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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…

Ben Franklin CNP Clients Answering the Call to Help with COVID-19

Many clients of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania are answering the call to assist the commonwealth on a number of fronts in response to the many serious challenges connected to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some of the ways clients are working directly and indirectly to support ongoing response efforts in…

Most Older Americans Might Not Realize They Have Already Lived Through Several Pandemics

Recent Pandemics and Historic Precedents for COVID-19 / D. Brian Krier – Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP Table of Contents: Introduction Virus Primer Recent Historical Pandemics Asian Flu, 1957 Hong Kong Flu, 1968 Spanish Flu, 1918-1919 H1N1 Pseudo-Pandemic, 1947 The Pandemic That Wasn’t, 1976 SARS & MERS, 2003 and 2012 H1N1, 2009 Analysis and Conclusions Introduction…

FINALISTS IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST ANNOUNCED!

Over the course of the past two months, hundreds of people located in the counties of Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Cambria, Huntingdon, and Somerset in Pennsylvania 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 just six finalists…

SIX PA STARTUPS RECEIVED AN INVESTMENT FROM BEN FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY PARTNERS

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Every year, dozens of PA startups get their start with Ben Franklin Technology Partners. The largest early-stage investor in the region, Ben Franklin provides investment capital and business support services to emerging tech-entrepreneurs and small manufacturers located in central and northern Pennsylvania. www.cnp.benfranklin.org . At the March 2020 Board of Director’s…

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

STATE COLLEGE, PA – In the past eight years, more than 100 teams have graduated from Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@State College.  This successful partnership with the Invent Penn State initiative is offering local entrepreneurs, grad-students, professors, and university researchers a 10-Week Business Startup Boot Camp. The weekly sessions will run on Tuesdays, April 7, 2020 –…

Governor’s 2020-21 Budget Proposes $5 Million Increase for Ben Franklin

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Jan. 24, 2020) — Gov. Tom Wolf today announced that his proposed 2020-21 General Fund budget will include a $5 million increase for the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners initiative, one of the most widely known and emulated state technology-based economic development programs in…

WINNERS OF BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST ALL HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON!

You don’t need to be a famous inventor or scientist like Ben Franklin in order to be eligible to enter our $50,000 BIG IDEA Contest.  But, the innovators who win our contests tend to have one thing in common; they see things differently. Ben Franklin Technology Partners, in partnership with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, is…

Penn State Startup, RealForests, Took Home Some Real Cash!

                                         STATE COLLEGE, PA – Have you ever wondered what it would take to run your own startup? Six local entrepreneurial teams led by Raymond Robinson, Catherine Rogers, Sheridan Miyamoto, Brennan Holderman, Joseph Sinclair/Mandy Heard, and…