Are Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator “Accelerators” Right For You?

Fall 2018

State College – Tech Center

Note:  The deadline to apply is September 13, 2018

Sept 25, 2018 – December 6, 2018 (10-Week Session; closed Thanksgiving) – One-on-One mentoring available on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Note:  Applicants must be able to commit to at least eight of the ten week sessions.

Winter 2019


Uptown Works – 109 E. Main Street – Somerset, PA

January 22, 2019 – March 14, 2019 (8-Week Session)

Deadline for applications is January 10, 2019


Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA (BFTP/CNP) provides startup funding not only for potential tech-entrepreneurs and small manufacturers at the earliest stages of their concept development, but we also invest in innovative, entrepreneurial development programs that mentor and support emerging startups.

Activities and programs that accelerate a region’s early-stage deal flow help create an environment that allows those who have considered starting a tech-business to explore the likelihood of success with the benefit of professional guidance. For example, emerging entrepreneurs who participate in our tech-startup “Accelerators”, offered by the BF TechCelerators, are more likely to make an educated decision on how to move forward with their business concept and learn how to apply for startup funding.

Successful participants receive stipends to assist with initial prototyping and customer discovery expenses as well as initial legal and accounting advice. Our participants have the opportunity to pitch their business concepts to a panel of local professionals with the possibility of winning prizes totaling $10,000.

If you’re interested in attending a TechCelerator program, please select the location below for more information.

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