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YOUR BIG IDEA COULD BE WORTH BIG BUCKS!

DUBOIS, PA – There’s up to $50,000 on the line! You don’t need to be an inventor, scientist, or historic statesmen like Ben Franklin in order to win this year’s BIG IDEA contest.  Ben Franklin Technology Partners is looking for tech entrepreneurs, developers, or small manufacturers who are creating innovative new products, processes, or software…

TWO WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST!

ERIE, PA – At a standing-room only event held at Room 33 in downtown Erie, two winners were announced in Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA StARTup Contest. This year’s contest challenged tech-entrepreneurs located in Northwest PA, to develop new “game-changing” products, processes, or techniques in creative spaces.  Sharing the $50,000 prize were Sarah Moody with Maggie…

WHO WILL WALK AWAY WITH UP TO $50,000 IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST?

 WHO WILL WALK AWAY WITH UP TO $50,000 IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST?   ERIE, PA – With up to $50,000 on the line, eight area entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to a panel of independent judges on Thursday, June 20, 2019.  The finalists are: David Hunter with ASAPmaps; Joel Marz with Efficient…

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…