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A Winning Pitch Could Be Worth $10,000!

The Ben Franklin TechCelerator@Altoona is now Accepting Applications – If you have a new, tech-based business idea, you’ll want to check out this programAs an important part of the Startup Alleghenies initiative, the BF TechCelerator@Altoona will begin providing weekly business startup boot camps and one-on-one mentoring sessions that target emerging tech-entrepreneurs from the surrounding community.  These eight week sessions will be held in the Ben Franklin Board Room in Catalyst Space, 1331 12th Avenue, Altoona, PA, from 10:00 AM – Noon.  Classes will start January 23, 2018 and run for the next eight consecutive Tuesdays ending on March 13, 2018.

Our Boot Camps are free of charge, but space is limited. Contact Jerry Hudson at 814-242-3034 or . For more information click on

Business mentoring from Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network and the area’s local economic development and startup experts will be available at no cost.  General topics to be discussed over the eight weeks include customer discovery, business and revenue models, value propositions, legal issues, and cost structures to name just a few.  You’ll come away from this experience with a viable business plan as well as a list of networking contacts and a path forward.  But, perhaps the most important thing you will gain is the confidence that comes from knowing if it’s the right time for you to start your own tech-business – or not.


Don’t miss out on this opportunity! You will get the chance to pitch your business idea to a panel of judges at the completion of the course.  If you win, you will receive $10,000 in seed funding to help get your startup UP and running. Not sure if a TechCelerator Boot Camp is right for you? Check out this video of a recent graduation event held in State College:

About the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @ Altoona

A partnership designed to offer the region’s entrepreneurs, students, faculty members, and small business owners designated space, loan and investment programs, business support and mentoring services, and entrepreneurial training all housed in one location.  This innovative, one-stop-shop approach to business incubation will encourage an entrepreneurial climate, increase technology transfer opportunities, and help develop a robust “startup” culture in Altoona and the surrounding area.  Click on