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EIGHT FINALISTS ANNOUNCED IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST!

ERIE, PA – At a networking event held in Ben Franklin’s office in Knowledge Park on May 9, 2019, the finalists in Ben Franklin’s StARTup Contest were announced.  This year’s contest challenged tech-entrepreneurs located in Northwest PA, to develop new “game-changing” products, processes, or techniques in creative spaces. With up to $50,000 on the line, in…

CHEER ON LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS AS THEY “PITCH” FOR UP TO $10,000!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Have you ever wondered what it would take to run your own startup? Seven local entrepreneurial teams have been finding out! Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College is inviting you to join us on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 as each team pitches their business concept to a panel of independent judges to…

JOIN US AS WE ANNOUNCE THE FINALISTS!

SAVE THE DATE:  MAY 9, 2019 – JOIN US AS WE ANNOUNCE THE FINALISTS! WHERE:       5240 KNOWLEDGE PARKWAY, ERIE PA 16510 TIME:           4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (a fun networking reception will follow the announcement) We’re coming up on the application deadline of May 1, 2019 (5:00 PM) for this year’s…

NEW LIFESTYLE APP DEVELOPED BY RECENT GRADS IS CREATING BUZZ AROUND TOWN

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Navigating college life as a student just got easier with the launch of Beemia, an app and website made for students by recent and soon-to-be Penn State graduates. Founded by Andrew Strause (’17), Beemia is a free information marketplace that brings college students, businesses, and communities together. By the time Andrew…

Industry Relations Coordinator – 5 (Portfolio Manager)

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pa, Inc. (Ben Franklin/CNP) is the largest early-stage investor and supporter of technology-based start-up companies across the 32 counties of central and northwestern Pennsylvania. Headquartered in State College, and with offices in Erie, Harrisburg, Lancaster and Johnstown, Ben Franklin/CNP’s high-risk, early-stage investments, along with robust management assistance,…

“Nipping Anxiety in the Bud” is a Family Affair for a Local Mother and Son

TECHCELERATOR@STATE COLLEGE, – Judy and Kadin Karaky know a thing or two about anxiety.  “Anxiety has always been present in my life and the lives of the people I care about – even our dog gets anxious”, commented Judy Karaky, a Penn State graduate with a degree in Elementary Education.  “Over the years, I’ve tried…

You Could Win Up To $50,000 In Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest!

ERIE, PA – When you add it up, ART + Technology = A Tech StARTup!  One of history’s first tech-enablers, Leonardo da Vinci, used his engineering background to develop a new technique for sculpting in bronze.  Today, when art meets science, the result can be innovations in animation, gaming, robotics, industrial design, or artificial intelligence…

BEN FRANKLIN FUNDING AWARDED TO FOUR PA STARTUPS

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Every year, dozens of PA startups get their start with Ben Franklin Technology Partners. The largest early-stage investor in the region, Ben Franklin provides startup funding and business support services to emerging tech-entrepreneurs and small manufacturers located in central and northern Pennsylvania. www.cnp.benfranklin.org .  At the March 2019 Board of Director’s…

TWO SOMERSET ENTREPRENEURS WON $5,000 IN PITCH COMPETITION!

SOMERSET, PA – For the past two months, several tech-entrepreneurs have been participating in a business startup accelerator program, the TechCelerator@Somerset. On March 14, 2019, they each made a graduation “pitch” to a team of judges from the surrounding area. The winners, Mark Albert Barbera and his company Mark Albert Boots, and Timothy Kretchman with…

Ben Franklin Technology Partners to Appear Before PA Senate Appropriations Committee – 3:00 PM, Wednesday, March 6, live-streamed: https://www.pasenategop.com/

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners (Ben Franklin) Pennsylvania statewide network will present before the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee regarding the proposed 2019-2020 Pennsylvania budget at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, March 6, live-streamed here: https://www.pasenategop.com/. The Ben Franklin Program invests in and supports technology-based start-ups, innovative manufacturers, and a technology-based ecosystem throughout the state. Since 2007-08,…