Come Meet Ben Franklin!

Are you an ambitious entrepreneur or a visionary with a groundbreaking startup idea? Look no further than Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA!

At Ben Franklin CNP, we understand that turning a brilliant idea into a thriving business requires more than just capital. We have meticulously cultivated an ecosystem that fosters innovation, nurtures entrepreneurial spirit, and fuels economic growth. With us, you’ll find the tools and support necessary to transform your startup dreams into a reality.

Capital and Beyond

As a cornerstone of Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurial landscape, we provide vital investment capital to fuel your startup’s growth. Our funding options are designed to adapt to your unique needs, offering a range of financial assistance from seed-stage investments to follow-on funding. But our commitment doesn’t stop there. We go the extra mile by offering comprehensive business support services, including mentorship, guidance, and access to a vast network of industry professionals – FOR FREE!

Inspiring Innovation & Creating Jobs

Our mission is clear: to help you grow your company to support highly paid, sustainable jobs in our communities. We are committed to investing in advancing technologies that not only enhance our commonwealth but also revolutionize industries on a global scale.

Monthly Brown Bag and “Meet Ben” Sessions at the Shenango LaunchBox

BRING YOUR LUNCH AND JOIN US AT SHENANGO LAUNCHBOX TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BEN FRANKLIN AS WELL AS TO LEARN ABOUT AN EXCITING HOT TOPIC EACH MONTH!

Brown Bag events are on the third Wednesday of each month from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm. Feel free to join us for the discussion only, or as a bonus, schedule a 1:1 with Brian Slawin, Portfolio Manager at Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and a special guest (when indicated).

Location: Shenango Launch Box, 115 Anson Way, Sharon, PA 16146

Feb 21, 2024 | Networking 101 – How to Meet and Engage. . . ANYONE! | Brian Slawin + Special Guest Courtney Steding

Participants will be able to leverage a variety of tips and tricks to meet and engage the people that can help their business grow.

Mar 20, 2024 | Building a Proforma* + Special Guest

Investors know that as soon as an entrepreneur presents their ‘numbers’, they’re wrong. . . How to build a proforma that is realistic and reasonable.

NOTE: Alternate Location = GROVE CITY COLLEGE | STALEY HALL OF ARTS & LETTERS | ROOM 202

Apr 17, 2024 | How to Pitch an Investor – Building a Pitch Deck | Brian Slawin + Special Guest Julie Bratton

Participants will learn how to quickly build a meaningful pitch deck and what investors really want to understand.

May 15, 2024 |Starting a Startup – Going from Idea to Execution | Brian Slawin

Participants will be able to use the Business Model Canvas to begin their startup journey with the right plan, resources and support.

Jun 19, 2024 | The Importance of Customer Discovery | Brian Slawin

Participants will learn how to talk with potential customers and see if their idea can be a good business – especially because your friends are lying to you.

Jul 17, 2024 | How Startup Funding Works – VC, PE, IPO…oh my! | Brian Slawin + Special Guest Jordan Fuller

Investors have a language all of their own and participants will learn what the words mean and how to use them to secure startup funding.