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Recently, eight entrepreneurial teams completed a ten-week, virtual, business startup boot camp.  This exciting program has been offered by Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College, in partnership with the Invent Penn State initiative, for ten years.

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, beginning at 2:00 PM, the teams pitched their business concepts to a panel of independent judges for a cash prize of up to $10,000!  In addition, the zoom audience members had the opportunity to vote for their favorite presentation and award a cash prize of $1,000 in the People’s Choice Award.

The Winners Were:

First Place:           Craig Moyer with BoB Profit Partners took home $7,000 for his retail technology solution that eliminates merchandise loss.

Second Place:      Talia East with HER Tech World took home $3,000 for developing a solution that matches up underserved female founders with investors.

People’s Choice: Rachelle Martin with Alex & Thea took home $1,000 for her functional, on-the-go travel baby bag design.

Other members of the cohort also presented an exciting mix of emerging products and services including membranes for use in fuel cells; a realistic target practice training product; a system for shippers to manage large fleets of of drivers without the need for brokers; an on-the-green putting aid, and a company that provides social media marketing strategies that build trust and credibility.