Win Up To $10,000 Exploring Your Tech-Business Idea | – GANT News

DUBOIS – In the past eight years, more than 200 teams have graduated from Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator Startup Boot Camps. Many of these teams turned their ideas into successful tech startups.

Partnering with the North Central PA LaunchBox, Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @DuBois, is inviting emerging entrepreneurs, students, professors, small businesses and the general public from across the region to apply to the next 10-Week Business Startup Boot Camp.

The weekly sessions will run on Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 15, 2020 until March 19, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. followed by coaching sessions.

Sessions will be held at the North Central PA LaunchBox (Old Deposit Bank Building), 2 E. Long Ave., Suite 120, DuBois, PA 15801.

Business mentoring from Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network and Clarion University’s Small Business Development Center will also be available free of charge.

A graduation “pitch” event will enable the winning team to receive up to $10,000 in seed funding to help get its business from startup to up and running.

“This is a no-cost opportunity; all you spend is your time. During the 10 weeks, we provide up to $1,000 in reimbursement towards customer discovery and prototyping,” according to Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

“In addition, Invent Penn State’s I-Corps Site status enables eligible, university-related startup teams to receive up to an additional $3,000 for customer discovery.”

The deadline for applications is Jan. 3, 2020. Please go to to apply.

Participants will come away from this experience with a viable business model, a list of networking contacts and the confidence that comes from knowing if it’s the right time to start a tech-business.

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Space is limited, so interested participants are encouraged to contact John Siggins at 814-865-2879 as soon as possible.

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