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There’s Still Time to Apply to Ben Franklin’s “Big Idea” Contest!


December 16, 2015
By Business Wire News

HARRISBURG, Pa.

Have you been thinking about developing or commercializing a new, innovative product or process? Are you located in South Central PA? Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA is looking for budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers, or even small manufacturers! You could win one of two prize packages valued at $150,000.

It’s easy to submit your BIG IDEA to Ben Franklin on-line by filling out a simple questionnaire at http://bigidea.benfranklin.org No need to share your “secret sauce” or any detail you believe is proprietary. What counties are located in South Central PA?Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, & York

Our risk-free BIG IDEA contests have been helping folks start or grow their business for more than 30 years. Don’t know much about Ben Franklin? Watch this quick video! http://bit.ly/1iabSx5

Investing in innovation is the core of Ben Franklin’s mission. 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. Check out our new website at www.cnp.benfranklin.org

This year, we are offering TWO prize packages!Each winner will get:

  • $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 valued at $10,000
  • A one-year pass to seminars offered by Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center http://emarketinglearningcenter.org valued at $2,500
  • A free consult (and proposal prep) valued at $3,000 on how to access Federal R&D grant money from the Innovation Partnership http://innovationpartnership.net.

You are eligible to apply to the BIG IDEA contest IF:

  • You are located in one of the participating counties in South Central PA
  • You are developing/commercializing a new, innovative tech-based product
  • You have not previously received an investment from Ben Franklin

The deadline to apply is January 20, 2016. Questions? 717-948-6625

Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP
Liz Wilson, Director of Marketing
814-898-6650
lizwilson@psu.edu