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YOUR BIG IDEA COULD BE WORTH BIG BUCKS!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an award-winning, tech-based economic development program, is offering emerging entrepreneurs and small manufacturers the opportunity to participate in our fun, risk-free $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest.  In the past few years – maybe because of the popularity of the TV show, Shark Tank – there has been a growing interest in pitch…

Patch Animation Pushes the Boundaries of Short  Film Development with Innovative Use of Unreal Engine Technology in ’Stached

Entrepreneurs David Romani II, Kelly Farmer, and Sofia Soldevila always knew they wanted to bring great stories to life through animation. In 2020 they launched Patch Animation™, LLC, a remote full-service animation studio with headquarters in Ebensburg, Pa. Their first short film, ’Stached, is about the unlikely duo of an old man and a hermit…

BEN FRANKLIN’S STARTUP BOOT CAMP IS COMING TO CAMBRIA, CLEARFIELD, INDIANA, AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES!  

Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@Indiana is offering its popular, VIRTUAL startup boot camp to tech entrepreneurs from Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana, and Jefferson counties.   You will have the opportunity to expand your network, engage with serial entrepreneurs, and learn from experts in marketing, sales and finance who can help you shape your business concept. You will also…

Someone Will Walk Away With Up To $10,000

For the past ten weeks, several entrepreneurial teams have been participating via Zoom in an intensive Business Startup Boot Camp, Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@Southern Alleghenies. In partnership with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, this program targeted emerging tech entrepreneurs from the region, and the applicants represented an exciting mix of target markets, products, and services.  Business opportunities…

Someone Will Walk Away With Up To $10,000!

For the past ten weeks, six entrepreneurial teams have been participating via Zoom in an intensive Business Startup Boot Camp, The TechCelerator@NWPA.  In partnership with Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center and Erie Technology Incubator, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, and Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie, this program targeted emerging tech entrepreneurs from…

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…