The Penn State EdTech Network is hosting its first ever edtech BIG IDEA Contest with Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA and co-sponsored by Penn State’s Small Business Development Center. The competition encourages Pennsylvania residents with a new, innovative edtech concept or product to apply by January 9th, 2017 with the top three winners receiving $35,000, $7,500, and $2,500 respectively.
“The EdTech Network is partnering with Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the Small Business Development Center to help surface educational technology innovations taking shape in our backyard. The goal is to help turn those great ideas into reality for Pennsylvania entrepreneurs,” said Daren Coudriet, Director of the Penn State EdTech Network.
To be eligible to apply, applicants must be located in Pennsylvania, developing/commercializing a new, innovative edtech concept or product, be a company that is pre-revenue or has not generated more than $500,000 in sales (in either 2015 or 2016), and have less than 25 employees.
“One of the main outcomes we hope to see from this competition is just how large the edtech startup landscape is in Pennsylvania,” said Heather Fennessey McWhorter, Director of the Penn State Small Business Development Center. “This sector has untapped potential and growth opportunities for job creation and learning capabilities that we’re hoping to showcase with the innovations that are submitted as part of the contest.”
If you are a budding entrepreneur, teacher, student, or area software developer looking to submit your idea, applying is quick and simple. Visit the website to submit your idea online and the deadline to apply is January 9, 2017. Any additional questions can be sent to Jill Edwards.