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How apprenticeship programs help retain workers amid shortage

By David Rockower Credit: Pennsylvania College of Technology If you haven’t read about the labor shortage, you’ve more than likely experienced it firsthand at your favorite location restaurant or retail store, or even in your own firm. During a recent webinar sponsored by The Ben Franklin Learning Center, Shannon Munro shared details about what’s causing […]

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TEAMology uses AI to make big impact on social, emotional and mental health and wellness

By Stephanie Kalina-Metzger Linsey Covert with TEAMology’s Ruby. Credit: Photo Provided If you’ve ever seen Pixar’s movie “Inside Out,” you may have already gotten a taste of how TEAMology helps children regulate and control their emotions. Founded in 2016, TEAMology is the brainchild of CEO Linsey Covert. As a grad student at Penn State, she […]

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Take a seat in Ben Franklin’s startup boot camp, and you could take home $10,000

By Staff Writer Registration is open for this fall’s TechCelerator@StateCollege — a virtual, 10-week business startup bootcamp that helps entrepreneurs expand their network, engage with other successful entrepreneurs, discuss their business model with experts and develop a pitch that could win up to $10,000. The weekly ZOOM sessions will be on Tuesdays, Sept. 13–Nov. 29, […]

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Grow your ag idea with Ben Franklin’s Big Idea contest

By Staff Writer Do you have a startup concept revolving around agriculture, food or beverages? Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ BIG IDEA contests have awarded over $2 million in cash prizes to startups in central and northern Pennsylvania, and the newest BIG IDEA contest is focused on innovators who are developing new products or processes in […]

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Who Will Walk Away With Up To $50,000 in Ben Franklin's BIG IDEA Contest?

In partnership with the PA WILDS Center for Entrepreneurship, Ben Franklin Technology Partners recently sponsored a $50,000 BIG IDEA contest targeting innovators working in the maker economy, forest products, outdoors and recreation, and even tech-manufacturing. CHECK OUT THE FINALISTS! American Precast Industries, Billett Electric, Brinc Building Products, Neodime, Nimbus-T Global, and The PA Mushroom Company.  […]

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Join Ben Franklin’s virtual pitch event on June 14 to pick the People’s Choice Winner

Eight entrepreneurial startups are graduating from Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College, and will be competing in a pitch contest for seed money to help launch their companies. On Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 2:00 PM, the teams will pitch their business concepts to a panel of independent judges for a cash prize of up to […]

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