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FIND OUT WHO WILL WIN THIS YEARS’ $50,000 PA WILDS BIG IDEA CONTEST!

DuBois, PA – In partnership with the PA WILDS Center for Entrepreneurship, Ben Franklin Technology Partners recently sponsored a BIG IDEA contest targeting innovators working in the maker economy, forest products, outdoors and recreation, and even tech-manufacturing. The winner will receive a prize package that includes: Up to $50,000 in cash The opportunity to win…

BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS & THE ERIE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (ECF) CREATE $300,000 LOCAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY.

ERIE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners is pleased to announce a partnership with the Erie Community Foundation creating the Hartman Innovation Fund for startup technology and existing small manufacturers in Erie County, PA. The $300,000 fund combines capital from both organizations and will invest in and promote business growth and economic development, exclusively in…

Ben Franklin Investments Pay Huge Dividends for Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (April 26, 2022) — Ben Franklin Technology Partners and its network of clients continue to bring to market cutting-edge ideas that directly impact Pennsylvania’s economy by driving investments, fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting innovation in established manufacturers, and cultivating, attracting, and retaining in-demand talent, according to the most recent economic and performance assessment….

The Finalists in the PA WILDS BIG IDEA Contest Have Been Announced!

In partnership with the PA WILDS Center for Entrepreneurship, and with funding support provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ recent innovation competition targeted the counties of Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, and Jefferson. Dozens of emerging entrepreneurs who are developing an innovation related to the maker economy, forest products, outdoors and recreation…

Job Opportunity:  Marketing Associate/Manager:

  A long-standing partnership between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Penn State University, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA is the largest early-stage investor and supporter of tech startups and small manufacturers in the program’s 32-county footprint.  Headquartered in State College, the program has satellite offices in Erie, Harrisburg, and Johnstown. Role:…

Ben Franklin Technology PArtners Invests in Altered State Distillery

Erie, Pennsylvania, March 31, 2022 – Altered State Distillery, a medal-winning distiller of spirits based in Erie, PA, has been awarded an investment by the Ben Franklin Technology PArtners / Central & Northern PA. In partnership with the Delaware Valley Fields Foundation “Seed Spark Project”, Faytak Farms in Girard, PA and CNC Malting Mill in…

EXPLORE! Entrepreneurship Summit: Growing a Business in the Alleghenies

Featuring Keynote Speaker Joe Veneto,  Chief Experience Officer, Veneto Collaboratory If you are looking to start an outdoor recreation business, or one that supports outdoor recreation tourism in the Alleghenies, Explore! Entrepreneurship Summit is for you. Presented by Startup Alleghenies, the event will be held at River Mountain, on May 15-16, 2022. This information-packed, two-day…

THE TECHCELERATOR@STATE COLLEGE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF PITCH EVENT!

Recently, eight entrepreneurial teams completed a ten-week, virtual, business startup boot camp.  This exciting program has been offered by Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College, in partnership with the Invent Penn State initiative, for ten years. On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, beginning at 2:00 PM, the teams pitched their business concepts to a panel of independent…

Small Business and Startup Career Fair – Only $50.00 a Booth!

Where:  The Penn State Innovation Hub (Downtown) When:   April 5, 2022, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Employers… • Do you want to find qualified candidates for internships, co-ops, research, or full-time positions? • Do you want to connect with Centre County’s amazing entrepreneurial network to share ideas? • Do you want to build your…

COMPANIES RECEIVE 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, business support services, BIG IDEA Contests, and Tech Startup Boot Camps to emerging tech-entrepreneurs and small manufacturers located in central and northern Pennsylvania.  Visit www.cnp.benfranklin.org…