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Celebrate Women in Tech & Party with a Purpose

Bring your friends and a $5 minimum donation and “Party With a Purpose”. Your donation will contribute to a scholarship fund designed for women interested in pursuing careers in STEAM.

Celebrate with us to Encourage, Toast, Inspire, and Support More Women in Tech Roles.

  • Erie Yacht Club Lighthouse Gazebo - 1 Ravine Dr, Erie, PA 16505
  • Wednesday June 2, 2021
    05:00 PM

Using Your Company Financial Statements as a Management Tool

Sure, you do your financial accounting for your taxes. But are you using the powerful information embedded within your company's financial statements to manage its life and growth? 

Ben Franklin Venture Investment Forum is presenting its next webinar on December 2, 2020, entitled, "Using Your Company Financial Statements as a Management Tool.”

  • Webinar
  • Wednesday December 2, 2020
    09:30 AM

Making a Compelling Pitch

Once you know that raising equity is the best way to fund your company’s growth, how do you do so effectively? There are a lot of ways you can shoot yourself in the foot when attempting to capture the attention of investors. How do avoid these mistakes?

  • Webinar
  • Thursday November 5, 2020
    09:30 AM

Register Now for the Startup Challenge Lancaster

Startup Challenge Lancaster - Due to COVID-19, Startup Challenge is postponed to fall 2020. Check our website for updated program information

Startup Challenge is an action-packed startup intensive for community, students and professionals with early-stage business ideas. Startup Challenge welcomes participants from all locations, backgrounds and levels of experience. No affiliation with Penn State University is required to participate. Visit program website for more information.

Register by April 3rd to get $65 early bird pricing! Tickets are $80 after 4/4/20.

  • The Candy Factory, Lancaster, PA
  • Friday April 17, 2020
    05:00 PM
  • Saturday April 18, 2020
    08:00 AM
  • Sunday April 19, 2020
    08:00 AM

Video Made Simple with Your iPhone - Part Two

In this webinar training session, Chris Norris will teach you how to tap into your iPhone’s built-in video camera to share your message, product or service with your customers. He will teach you why you don’t need a perfectly polished, highly produced video to share a compelling and effective message via video.

  • Webinar
  • Thursday March 19, 2020
    10:00 AM

Video Made Simple with Your iPhone - Part One

In this webinar training session, Chris Norris will teach you how to tap into your iPhone’s built-in video camera to share your message, product or service with your customers. He will teach you why you don’t need a perfectly polished, highly produced video to share a compelling and effective message via video.

  • Webinar
  • Thursday March 12, 2020
    10:00 AM

Creative Aerobics Workshop

The most Important Skills for the 21st Century are the Four "Cs".  Together in the Creative Aerobics Workshop  we will us all four: Creativity,  Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication.

Creative Aerobics is quick, crazy and fun, making it ideal for the 21st century creative and entrepreneur ready to think differently in a tech-enabled change economy. 

  • Light Reception Immediately Following - Erie Art Museum, 20 East 5th Street, Erie PA 16507
  • Thursday January 30, 2020
    02:30 PM

Legal Considerations for a Capital Raise

There’s a lot to consider when you plan a capital raise, not the least of being in legal compliance. This session will be an overview of the things you need to think about and plan with your attorney. You will learn: the different types of debt and equity instruments available for raising capital; state and federal securities laws and compliance; the capital raising process; and common capital raising mistakes.

  • Multiple locations via webinar
  • Thursday November 14, 2019
    12:00 PM

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Convertible Notes

Maybe you’ve heard the term, convertible note. Ben Franklin Technology Partners often uses this vehicle for its investments in companies. However, there’s a lot more to it than just being a loan. Dave Lishego of Riverfront Ventures and Innovation Works will lead us through key terms and considerations of convertible notes, their pros and cons and provide examples to illustrate these concepts.

  • Multiple locations via webinar
  • Friday November 1, 2019
    09:30 AM

Developing an Intellectual Property Strategy for Your Company

Developing an intellectual property (IP) strategy that can drive business value for your early-stage, high-growth, company is a critical but often overlooked activity.  IP, in its many forms, defines what differentiates a company from its competition.  The overall business strategy must drive the strategic development and acquisition of IP assets.  Business owners must develop an IP strategy that augments their business strategy and rely on their legal counsel to implement that strategy.  In this session, learn the basics of what IP is, what an IP strategy is, and how to build an IP strategy based on your business strategy and what makes your company unique.

  • Multiple locations via webinar
  • Wednesday December 11, 2019
    09:30 AM

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