Ben Franklin Technology Partners $50,000 BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest

State College, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern Pennsylvania will award a grand prize of $50,000 to one tech-based startup or entrepreneur who submits the best plan to develop and grow a business in the 32-county footprint served by the program in Pennsylvania.  Those who are interested can visit for a complete description of the rules, FAQ’s, and entry forms. The deadline for applications is February 29, 2012.

Preferred industry sectors include, but are not limited to: nanotechnology, green technologies, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, medical devices, information technology and software development.

Jill Edwards, Executive Director of Ben Franklin’s Venture Investment Forum, commented, “If you have always wanted to start your own tech business, this contest is a great opportunity.  Don’t hesitate to apply.  A simple on-line summary gets you started!

About Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners CNP, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, provides investment capital and business support services to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania.  Contact the central office of Ben Franklin in University Park at (814) 863-4559 or see our website at

Heidi F. Sullivan

Ben Franklin Technology PArtners
5340 Fryling Road
Erie, PA  16510
Telephone:  (814) 898-6650
Fax:  (814) 898-6613