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Free 10-Week Boot Camp in State College could help launch your big idea


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Fifty-two startups have already gotten their start at Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College. You could be number 53. Those 52 companies have since raised $8 million in startup funds and generated $5 million in revenue.

Area entrepreneurs, researchers and grad students are invited to participate in a free 10-Week Boot Camp. If you have a new tech-based business idea that you’ve been eager to implement, this program could be right for you. The weekly sessions run 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, September 27, 2016 – December 6, 2016.

As part of the Boot Camp, Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College provides up to $1,000 towards startup costs plus the chance to pitch your business idea to a panel of entrepreneurs at the conclusion of the course. The top team will receive $10,000 in seed funding. Not sure if the TechCelerator is right for you? Check out this video

Mentoring from Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network and Penn State’s Small Business Development Center staff will also be available at no cost. You’ll come away from this experience with a viable business model, a list of networking contacts and a path forward. But perhaps most importantly, you will gain the confidence that comes from knowing if it’s the right time for you to start your own tech company.

The Boot Camp is free of charge, but space is limited. Contact Don McCandless at 814-865-2040 or [email protected]. The deadline for applications is September 16, 2016.

About the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @ State College:

This partnership offers the region’s entrepreneurs, students, faculty members and small business owners designated space, loan and investment programs, business support, mentoring services, and entrepreneurial training all housed in one location. The organization’s innovative, one-stop-shop approach to business incubation encourages an entrepreneurial climate, increases technology transfer opportunities, and helps develop a robust startup culture in State College and the surrounding area. 

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