2018 BIG IDEA Contest

The application deadline for the 2018 BIG IDEA Contest has passed.

Please check back on August 15 for the winner announcement.

Have you been thinking about developing or commercializing a new innovative product, process, or software application? Your BIG IDEA could win the following prize package.

1. Up to $50,000 in cash

2. Six-month membership and working space in the TechCelerator@TheCandyFactory

3. A one-year pass to seminars offered by Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center (valued at $3,000)

4. A free consult on how to access federal R&D grant money from the Innovation Partnership (valued at $3,000)

You Qualify to Apply If …

  • You are planning or developing a new innovative product, process or software application
  • Your business has not previously received a Ben Franklin investment
  • Your business is pre-revenue or has not had sales that exceeded $500,000 to date
  • You are located in either Lancaster or Lebanon county


Application Deadline


Finalists Selected


Finalists’ Presentation Training


Judging & Winner Announcement

If you have any questions about the contest or the application process, please contact Jill Edwards at jilledwards@psu.edu or (717) 948-6339.