Posts by Elizabeth Wilson

Take A Seat In Our No-Cost Startup Boot Camp And You Might Take Home Up To $10,000!

STATE COLLEGE, PA –Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@StateCollege; a partnership with the Invent Penn State initiative, is again offering local entrepreneurs, grad-students, professors, and university researchers its VIRTUAL 10-Week Business Startup Boot Camp. You’ll expand your network, engage with other successful entrepreneurs, discuss your business model with experts and develop a pitch that could win you up…

Ben Franklin Awarded SBA Grant To Develop Women’s eBusiness Center

State College, PA – The largest early stage investor in the region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA, is pleased to announce it is one of the 20 recipients of an SBA grant intended to expand training resources that support women-owned small businesses across the country. The SBA’s Women Business Centers are…

BLIND TIGER SWEEPS BEN FRANKLIN’S $50,000 BIG IDEA CONTEST

ERIE, PA – On Thursday, January 14, 2021,with more than 160 viewers in the zoom audience, seven companies made their final pitch presentations to four independent judges; a panel which also included a past BIG IDEA winner, Dr. Wei-Shin Lai with Acoustic Sheep. Many thanks to the judges, regional partners, and Senator Dan Laughlin for…

Gov. Thornburgh’s Legacy Spans Generations, Provides a Blueprint for Pennsylvania’s Future

As Pennsylvania fights back from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the decisions our elected leaders make while facing the preeminent challenge of their time will have a resounding influence on current and future generations in the decades to come. Such was the case 38 years ago when Governor Dick Thornburgh rose to the…

GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF $50,000 ANNOUNCED IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST!

More than 100 friends, family members, and community partners tuned in via ZOOM on November 19, 2020 to see the six finalists in Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest make their pitch to a panel of independent judges. This contest, which targeted the counties of Indiana, Jefferson, Clearfield, and Cambria, attracted dozens of emerging innovators, tech…

THE BF TECHCELERATOR FALL 2020 ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF PITCH NIGHT!

LANCASTER, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners is pleased to announce the winners of their TechCelerator pitch competition. The pitch competition was the finale for six teams who participated in an intensive 10-week startup boot camp offered by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Our $10,000 prize pool was sponsored by BB&T now Truist, Lancaster County…

FINALISTS IN BEN FRANKLIN’S NWPA BIG IDEA CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

Over the course of the past six weeks, dozens of aspiring entrepreneurs located in the Northwest  Pennsylvania counties of Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, Warren, Forest, and Clarion visited BIGIDEA.BenFranklin.org to check out the rules and the easy application process for our $50,000 BIG IDEA contest.  Last week, our team had the difficult job of identifying…

FINALISTS FROM INDIANA, JEFFERSON, CLEARFIELD, AND CAMBRIA COUNTIES ANNOUNCED IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

Over the course of the past two months, dozens of people located in the counties of Indiana, Jefferson, Clearfield, and Cambria visited BIGIDEA.BenFranklin.org to check out the rules and the easy application process for our recent $50,000 contest.  This week, our team had the difficult job of identifying finalists from all the applications received from…

Nine More PA Companies Just Received Funding from Ben Franklin Technology Partners!

At the September 2020 Board of Director’s meeting, nine additional companies were approved to receive an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA and were added to the program’s portfolio of funded clients.  Emerging entrepreneurs and small business owners who are developing a new, product, process, or software application – and…

Creating Jobs and Helping Grow the PA Economy: Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests in 17 Tech Startups!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Seventeen companies located in central and northern PA recently received an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners that will allow them to further develop and commercialize new products, processes, or software applications. The Ben Franklin program, which has been investing in tech startups and small manufacturers for nearly 40 years, recently…