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BEN FRANKLIN’S TECHCELERATOR@ERIE ANNOUNCES PITCH CONTEST WINNERS!

ERIE, PA – At a standing room only event on August 21, 2019 in Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie, five entrepreneurs, who had been participating in an intensive, ten-week startup program, made pitches to a panel of local judges in hopes of taking home a cash prize of $10,000. The judges ultimately chose two…

JOIN US AS SIX LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS PITCH FOR UP TO $10,000!

ERIE, PA – Have you heard of Efficient Nomads, Hippoh, Fish Gods, Scouted.GG, Blue Serenity, or HPG Industries? If not, you soon will!  With funding support from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority and business mentors provided by Ben Franklin and Gannon’s Small Business Development Center, the local entrepreneurs behind these startups have been participating…

Ben Franklin Invests in Tech Startups that Create Jobs and Help Grow the PA Economy!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – More than a dozen small companies located in central and northern PA recently received an investment from Ben Franklin that will allow them to further develop a new product, process, or software application. Listed below are the companies that recently received funding and business support services: AE Resources, located in Lewis…

Win Up To $10,000 Exploring Your Tech-Business Idea!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – In the past seven years more than 100 teams have graduated from Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@State College. These teams turned their ideas, many of which were based on Penn State technology, into 114 tech startups. Partnering with the Invent Penn State initiative, Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College, is inviting local entrepreneurs, students,…

YOUR BIG IDEA COULD BE WORTH BIG BUCKS!

DUBOIS, PA – There’s up to $50,000 on the line! You don’t need to be an inventor, scientist, or historic statesmen like Ben Franklin in order to win this year’s BIG IDEA contest.  Ben Franklin Technology Partners is looking for tech entrepreneurs, developers, or small manufacturers who are creating innovative new products, processes, or software…

NEW LIFESTYLE APP DEVELOPED BY RECENT GRADS IS CREATING BUZZ AROUND TOWN

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Navigating college life as a student just got easier with the launch of Beemia, an app and website made for students by recent and soon-to-be Penn State graduates. Founded by Andrew Strause (’17), Beemia is a free information marketplace that brings college students, businesses, and communities together. By the time Andrew…

TWO SOMERSET ENTREPRENEURS WON $5,000 IN PITCH COMPETITION!

SOMERSET, PA – For the past two months, several tech-entrepreneurs have been participating in a business startup accelerator program, the TechCelerator@Somerset. On March 14, 2019, they each made a graduation “pitch” to a team of judges from the surrounding area. The winners, Mark Albert Barbera and his company Mark Albert Boots, and Timothy Kretchman with…

Ben Franklin Technology Partners to Appear Before PA Senate Appropriations Committee – 3:00 PM, Wednesday, March 6, live-streamed: https://www.pasenategop.com/

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners (Ben Franklin) Pennsylvania statewide network will present before the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee regarding the proposed 2019-2020 Pennsylvania budget at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, March 6, live-streamed here: https://www.pasenategop.com/. The Ben Franklin Program invests in and supports technology-based start-ups, innovative manufacturers, and a technology-based ecosystem throughout the state. Since 2007-08,…

Ben Franklin Grew Pa.’s Economy by $4.1 Billion, Created 11,407 Jobs from 2012 to 2016: Challenges remain because of state funding shortfalls

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (Jan. 9, 2019) — With a focus on startups and innovation, Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) remains a powerful job creation and high-tech economic development engine for Pennsylvania, according to the latest independent economic analysis of the organization. But state funding shortfalls are starting to curtail the partners’ ability to fund companies…

The BF TechCelerator is Hosting a Pitch Event: Someone Will Walk Away With Up To $10,000!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – On December 6, 2018, six emerging tech entrepreneurs will compete for up to $10,000 at the BF TechCelerator’s graduation “pitch” event. A panel of local judges will evaluate the presenters who have been honing their business concepts for the past ten weeks in an intensive business startup accelerator. You Won’t Want…