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You Could Win Up To $50,000 In Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest!

ERIE, PA – When you add it up, ART + Technology = A Tech StARTup!  One of history’s first tech-enablers, Leonardo da Vinci, used his engineering background to develop a new technique for sculpting in bronze.  Today, when art meets science, the result can be innovations in animation, gaming, robotics, industrial design, or artificial intelligence to name just a few.

This year, Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest is looking for tech-entrepreneurs who are developing new products, processes, or techniques in the creative industries that will impact the areas described above but also those related to communication, entertainment, fine arts, and even the food and drink sectors.


Becoming the next “Game Changer” is more than just exciting; you could win a cash prize of up to $50,000.  In addition, you’ll receive:

  • Three months of free co-working space in Knowledge Park
  • A one-year pass to seminars offered by Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center
  • A free consult on protecting your intellectual property from Attorney Jonathan D’Silva
  • Access to SEMrush, a powerful and versatile competitive intelligence suite for online marketing

Filling out a simple on-line form could be your first step in turning your BIG IDEA into a Tech StARTup! Rules, eligibility, and the application form are located at

The Deadline to Apply is May 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM. 


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