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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…

Central PA has all the Resources, Assets, and Talent Necessary to Support Emerging World-Class Startups.

For the past fifteen years, I’ve had the privilege of leading the largest early-stage investor group in the region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Our particular Center covers a 32-county footprint in the Commonwealth that naturally includes Central Pennsylvania. During my tenure as President and CEO, I’ve had the opportunity to meet first-hand hundreds of tech-entrepreneurs…

How Much Would You Spend To Be Able to Sell Your Products in the Largest Mall in the World?

This one mall sells more than Target, Walmart, Staples and Sears combined. Their growth in 2016 was ten times higher than the next eight largest retailers combined. Every second, shoppers spend more than $140,000 buying a vast array of products that range from clothing to household goods to car parts – new and used! By…

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…

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…

Ben Franklin’s Business StartUP Boot Camps

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA (BFTP/CNP) provides startup funding not only for tech-entrepreneurs and small manufacturers, but we also invest in innovative, entrepreneurial development programs that mentor and support emerging startups. With a large footprint comprised of areas with diverse needs, BFTP/CNP has developed a systematic approach to engaging with potential tech entrepreneurs at the…

Shell Petrochemical Complex (“Cracker”) is a Game Changer in PA!

In June 2016, Shell announced their decision to build the ethane cracker plant and petrochemical complex in Beaver County, PA. This announcement has been referred to as a “game changer” by Governor Wolf, and is viewed as a significant economic development catalyst for Pennsylvania. This article is a summary of a more comprehensive white paper…

Privacynq Brief Eases Consumer Privacy Concerns for IoT Products

New standard for easy-to-understand privacy and security disclosures builds consumers’ digital trust in IoT products YORK, Pa. – September 21, 2015 – Today PrivacyCheq (www.PrivacyCheq.com) announced the immediate availability of Privacynq, a new service enabling manufacturers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to easily and effectively disclose privacy and security practices to consumers of their…

Ben Franklin Invests Nearly $1 Million in PA Startups

STATE COLLEGE, PA – If you are thinking about developing a new, innovative product or process, you need to be thinking about Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA. We have been investing in budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers and small manufacturers for more than 30 years. Check out our new website at…