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PA Wilds Big Idea Contest

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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:

  1. Up to $50,000 in cash
  2. A chance to win an additional $2,500 in the People’s Choice Award
  3. An opportunity to pitch the business concept for a $10,000 Seed Grant from Ben Franklin
  4. A guaranteed spot in a business accelerator program offered by either Ben Franklin or Penn State’s LaunchBox network
  5. Business mentoring and support by Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network
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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)

Apply Now

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