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PA Wilds Big Idea Contest
Big Ideas Grow in WILD Places!
In partnership with the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Ben Franklin Technology Partners is looking for innovators with BIG IDEAS located in Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, or Jefferson County, PA.
You could win up to $50,000! We’re looking for entrepreneurs who are developing or crafting a product, process or innovation related to the maker economy, outdoors and recreation, forest products, manufacturing and technology. If this sounds like you, don’t hesitate to apply.
Let your BIG IDEAS run WILD
The winner will receive:
Up to $50,000 in cash
A chance to win an additional $2,500 in the People’s Choice Award
An opportunity to pitch the business concept for a $10,000 Seed Grant from Ben Franklin
A guaranteed spot in a business accelerator program offered by either Ben Franklin or Penn State’s LaunchBox network
Business mentoring and support by Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network
You qualify to apply if:
You are currently in one of the eligible counties
You have not previously received Ben Franklin funding or a cash prize from either a BIG IDEA Contest or a TechCelerator program
You plan to commercialize your innovation
You do not have more than $1,000,000 in annual sales revenue (as an established business)
The 2022 BIG IDEA Contest sponsored by PA Wilds is only accepting businesses or entrepreneurs located in Centre, Clarion, Clearfield and Jefferson counties. Subsequent contests in 2023 and 2024 will accept applications from other counties in the PA Wilds region.
Scalable business models and ideas are prioritized. These can range across many industries. We particularly encourage innovators and startups in technology, manufacturing, forest products, green products and processes, outdoor recreation to apply.