Tag Archives: innovation

WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST!

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. On October 14, 2021 beginning at 2:00 PM, the eight finalists competed virtually via Zoom. They made their presentations to a…

Five PA Companies To Receive Funding from Ben Franklin Technology Partners!

At the September 2021 Board of Director’s meeting, five additional companies were approved to receive an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA.  Emerging entrepreneurs and small business owners who are developing a new, product, process, or software application – and need startup funding, need to know about the Ben Franklin…

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…

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…

BLIND TIGER SWEEPS BEN FRANKLIN’S $50,000 BIG IDEA CONTEST

ERIE, PA – On Thursday, January 14, 2021,with more than 160 viewers in the zoom audience, seven companies made their final pitch presentations to four independent judges; a panel which also included a past BIG IDEA winner, Dr. Wei-Shin Lai with Acoustic Sheep. Many thanks to the judges, regional partners, and Senator Dan Laughlin for…

Gov. Thornburgh’s Legacy Spans Generations, Provides a Blueprint for Pennsylvania’s Future

As Pennsylvania fights back from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the decisions our elected leaders make while facing the preeminent challenge of their time will have a resounding influence on current and future generations in the decades to come. Such was the case 38 years ago when Governor Dick Thornburgh rose to the…

GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF $50,000 ANNOUNCED IN BEN FRANKLIN’S BIG IDEA CONTEST!

More than 100 friends, family members, and community partners tuned in via ZOOM on November 19, 2020 to see the six finalists in Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest make their pitch to a panel of independent judges. This contest, which targeted the counties of Indiana, Jefferson, Clearfield, and Cambria, attracted dozens of emerging innovators, tech…

THE BF TECHCELERATOR FALL 2020 ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF PITCH NIGHT!

LANCASTER, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners is pleased to announce the winners of their TechCelerator pitch competition. The pitch competition was the finale for six teams who participated in an intensive 10-week startup boot camp offered by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Our $10,000 prize pool was sponsored by BB&T now Truist, Lancaster County…