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Governor’s 2020-21 Budget Proposes $5 Million Increase for Ben Franklin

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Jan. 24, 2020) — Gov. Tom Wolf today announced that his proposed 2020-21 General Fund budget will include a $5 million increase for the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners initiative, one of the most widely known and emulated state technology-based economic development programs in…

WINNERS OF BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST ALL HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON!

You don’t need to be a famous inventor or scientist like Ben Franklin in order to be eligible to enter our $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest.  But, the innovators who win our contests tend to have one thing in common; they see things differently. Ben Franklin Technology Partners, in partnership with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, is…

Penn State Startup, RealForests, Took Home Some Real Cash!

                                         STATE COLLEGE, PA – Have you ever wondered what it would take to run your own startup? Six local entrepreneurial teams led by Raymond Robinson, Catherine Rogers, Sheridan Miyamoto, Brennan Holderman, Joseph Sinclair/Mandy Heard, and…

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

DUBOIS, PA – In the past eight years more than 200 teams have graduated from Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator Startup Boot Camps. These teams turned their ideas, many of which were based on Penn State technology, into successful tech startups. Partnering with Penn State Dubois and the North Central PA Launchbox, Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @Dubois, is…

Ben Franklin Alum Company, Sustainable Composites, In The News!

Sustainable Composites Introduces Recycled Enspire Leather To Market, And La-Z-Boy And Timberland Sign On!  Pamela Danziger/Forbes Five years ago two scientists had a mad idea: recycle leather scraps and turn them back into a useable leather product. Tom Tymon and Frank Fox with chemistry and engineering backgrounds had the know-how, after working for years in…

WINNERS OF BEN FRANKLIN’S TECHCELERATOR PITCH NIGHT TOOK HOME A TOTAL OF $10,000!

LANCASTER, PA –On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 six local tech-entrepreneurs made pitch presentations to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $10,000. The audience of more than 70 people who attended also had the opportunity to vote for their favorite pitch. First place ($7,000) as well as the Fan Favorite Vote…

AcousticSheep Installs Artificially Intelligent Art at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA

ERIE, PA – October 9, 2019:​ AcousticSheep LLC, the Erie-based company that invented the​ world’s most comfortable headphones for sleeping, branched out with its first art installation at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania and Penn State University’s Behrend campus for the “Art + Tech + Entrepreneur Experience.” The company behind the globally…

Join Us On November 21, 2019 For Ben Franklin’s $50,000 BIG IDEA Pitch Event!

DUBOIS, PA – Do you know Jeff Billett with Billett Electric, Keith Billotte with Doing Time, Dave Conklin with Wilds Sonshine Factory, Peter Schramm with Lattus, Joe Lanich with Laughing Owl Press, Daniel Meier with Lightdrop Harvest, Royce Novosel-Johnson with NoJo Forest Creations, or Harb Nayar with TAT Technologies?  If not, you soon will!  Someone…

BEN FRANKLIN PORTFOLIO COMPANIES PITCH AT INVENT PENN STATE VENTURE AND IP CONFERENCE!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – At last week’s Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference, more than a dozen clients in the Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ portfolio had the opportunity to showcase their company’s growth and market potential to a distinguished list of potential investors. The Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference, which was co-sponsored…

Finalists in $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest Announced!

DUBOIS, PA – Dozens of people located in North Central Pennsylvania recently applied to Ben Franklin’s $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest. This week our team had the difficult job of identifying just a few finalists from all the great applications received from emerging tech startups and small manufacturers.  The eight companies moving forward in the contest…