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FINALISTS FROM INDIANA, JEFFERSON, CLEARFIELD, AND CAMBRIA COUNTIES ANNOUNCED IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

Over the course of the past two months, dozens of people located in the counties of Indiana, Jefferson, Clearfield, and Cambria visited BIGIDEA.BenFranklin.org to check out the rules and the easy application process for our recent $50,000 contest.  This week, our team had the difficult job of identifying finalists from all the applications received from…

Nine More PA Companies Just Received Funding from Ben Franklin Technology Partners!

At the September 2020 Board of Director’s meeting, nine additional companies were approved to receive an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA and were added to the program’s portfolio of funded clients.  Emerging entrepreneurs and small business owners who are developing a new, product, process, or software application – and…

Creating Jobs and Helping Grow the PA Economy: Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests in 17 Tech Startups!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Seventeen 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, which has been investing in tech startups and small manufacturers for nearly 40 years, recently…

Explore Your Start Up Tech-Business Idea!

TechCelerator Fall 2020! If you want to expand your network, engage with serial entrepreneurs, participate in discussions with experts in marketing, sales and finance to help shape your business and develop a pitch presentation, then you’ll want to register for Ben Franklin’s Fall 2020 TechCelerator – To Apply: https://bit.ly/techcelerator2020fall Your only cost is your time….

WINNERS OF BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

With a virtual audience of more than 100 Zoom participants, on Thursday, June 18, 2020, a panel of independent judges awarded (3) cash prizes in Ben Franklin’s $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest. In partnership with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, Ben Franklin Technology Partners is pleased to congratulate the winners: First place ($25,000) was awarded to Timothy…

THE TECHCELERATOR@STATE COLLEGE ANNOUNCES PITCH WINNERS!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, The TechCelerator@StateCollege, a partnership with Invent Penn State that has helped create more than 130 new startups, hosted a zoom pitch event.  Six local entrepreneurial teams, who had just completed the ten-week business startup boot camp, virtually presented their business concepts to a panel of judges…

Ben Franklin Invests in Local Tech Companies Developing Solutions Related to Impact of COVID-19

Nine tech-companies in central and northern PA, that are developing solutions related to the impact of COVID-19 on the state and its economy, received an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP.  The funding will allow them to support operations, add employees, and further develop and commercialize new products, processes, or software applications. Ben Franklin, which…

Your Tech Business Idea Could WIN Up To $10,000!

In the past eight years, more than 150 teams have graduated from Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator program; a rigorous ten-week curriculum that allows participants to explore their business concepts with the benefit of professional guidance – and have the chance to win up to $10,000! If you are located in Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Cambria, Huntingdon, or…

Ben Franklin’s New ReStart Initiative Targets Counties in Central & Northern PA

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP is pleased to announce the ReStart initiative; a new program that will quickly begin investing $2 million in tech-startups and small manufacturers adversely affected by the COVID-19. By matching the generous support of $1 million in capital from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED),…

SEDA-COG Announces New Revolving Loan Fund

To assist small businesses in Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, and Union Counties, SEDA-COG has created a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program.  Roughly $400,000 in new loan funds are available to for-profit companies in the 11 County SEDA-COG region. Outlined below are terms and conditions that would be applicable in…