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$50,000 Ben Franklin BIG IDEA Contest

Partnering with the Startup Alleghenies initiative, Ben Franklin Technology Partners will award up to $50,000 to tech innovators or small manufacturers located in "The Alleghenies" who are developing new products, processes or software applications.

In addition to the cash, winners will receive:

  • A free consult on how to access federal R&D grant money from the Innovation Partnership (IPART)
  • Free passes to seminars offered by Ben Franklin’s eMarketing Learning Center 

At the contest finals, one lucky finalist will be selected by the audience to receive the People’s Choice award, a cash prize of $2,500, sponsored by Somerset Trust.

You Qualify to Apply If: 

  • You are located in Bedford, Blair, Fulton, Cambria, Huntingdon, or Somerset County
  • You have not previously received Ben Franklin funding
  • You plan to commercialize your innovation
  • You do not have more than $1,000,000 in sales revenue for your innovation
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Submit your info in the form below to get the process started! You will shortly receive an email with the link to the contest application form.

Contest Rules & Regulations

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  • Rules & Eligibility
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