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You Could Win a $50,000 Startup Grant from Ben Franklin Technology Partners!

In partnership with the PA WILDS Center for Entrepreneurship, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an award-winning, tech-based economic development program, is looking for innovators with BIG IDEAS located in Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, or Jefferson County, PA.  If you are developing or crafting a product, process or innovation related to the maker economy, outdoors and recreation, forest products, manufacturing, or technology, you need to apply!

Why do most folks enter Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contests?  Because they want to win! Since the contest’s inception, more than $3 million in cash has been awarded throughout the program’s 32-county footprint in central and northern Pennsylvania.

Winning the grand prize of up to $50,000 will go a long way in helping you further develop your BIG IDEA and infuse your new startup with much-needed cash.  But, the pitch experience you’ll gain, the business training offered, and the contacts you’ll make are as valuable as the money.


If you have not previously received funding from Ben Franklin or won a cash prize in an earlier contest or TechCelerator program, visit for contest rules, FAQ, and to see the easy application process.

For more Information, contact Annie Hughes/717-948-4301 or or Liz Wilson/814-898-6541 or

The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM, Monday, April 18, 2022