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HARRISBURG, PA –  Have you been thinking about developing or commercializing a new, innovative product or process? Then, you need to think about Ben Franklin Technology Partners! We are looking for budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers, or even small manufacturers. Our risk-free BIG IDEA contests have been helping folks start or grow their business for more than 30 years.  


Investing in innovation is the core of Ben Franklin’s mission. This year’s prize package – which will be awarded to two winners, is valued at more than $150,000, and is designed to support every aspect of turning a business idea into a business reality. Check out our new website at

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If you are located in South Central, PA, it’s easy to submit your BIG IDEA to Ben Franklin on-line by filling out a simple questionnaire at No need to share your “secret sauce” or any detail you believe is proprietary.

What counties are located in South Central PA? Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, & York

This year, we are offering TWO prize packages! Each winner will get: 

  • $35,000 in cash
  • An Innovation Adoption Grant up to $25,000 to work with a PA-based research university
  • Priority access to a low-interest loan up to $100,000 from Ben Franklin
  • Free working space at the BF TechCelerator@Carlisle by CREDC valued at $10,000
  • A one-year pass to seminars offered by Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center valued at $2,500
  • A free consult (and proposal prep) valued at $3,000 on how to access Federal R&D grant money from the Innovation Partnership

You are eligible to apply to the BIG IDEA contest IF:

    • You are located in one of the participating counties
    • You are developing/commercializing a new, innovative tech-based product
    • You have not previously received an investment from Ben Franklin

The deadline to apply is January 20, 2016. Finalists will be notified in February 2016.

Check out for details or phone 717-948-6625 with questions.