Ben Franklin TechCelerator Program

Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator is offering local entrepreneurs, grad students, professors, and university researchers a 10-week business boot camp to help take the first step in launching your startup.



What can you expect from this program?

Throughout the 10-week program, you’ll be able to explore the likelihood of success, discuss your business model and financials with experts, expand your network, engage with other entrepreneurs, and develop a pitch deck for funding opportunities.

The TechCelerator boot camp involves weekly group sessions with content experts and a weekly one-on-one session with your mentor to discuss individual needs. The goal of the program is to provide a framework that will enable you to have the information needed to decide if it’s the right time to start your business.

At the end of the 10 weeks, you’ll have a pitch presentation that will position your business to take the first step toward funding. You’ll have a chance to test your presentation skills at the final session by pitching before a group of judges who will award up to $10,000 to participants. In addition, virtual audience members will vote for their favorite presentation and award $1,000.

What topics are covered in the 10 weeks?

  • Business Model Overview
  • Who’s your Customer? What’s your market?
  • What’s your Value Proposition
  • Customer Relationships – Get/Keep/Grow
  • Basic Financials – Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Cash Flow
  • Estimating Operating & Startup Costs
  • Revenue/Pricing/Costs
  • Funding Options
  • Basic Legal – Business Structure & Ownership

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.

How to apply?



Application deadline is March 17, 2023

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