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The Penn State EdTech Network Wants To Hear Your BIG IDEA!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Do you have a BIG IDEA about how to use technology, media, or new teaching theories to create a positive learning environment for students of any age? If so, this contest is for you! The Penn State EdTech Network’s BIG IDEA Contest, powered by Ben Franklin Technology Partners and co-sponsored by…

Congrats to Six BF Startups!

BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS & THE ERIE COUNTY GAMING REVENUE AUTHORITY “RE-IGNITE” THE ERIE INNOVATION FUND WITH $1,000,000!

ERIE, PA – Do you need startup funding? The Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) has committed another $500,000 in Ignite Erie funds to help local startups and small manufacturers develop new products and grow their companies. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA is matching ECGRA’s investment and together, the organizations are…

Ben Franklin’s SGICC Releases White Paper on How to Take Advantage of the Development of a Petrochemical Complex in Our Own Back Yard!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – On June 16, 2016, Shell formally announced their decision to move forward with building the ethane cracker plant and petrochemical complex in Beaver County, PA. This announcement marks the beginning of a new era for our region – a renaissance in the United States’ petrochemical industry. Twenty years ago no one…

Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests More Than $500,000 in Five PA Companies!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – The Board of Directors for Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA recently approved investments totaling $515,000 in five companies located in the Center’s 32-county footprint . While each of the companies serves decidedly different markets and are in various stages of their business development, they took the first…

SBA Recognizes Central Pa. Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Winner

SBA Leaders to Visit Ben Franklin TechCelerator in Carlisle Sept. 21!  CARLISLE, Pa.– U.S. Small Business Administration Deputy District Director Michael Kane officially recognizes the Ben Franklin TechCelerator@Carlisle as a winner of SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Kane will present a $50,000 check at their offices at 453 Lincoln St., Carlisle, PA 17013 Sept. 21,…

BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS & THE ERIE COUNTY GAMING REVENUE AUTHORITY “RE-IGNITE” THE ERIE INNOVATION FUND WITH $1,000,000!

ERIE, PA – The Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) has committed another $500,000 in Ignite Erie funds to help local startups and small manufacturers develop new products and grow their companies. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA is matching ECGRA’s investment and together, the organizations are “RE-IGNITING” the Erie Innovation Fund….

Thinking About Starting Your Own Business? Check out Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator Program for Startups!

South Central PA – Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator Program is inviting area entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers or anyone with a new business idea to attend their next 8-Week Boot Camp for Business Startups. This exciting program has already helped launch more than 25 companies in the area, and yours’ could be next! The sessions begin Thursday,…

AGENCY RECEIVES SECOND ROUND OF FUNDING

ERIE, PA – Zak Stahlsmith, Founder & CEO of ApexDrop, applied to Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP (cnp.benfranklin.org) for funding with the intention of developing a platform that would help lesser-known, but high-quality fashion brands get on the radar of young, female trendsetters. Because of his innovative approach, these young ladies, who tend to have a…

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

STATE COLLEGE, PA –You could be number 53! With 52 companies launched that have raised $8M in start-up funds and generated $5M 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…