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Take home up to $10,000 to help launch your startup with Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs! Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator is offering a 10-week business boot camp with a chance to win up to $10,000 in prize money to help you launch your startup.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania is excited to announce the launch of its 10-week business boot camp designed for entrepreneurs or those interested in entrepreneurship. This comprehensive program aims to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to kickstart their startup journey.

What can you expect from this program?

  • Explore the likelihood of success for your startup idea.
  • Receive expert guidance on refining your business model and financials.
  • Expand your network and engage with fellow entrepreneurs.
  • Develop a compelling pitch deck for potential funding opportunities.

The TechCelerator boot camp features weekly group sessions with industry experts and personalized one-on-one mentoring to address individual needs. By the end of the program, participants will have a polished pitch presentation ready to attract investors and funding.

What topics will be covered in the 10 weeks?

  • Business Model overview
  • Identifying your target market
  • Crafting a compelling Value Proposition
  • Building and nurturing Customer Relationships
  • Financial essentials: Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flow
  • Estimating Operating & Startup Costs
  • Revenue strategies, pricing, and cost analysis
  • Exploring funding options
  • Understanding basic legal considerations: Business Structure & Ownership

Pitch for Success: Win Up to $10,000!

At the culmination of the 10-week program, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas before a panel of judges. The judges will award up to $10,000 in prize money to outstanding pitches. Additionally, all successful TechCelerator graduates will receive a $1,000 stipend.

How much does it cost?

This program is offered at NO COST to entrepreneurs in the following counties: Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Erie, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Perry, Potter, Somerset, Venango, Warren, and York.

Ready to Launch Your Startup?

Apply now for the TechCelerator program and take the first step towards entrepreneurial success! The application deadline is April 5, 2024.

  • The spring TechCelerator class will begin on April 30th, 2024 with the Finale on July 9th, 2024.
  • Classes are held Tuesdays 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • All classes are virtual via Zoom
  • Coaching sessions are held either Wednesday or Thursday at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm, or 3:00 pm.