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ERIE, PAHave 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 in Ben Franklin’s business startup accelerator, the TechCelererator@Erie. On August 21, 2019, they will each make a graduation pitch to a panel of judges from the community.  The winner will walk away with up to $10,000!

Come out and support these home-grown entrepreneurs, each of whom will have the opportunity to share with the audience and the judges their intended target market, the problem that their solution solves, and how their idea will make money for themselves as well as their investors. Ben Franklin has been offering the TechCelerator Program throughout our 32-county footprint for nearly eight years.  The resulting startup activity and job creation has been exciting.  Our pitch nights are attended by not only the friends and family of the presenters, but also community partners, local dignitaries, economic development professionals, other startups, and even potential investors.

While the judges deliberate, stay and enjoy a fun networking reception!

When:             Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Where:           Ben Franklin’s Erie Office/Knowledge Center, 5240 Knowledge Parkway

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Time:              Pitches begin at 5:00 pm – catered networking reception to follow

RSVP:   or 814-898-6650 by August 16, 2019