2018 BIG IDEA Contest

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.