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Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum (VIF) is an organization dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship in Pennsylvania.

VIF helps entrepreneurs access outside investment, provides essential management training, assists angel investment groups in organizing and provides linkages between investors and promising early-stage companies. It services the 32-county region served by BFTP/CNP and beyond.

Our offices are located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Support for the organization is provided by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania, Penn State Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and numerous private partners.


The BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest Starts Today in Central & South Central PA! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:      October 18, 2013 STATE COLLEGE – Have you been thinking about starting a business based on a new, tech-based product or process? Your Idea could win one of two $25,000 Cash Prizes in Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest. This ... (more) Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center Offers “Early Bird” Rate for Digital Marketing Training STATE COLLEGE, PA -   Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center is bringing Digital Marketing Training courses to State College on November 7-9, 2012.  Attendees can save up to $146 by signing up for the complete package which includes five essential, timely sessions on digital media and marketing technologies and a “Certificate of Achievement in Essentials in eMarketing.”  Early Bird Rates Expire October 26, 2012. (more) Ben Franklin Invests $1.8 Million In Central & Northern PA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  August 2, 2012 STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA, is pleased to announce that eleven companies, located in the 32-county footprint served by the Program, were recently approved to receive an investment. The Center’s Board of Directors also agreed to support funding for four translational research projects conducted with PA-based university partners. (more) Ben Franklin Announces Winner of the $50,000 BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    July 31, 2012 ERIE, PA – The Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA  announced the winner of the $50,000 BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest. Six finalists made presentations to a ... (more) How Patent Reform Impacts Your Small Business The implementation of Patent Reform takes place in March 2013.  Between now and then, if your company develops new ideas that may be patentable, you need to know how the rules will change so you can prepare your company and your ideas. Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum is sponsoring a seminar ... (more)


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Trade Show Basics Webinar Each industry sector has major regional or national trade shows that can provide important sales opportunities for your company.  Yours may be a young company with a terrific story to tell, but cash and staffing are limited.  You want to squeeze every dollar of advantage out of your trade show investment, but you ... (more) Federal SBIR and STTR Programs This webinar provides an overview of the federal SBIR and STTR programs, advice from prior awardees on how to be successful, how to search topics to see if federal agencies are interested in research you're planning to do and the assistance available through the Innovation Partnership.  (more) Business Accounting Software Webinar This webinar introduces basic accounting software and other functions. (more) Business Finance 101 Webinar How many times have you sat in your banker's office while she was discussing your company's financial statements, smiling and nodding as she spoke, while you thought to yourself, "I don't understand a single word she just said." But you continue to smile and nod because you don't want your banker to think you're an idiot. (more) Developing Online Survey Tools Effectively Webinar Series Information that impacts marketing or product decisions is no longer a luxury—it is a necessity in being competitive. Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum and the Center for E-Business and Advanced IT offer a 3-session in-depth webinar series on constructing online surveys (more)