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Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator Announces Winners of Fall Pitch Event

Six local entrepreneurial teams completed a ten-week business startup boot camp, offered by Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator program in partnership with Invent Penn State On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, these teams pitched their business concepts to a panel of judges to compete for a cash prize of $10,000. Audience members attending the pitch event virtually also...

Startup Launches A New Tool to Protect Vulnerable Adults

Oversubscribed Seed Round of $2 Million Completed by Early Investors Nearly eighteen million people currently have court-appointed guardians or a power of attorney in the United States alone. These decision-makers for elderly or incapacitated individuals are held accountable for maintaining detailed records of every action taken on behalf of the person.  This includes financial records,...

Local Startups to Receive Investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners

On Monday, October 24th, Ben Franklin Technology Partners hosted an Entrepreneur Investment Presentation that celebrated five local companies receiving funding. These startups, located in the Harrisburg, York, and Lancaster regions will use the investment to leap from start-up to up-and-running. The companies funded include: Arcana Recovery, Inc. (Harrisburg based) is a web and mobile app...

Win up to $30,000 with your Food or Beverage Innovation!

Ben Franklin’s Food & Beverage TechCelerator is offering a 10-week virtual Business Boot Camp for entrepreneurs and start-up companies that are developing scalable, innovative, and technology-focused products/services in the food and beverage industry. You’ll expand your network, engage with other successful entrepreneurs, discuss your business model with experts and develop a pitch that could win...

Winners Announced in Ben Franklin’s Agriculture, Food & Beverage BIG IDEA Contest!

On October 20, 2022, beginning at 2:00 PM, eight finalists from the BIG IDEA Contest made their pitch presentations to a panel of independent judges from PA Department of Agriculture, Sheetz, Penn State Extension, and Trilliant Food & Nutrition LLC. The panel of judges awarded two cash prizes. Ben Franklin Technology Partners is Pleased to...

Payback of Ben Franklin Investment Fuels New Startups

Members of the Erie community came together to celebrate some of the local innovators who’ve successfully made the leap from start-up to up-and-running and recognized the efforts of some of Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ newest portfolio clients. Sixteen companies either received or paid funds forward to contribute to new startups, totaling an amount of more...

Ben Franklin’s Agriculture, Food & Beverage BIG IDEA Contest Finale

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE BIG IDEA CONTEST FINAL PITCH COMPETITION! Join us for the virtual final pitch competition for Ben Franklin Technology Partners' $25,000 Agriculture, Food & Beverage BIG IDEA Contest. On October 20th, selected finalists will pitch their ag, food, and/or beverage startups to a team of independent judges for a chance to win...

TechCelerator at Ben Franklin is hosting a Virtual Pitch Event!

Join us to vote on your favorite business concept and help award a cash prize of 1,000 to a local startup! Seven local entrepreneurial teams are in the process of completing a ten-week, business startup boot camp. This exciting program has been offered by Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator program! On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, beginning at...

Ben Franklin Technology Partners Welcomes New Board Member

Lisa Riggs was appointed to the Ben Franklin Board of Directors at their September meeting. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania is excited to welcome Lisa Riggs to the board of directors. Bringing diverse and extensive experience in community and organizational development, Lisa shares Ben Franklin’s core values of addressing the needs of...

Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests in 12 Tech Companies!

Twelve startup companies located in central and northern PA recently received an investment from Ben Franklin that will allow them to further develop a new product, process, or software application. The funding is typically used for prototype development, testing of new products, hiring additional employees, and helping grow company sales. At the recent September Board...