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YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A HISTORIC INVENTOR OR SCIENTIST LIKE BEN FRANKLIN TO WIN OUR BIG IDEA CONTEST!

Ben Franklin’s $50,000 Big Idea Contest is looking for tech entrepreneurs or small manufacturers who are developing innovative, new products, processes or software applications.

In addition, other prizes available are:
  1. A guaranteed spot in Harrisburg LaunchBox’s Idea TestLab
  2. A free consult on accessing federal R&D grant money from the Innovation Partnership (IPART)
  3. Free passes to seminars offered by Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center
  4. A seat in Ben Franklin’s Startup Boot Camp
  5. A $2,500 “Peoples’ Choice” Award sponsored by Cargas

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS AUGUST 23, 2021 AT 5:00 PM

You are eligible to apply if: 
  • You are located in one of the 32 counties in Ben Franklin’s central and northern footprint
  • You have not received Ben Franklin funding, won a regional contest or a TechCelerator cash prize
  • You plan to commercialize your BIG IDEA and create a for-profit company
  • You currently do not have more than $500,000 in sales revenue

Apply Now

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BIG IDEA Contest Rules & Regulations

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