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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 Penn State’s Small Business Development Center, is now accepting applications from budding entrepreneurs, teachers, students, and area software developers who are working in this exciting space of technology (edtech).

“We are looking for people who are passionate about developing and bringing to market products, services, or solutions that improve learning and drive student success. We believe that there are good ideas right here in our backyard that, with support and assistance, could become the next great edtech innovation.”– Daren Coudriet, Penn State EdTech Network Entrepreneur-in-Residence 

It’s easy to submit your BIG IDEA online by filling out a simple questionnaire at . This year’s contest prize package will go to three winners. The first place award is $35,000, second place will receive $7,500, and the third place winner gets $2,500.

You are eligible to apply to the BIG IDEA contest IF:

  • You are located in Pennsylvania.
  • You are developing/commercializing a new, innovative “EdTech” concept or product.
  • Your company is pre-revenue or has not generated more than $500,000 in sales in either 2015 or 2016.
  • You have less than 25 employees.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! You could not only win a cash prize to help further develop your product or start your company, but you’d also have the chance to “pitch” your BIG IDEA to a panel of industry professionals. Questions? Contact Jill Edwards at The deadline to apply is January 9, 2017.