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Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@Hershey Announces Latest Winner!

HERSHEY, PA – The Ben Franklin TechCelerator@Hershey, a partnership among the Office of Technology Development at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP and the economic development arm of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber recently announced the latest winner of their eight-week business mentoring program.

George Keller and his startup, Robometrix, LLC, received the first prize of $7,500. His company has developed a “telepresence robot”, a technology that allows a viewer, via their computer or mobile device, to engage the robot to see what is happening at a remote location. Mr. Keller commented on his prize, “I am honored to receive this award and strongly recommend this program to any entrepreneur who is thinking about starting or running a small business.”

Andrew Kelleher, a Ph.D. candidate at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine was awarded $2,500 for his concept to provide a bed that will minimize muscular skeletal injuries to care providers when transferring patients to wheel chairs. Kelleher said, “This has been a fantastic experience. I encourage students of the College of Medicine to take advantage of this opportunity to put their ideas to work in the commercial world!”

Two other emerging startups also successfully completed the program and made impressive final presentations on their products: Sapiensis is developing a dynamic interactive medical records system that incorporates an anatomically accurate patient avatar; and Date My Apartment has created a website that allows apartment hunters and landlords to try it out or “date” for 24 hours before signing a lease.

 About Ben Franklin Technology Partners                    

Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, provides investment capital, operational assistance, and entrepreneurial support to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania.  For more information, visit