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10 finalists announced in Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA contest


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Once again, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania (BFTP/CNP) solicited budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers and existing small businesses for its annual BIG IDEA contest.

To help kick off the Startup Alleghenies initiative, this year’s contest targeted the counties located in the Southern Alleghenies and Central PA. The response was amazing. In less than two months, nearly 2,000 people visited the site and more than 100 uploaded the application. It was a difficult job, the preliminary judges narrowed the pool of contestants down to ten. On October 6, these entrepreneurs were notified that they are finalists.

The Ten Finalists:

This year’s cash prizes will be awarded to four winners: First Place: $25,000; Second Place: $15,000; Third Place: $7,500; and a People’s Choice Award: $2,500.

In Addition To The $25,000, The First Place Winner Will Also Receive:

Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been running our risk-free BIG IDEA contests for nearly 20 years. The winners will be announced on November 16, 2017.

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