application. It…

Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests in 13 PA Startups!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – The Board of Directors for Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA recently approved investments totaling nearly $1.4 million in thirteen startups located in the Center’s 32-county footprint . While each of the companies serves different markets and are in various stages of business development, they all took the…

Join Ben Franklin’s Team in State College!

Ben Franklin Transformation Business Services Network is the principal provider of management and business assistance to tech-entrepreneurs and early-stage companies that are being supported by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA. The position of Field Office Director serves as the principal point-of-contact for the Ben Franklin Transformation team in Central PA, operating…

Retired Penn State Professor’s Software Really is a “Breath of Fresh Air!

State College, PA – An estimated 80% of adults breathe improperly. Bad habits formed in childhood can lead to serious health problems in later years such as asthma and even strokes brought on as a result of sleep apnea. A software application developed by retired Penn State University Professor Tony Warren, BreatheSimple, offers personalized breath…

WE CAN HELP YOU GET FROM STARTUP TO UP AND RUNNING!

CENTRAL PA – Have you been thinking about developing or commercializing an innovative product, process, or new software application? Then, you need to think about Ben Franklin Technology Partners! We are looking for budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers, or even small existing businesses. Our risk-free BIG IDEA contests have been helping folks start or grow…

SHOULD YOU ENTER A PITCH COMPETITION?

Back in the day, developing a business plan was typically part of an academic exercise.  Student teams came up with product ideas and then pitched their plans to classroom rivals or a panel of instructors from the Business and Engineering Departments.   But, in the past few years – maybe because of Shark Tank, there has…

WE CAN HELP YOU GET FROM STARTUP TO UP AND RUNNING!

HARRISBURG, PA – Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator Program is inviting area entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers or anyone with a new business idea to participate in our next 8-Week Boot Camp for Business Startups. This exciting program has already helped launch dozens of companies in the area. Held in a convenient downtown location with off-street parking, the…