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WINNERS OF BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

With a virtual audience of more than 100 Zoom participants, on Thursday, June 18, 2020, a panel of independent judges awarded (3) cash prizes in Ben Franklin’s $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest. In partnership with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, Ben Franklin Technology Partners is pleased to congratulate the winners: First place ($25,000) was awarded to Timothy…

THE TECHCELERATOR@STATE COLLEGE ANNOUNCES PITCH WINNERS!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, The TechCelerator@StateCollege, a partnership with Invent Penn State that has helped create more than 130 new startups, hosted a zoom pitch event.  Six local entrepreneurial teams, who had just completed the ten-week business startup boot camp, virtually presented their business concepts to a panel of judges…

Ben Franklin Invests in Local Tech Companies Developing Solutions Related to Impact of COVID-19

Nine tech-companies in central and northern PA, that are developing solutions related to the impact of COVID-19 on the state and its economy, received an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP.  The funding will allow them to support operations, add employees, and further develop and commercialize new products, processes, or software applications. Ben Franklin, which…

Your Tech Business Idea Could WIN Up To $10,000!

In the past eight years, more than 150 teams have graduated from Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator program; a rigorous ten-week curriculum that allows participants to explore their business concepts with the benefit of professional guidance – and have the chance to win up to $10,000! If you are located in Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Cambria, Huntingdon, or…

Ben Franklin’s New ReStart Initiative Targets Counties in Central & Northern PA

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP is pleased to announce the ReStart initiative; a new program that will quickly begin investing $2 million in tech-startups and small manufacturers adversely affected by the COVID-19. By matching the generous support of $1 million in capital from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED),…

SEDA-COG Announces New Revolving Loan Fund

To assist small businesses in Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, and Union Counties, SEDA-COG has created a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program.  Roughly $400,000 in new loan funds are available to for-profit companies in the 11 County SEDA-COG region. Outlined below are terms and conditions that would be applicable in…

Ben Franklin CNP Clients Answering the Call to Help with COVID-19

Many clients of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania are answering the call to assist the commonwealth on a number of fronts in response to the many serious challenges connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the ways clients are working directly and indirectly to support ongoing response efforts in…

Most Older Americans Might Not Realize They Have Already Lived Through Several Pandemics

Recent Pandemics and Historic Precedents for COVID-19 / D. Brian Krier – Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP Table of Contents: Introduction Virus Primer Recent Historical Pandemics Asian Flu, 1957 Hong Kong Flu, 1968 Spanish Flu, 1918-1919 H1N1 Pseudo-Pandemic, 1947 The Pandemic That Wasn’t, 1976 SARS & MERS, 2003 and 2012 H1N1, 2009 Analysis and Conclusions Introduction…

FINALISTS IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

Over the course of the past two months, hundreds of people located in the counties of Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Cambria, Huntingdon, and Somerset in Pennsylvania visited BIGIDEA.BenFranklin.org to check out the rules and the easy application process for our recent $50,000 contest.  This week, our team had the difficult job of identifying just six finalists…

SIX PA STARTUPS RECEIVED AN INVESTMENT FROM BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

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 investment capital and business support services to emerging tech-entrepreneurs and small manufacturers located in central and northern Pennsylvania. www.cnp.benfranklin.org . At the March 2020 Board of Director’s…