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AG Food & Beverage BIG IDEA Contest


Click here for information on the PA Wilds $50K BIG IDEA Contest

The next PA Wilds $50K BIG IDEA Contest is coming spring 2023. Check back in January 2023 for more information and to apply.

Win up to $25,000 Cash!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an award winning tech-based economic development program, is looking for innovators with BIG IDEAS who are developing new products or processes in the agriculture (AG) and food/beverage industries. Examples might include a new take on drone or smart farming, soil and crop health, pest management, AG machinery and automation, robotic solutions, sensor applications, dairy management, innovative food and beverage products, packaging, processing and supply chain solutions, and more!

Apply by 5 p.m. on August 29, 2022

The winner will receive:

  1. Up to $25,000 in cash
  2. An opportunity to pitch the business concept for a $10,000 seed grant
  3. A guaranteed spot in a business accelerator program
  4. Business mentoring and support from Ben Franklin Technology Partners
  5. A six-month, free subscription to Sparktoro.com – Audience Research at Your Fingertips
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You qualify to apply if: 

  • You are located in Ben Franklin’s central and northern 32- county footprint
  • You have not previously received Ben Franklin funding or a cash prize from another BIG IDEA contest
  • You plan to commercialize your innovation

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