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FINALISTS IN BEN FRANKLIN’S $50,000 BIG IDEA CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

Over the course of the summer, hundreds of people located in Ben Franklin’s 32-county footprint  in Pennsylvania, visited BIGIDEA.BenFranklin.org to check out the rules and the easy application process for our $50,000 innovation contest.  Recently, our team had the difficult job of choosing finalists from all the applications received from the region’s emerging tech-entrepreneurs and…

BEN FRANKLIN PORTFOLIO COMPANY IS “SAVING LIVES AND LIMBS” USING ULTRASOUND TECHNOLOGY!

ERIE, PA – In 2020, when Dr. Jeffrey Vaitekunas made his investment pitch presentation to Ben Franklin Technology Partners, he began with some very somber facts. “Every year, more people die from blood clots than from breast cancer and traffic accidents combined.  The products currently on the market only work for five minutes at a…

Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests in 14 Tech Startups!   

  Creating Jobs and Helping Grow the PA Economy   STATE COLLEGE, PA – Fourteen companies located in central and northern PA recently received an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners that will allow them to further develop and commercialize new products, processes, or software applications. The Ben Franklin program has been investing in tech…

BEN FRANKLIN’S TECHCELERATOR IS HOSTING A VIRTUAL PITCH COMPETITION.

INDIANA, PA – Since early June, five local entrepreneurial teams have been participating via Zoom in an intensive Business Startup Boot Camp offered by the Ben Franklin TechCelerator@Indiana. In partnership with several economic development initiatives such as IUP’s Small Business Development Center, JARI, Startup Alleghenies, and the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations, the program…

THE TECHCELERATOR@STATE COLLEGE ANNOUNCES THREE WINNERS!   

                                        STATE COLLEGE, PA – Six local entrepreneurial teams have been attending a ten-week, virtual, business startup boot camp as part of a program offered by Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College in partnership with the Invent…

YOUR BIG IDEA COULD BE WORTH BIG BUCKS!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an award-winning, tech-based economic development program, is offering emerging entrepreneurs and small manufacturers the opportunity to participate in our fun, risk-free $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest.  In the past few years – maybe because of the popularity of the TV show, Shark Tank – there has been a growing interest in pitch…

Patch Animation Pushes the Boundaries of Short  Film Development with Innovative Use of Unreal Engine Technology in ’Stached

Entrepreneurs David Romani II, Kelly Farmer, and Sofia Soldevila always knew they wanted to bring great stories to life through animation. In 2020 they launched Patch Animation™, LLC, a remote full-service animation studio with headquarters in Ebensburg, Pa. Their first short film, ’Stached, is about the unlikely duo of an old man and a hermit…

BEN FRANKLIN’S STARTUP BOOT CAMP IS COMING TO CAMBRIA, CLEARFIELD, INDIANA, AND JEFFERSON COUNTIES!  

Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@Indiana is offering its popular, VIRTUAL startup boot camp to tech entrepreneurs from Cambria, Clearfield, Indiana, and Jefferson counties.   You will have the opportunity to expand your network, engage with serial entrepreneurs, and learn from experts in marketing, sales and finance who can help you shape your business concept. You will also…

Someone Will Walk Away With Up To $10,000

For the past ten weeks, several entrepreneurial teams have been participating via Zoom in an intensive Business Startup Boot Camp, Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@Southern Alleghenies. In partnership with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, this program targeted emerging tech entrepreneurs from the region, and the applicants represented an exciting mix of target markets, products, and services.  Business opportunities…

Someone Will Walk Away With Up To $10,000!

For the past ten weeks, six entrepreneurial teams have been participating via Zoom in an intensive Business Startup Boot Camp, The TechCelerator@NWPA.  In partnership with Gannon University’s Small Business Development Center and Erie Technology Incubator, the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority, and Knowledge Park at Penn State Erie, this program targeted emerging tech entrepreneurs from…