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HARRISBURG, PA – We were looking for budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers, and even small manufacturers to participate in this year’s BIG IDEA contest, and we found them!

Nearly 6,000 people visited our landing page to check out the rules, eligibility, and of course, the cash!  

This year’s prize package – which will be awarded to two winners, is valued at more than $150,000, and is designed to support every aspect of turning a business idea into a business reality. Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been investing in tech-startups and small manufacturers for nearly 35 years. But, if you don’t know much about our award-winning program, check out this quick video!

And, the Finalists Are:

  • Brad Haubert/
  • Jerome Foreman/Conceptio Product Development
  • Benjamin Galluzzo/MathEdge Fantasy Sports
  • Kyle Musco/Moena
  • James Nichols/My Home Lites
  • Jim Hoefler/XoomRooms LLC
  • Dennis Dias/FORAC LLC
  • Peter Eaton/Lethean Company
  • Emily Smith/Listing Concierge
  • Vince Moley/Play Now
  • Gerald Broughton/Quick UPStay tuned!

In mid-April the folks listed above will make their presentations to a panel of independent judges and two winners will be chosen. The prize package includes: $35,000 in cash; an Innovation Adoption Grant up to $25,000 to work with a PA-based research university; priority access to a low-interest loan up to $100,000 from Ben Franklin; free working space at the BF TechCelerator@Carlisle by CREDC valued at $10,000; a one-year pass to seminars offered by Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center valued at $2,500; and a free consult (and proposal prep) valued at $3,000 on how to access Federal R&D grant money from the Innovation Partnership

We Inve$t in Innovation