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FIVE MORE COMPANIES JUST RECEIVED BEN FRANKLIN FUNDING!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA has been investing in tech-startups and small manufacturers for nearly 35 years.  www.cnp.benfranklin.org . This week, at our December 2017 Board of Director’s meeting, five company projects were approved to receive funding and business support services from the program: Located in State…

A Winning Pitch Could Be Worth $10,000!

The Ben Franklin TechCelerator@Altoona is now Accepting Applications – If you have a new, tech-based business idea, you’ll want to check out this program!  As an important part of the Startup Alleghenies initiative, the BF TechCelerator@Altoona will begin providing weekly business startup boot camps and one-on-one mentoring sessions that target emerging tech-entrepreneurs from the surrounding community.  These eight…

The TechCelerator@State College Announces $10,000 Winner – WearIT!

State College, PA – On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, the BF TechCelerator@State College awarded a cash prize of $10,000 to a graduate of its latest Business Startup Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs. A team of judges from the local community made the final decision on the winning presentation.  The winner, WearIT (James Mundie, Dr. Zita Oravecz,…

The Ben Franklin TechCelerator@Altoona is now Accepting Applications!

Altoona, PA – If you have a new, tech-based business idea, you’ll want to check out this program! As an important part of the Startup Alleghenies initiative, the BF TechCelerator@Altoona will begin providing weekly business startup boot camps and one-on-one mentoring sessions that target emerging tech-entrepreneurs from the surrounding community. These eight week sessions will be held…

Co-Founder of State College Startups – Scott Johnson – Joins Ben Franklin’s Team!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA (www.cnp.benfranklin.org) is pleased to announce that Mr. Scott Johnson has become the newest member of our Transformation Business Services Network, a team of more than ten seasoned business professionals. As Field Operations Director, Scott will provide business mentoring and support to the…

The Winners of Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest Have Been Announced!

JOHNSTOWN, 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 PA. The response was amazing! In less than two months, nearly 2,000 people visited the landing page and more than 100 uploaded the application. It was a…

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…