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Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator is hosting a Virtual Pitch Event!

In partnership with the Invent Penn State initiative, Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been offering its Business Startup Boot Camp for more than ten years. Eight entrepreneurial teams are currently in the process of completing this rigorous curriculum, which is presented twice a year to researchers, professors, graduate students, and local emerging entrepreneurs.

Eight entrepreneurial teams will be virtually presenting their business ideas and concepts to a panel of judges for a chance to win up to $30,000 to help launch their startup! Join us on Tuesday, June 13 from 2:00-5:00 PM as the teams pitch their ideas.

Join us for the Pitch Event

See who will win the $30,000 prize!

Tuesday, June 13 from 2:00-5:00 PM

The eight entrepreneurial teams chosen for the 2023 spring program represent an exciting mix of products:

Electromembrane (Arash Emdadi, State College) The company is proposing an electro-membrane technology to recover and recapture the ammonia in wastewater streams. Ammonia will be used to produce fertilizer, the main resource for plant growth. The proposed system will separate ammonium ions from the waste stream by applying membranes and selective separation methods. The system will separate ammonia from other wastewater components using a multistep separation process.

OK2StandUP (Eunice Yang, Bedford) Their patent-pending technology is a solution to the complex issue of senior falls, without the need for cameras or costly hardware installations. Their solution consists of a wearable monitor and app.

Advance Tooling (Jason White, Larry Zinn, Newville) Creating a universal die platform with two modules that have the ability to run a variety of different gauge and width materials. It can also run different complexities of parts. The customer would only have to purchase internal tooling that is distinct to their part.

Nuclear Applications (Eric Schwarz, Lancaster) Construct and operate a new Flow Loop at Penn State’s reactor. NuclearATC would contract RSEC to operate the reactor to irradiate the samples; NuclearATC would operate the Flow Loop and handle all other operations and maintenance of the Loop.

Fresh Start Wellness (Karen Johnson, Mill Hall) Fresh Start Wellness invented a portable lightweight leg press machine that weighs 14.9 lbs. It can be used sitting in a chair or lying in bed. It is not proof of concept, it is proof of design. It can press in increments of 20 lbs to 100 lbs. We know that studies over the past 50 years have documented the benefits of strength training. It builds muscle mass, improves bone density, improves balance, and increases circulation and flexibility.

Noerr Trucking (Scott Noerr) MVP will create a prefetch database of (eventually) more than 500,000 sources using a customized algorithm to search, schedule, bid, book, and plan routes for trucking companies. In addition – the full product should also include additional industry solutions such as fuel cards, factoring, tracking, compliance, insurance, lending, leasing … the list goes on.

Caregiver’s Artbox (Julie Mader, Smethport) Sold as a subscription service to support individuals working in a homecare setting as well as care communities; the CAREGIVER’S ARTBOX will deliver engaging art lessons, quality supplies, and clearly written support materials to engage lifelong learners so they may experience the joy of making art.

Del Sol Designs (Tammy del Sol, Dauphin) Believes that utilizing an instrument that eliminates the culprit, in this case the pinch grip, is the only sure way to slow down and possibly eliminate the Musculoskeletal Disorders issues that millions of practitioners around the world suffer from on a daily basis.