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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…

WE CAN HELP YOU GET FROM STARTUP TO UP AND RUNNING!

HARRISBURG, PA – Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator Program is inviting area entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers or anyone with a new business idea to participate in our next 8-Week Boot Camp for Business Startups. This exciting program has already helped launch dozens of companies in the area. Held in a convenient downtown location with off-street parking, the…

Sixty-One Startups Got Their “START” With Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – With sixty-one companies launched that have raised more than $20 million in start-up funds and generated nearly $8 million in revenue, this proven methodology can work for you too! Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College is inviting area entrepreneurs, researchers, and grad-students to participate in their next 10-Week Boot Camp. If you…

Kate Alward Joins Ben Franklin’s State College Team!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA (www.cnp.benfranklin.org) is pleased to announce that Ms. Kate Alward has become the newest member of our Transformation Business Services Network. In this role, she will provide Human Resource (HR) management support to the tech-startups and small manufacturers in our investment portfolio. A…

Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests More Than $2.5 Million in PA Tech-Startups!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – The Board of Directors for Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA recently approved investments totaling more than $2.5 million in companies located in the Center’s 32-county footprint . While each of the companies serves different markets and are in various stages of their business development, they all took…

Penn State Professor “Takes the Wind” Out of Surfing!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Because of the Lift eFoil, the brainchild of Penn State University Professor and Aeronautical Engineer, Jack Langelaan and his team, weather and water conditions no longer control a good day for surfing. The concept of a lightweight surfboard or hydrofoil, powered by electricity that skims across the surface of the water,…

Use Your Accounting Background to Help Startups!

We are looking for a coordinator of office and accounting practices in our State College office.  The successful candidate will support the needs of the clients of the Ben Franklin Transformation Business Services Network over our 32 county footprint. Primary responsibility is to develop, recommend and implement procedures to ensure uniform and efficient accounting practices, internal controls,…

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…

BEN FRANKLIN’S ERIE INNOVATION FUND APPLAUDS LOCAL SOFTWARE COMPANY, CONDUIT TECHNOLOGY, ON RECENT ACQUISTION!

ERIE, PA – Five years ago, Ben Franklin’s Erie Innovation Fund, a partnership with the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, made its first investment in an Erie-based startup, Conduit Technology. The money was used to help develop software that enabled the automation of what had historically been a paper-laden process. Prior to Jim Noland and…