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Over the course of the past six weeks, dozens of aspiring entrepreneurs located in the Northwest  Pennsylvania counties of Erie, Crawford, Mercer, Venango, Warren, Forest, and Clarion visited to check out the rules and the easy application process for our $50,000 BIG IDEA contest.  Last week, our team had the difficult job of identifying finalists from all the applications received from the region’s emerging tech-entrepreneurs, innovators, and small manufacturers.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners is pleased to announce the company finalists that will be moving forward to pitch for up to $50,000!  Best of luck to all:

Additive Enginuity Group, located in Seneca, is developing innovative product designs that help improve productivity while promoting workplace safety.

American PreCast Industries, located in Clarion, is focused on innovative, cost effective products to meet the economic pressures from COVID-19 while stimulating regional economic growth.

Blind Tiger, located in Erie, is developing natural, organic alternatives to alcoholic cocktails which will be shelf stable for up to 18 months.

Elements Aligned, located in Erie, is developing adjustable panel hangers that create modular interior walls.

Leverage4Data, located in Erie, provides discrete manufacturing companies with cloud-based solutions that ensure high quality parts are produced on time.

Two Sparrows LS/Shape City, located in Erie, is creating an interactive gaming platform for the education technology market.

Scholar Bridge, located in Erie, is a fintech lender that provides credit and financial services to college students and recent graduates.

Stay tuned for more information on the final judging which will take place in mid-January 2021 via ZOOM.