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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.

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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 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) The Innovation Partnership Announces Recipient of a $100,000 SBA Federal and State Technology (FAST) Grant FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  October 25, 2010  October 25, 2010 — Harrisburg, PA — The Innovation Partnership today announced it has received notification that it is the recipient of a $100,000 Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).   The FAST Program is designed to ... (more) Centre County Resident Wins $35,000 “New Energy Idea” Contest! For immediate release: July 27, 2010 State College, PA — The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA today announced the winner of their "New Energy Idea Contest." The grand prize of $35,000 was awarded to Mr. Mark Leiby at a check presentation ... (more)

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