Small Manufacturers or Entrepreneurs in NW PA Can Win a Prize Package Valued at $200,000!

ERIE, Pa.--()--Have you been thinking about developing a new, innovative product or process? Then, you need to think about Ben Franklin Technology Partners! Most people either know us from our Business Plan Contests, our affiliation with Penn State University, or because we have been providing investment capital and business support services to tech-based startups for more than 30 years. Click on

However, many people don’t realize that Ben Franklin also makes investments in small manufacturers. This year, in order to remind companies to think about Ben Franklin, as a resource, when planning to introduce new or improved products to the market, our BIG IDEA Contest will focus on helping small manufacturers and entrepreneurs in Northwest Pennsylvania turn their ideas into real business opportunities. Investing in innovation is the core of Ben Franklin’s mission, and this year’s prize package, valued at $200,000 is designed to support every aspect of a development project.

Go to to see if you are located in an eligible NWPA county, to check out the prize package, and to apply. No need to share your “secret sauce” or any detail you believe is proprietary. The deadline to apply is January 20, 2015. Finalists will be notified in February 2015.

About Ben Franklin:

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 funding, operational assistance, and entrepreneurial support to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania. Contact the NW PA office of Ben Franklin in Knowledge Park, Erie, PA at (814) 898-6650 or see our website at

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Liz Wilson, Director of Marketing, 814-898-6650

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If you are a small manufacturer or entrepreneur located in Northwest PA, you could win a prize package valued at $200,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP