Come Meet our Strategic Partner: Ben Franklin!

Are you an ambitious entrepreneur or a visionary with a groundbreaking startup idea? Look no further than our ecosystem partner: Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA!

At Ben Franklin CNP, we understand that turning a brilliant idea into a thriving business requires more than just capital. We have meticulously cultivated an ecosystem that fosters innovation, nurtures entrepreneurial spirit, and fuels economic growth. With us, you’ll find the tools and support necessary to transform your startup dreams into a reality.


Capital and Beyond

As a cornerstone of Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurial landscape, we provide vital investment capital to fuel your startup’s growth. Our funding options are designed to adapt to your unique needs, offering a range of financial assistance from seed-stage investments to follow-on funding. But our commitment doesn’t stop there. We go the extra mile by offering comprehensive business support services, including mentorship, guidance, and access to a vast network of industry professionals – FOR FREE!


Inspiring Innovation & Creating Jobs

Our mission is clear: to help you grow your company to support highly paid, sustainable jobs in our communities. We are committed to investing in advancing technologies that not only enhance our commonwealth but also revolutionize industries on a global scale.

Monthly Brown Bag and "Meet Ben" Sessions at the Shenango LaunchBox

Bring Your Lunch and Join Us at Shenango LaunchBox (unless an alternate location is indicated) to learn more about Ben Franklin as well as to learn about an exciting hot topic each month!


May 15, 2024 |The Importance of Customer Discovery | Brian Slawin

Participants will learn how to talk with potential customers and see if their idea can be a good business – especially because your friends are lying to you.

June 19, 2024 |Social and Emotional Intelligence for Small Business | Casie Lucas-Szumigala

Have you ever wondered why it’s easier to talk with some people than others? What if you could learn how to connect with everyone you meet? Discover the different communication styles, how they click and how they clash, and how you can learn to flex your communication skills to connect with business partners, investors, customers, and more!

July 17, 2024 | How Startup Funding Works – VC, PE, IPO…oh my! | Brian Slawin + Special Guest Jordan Fuller

Investors have a language all of their own and participants will learn what the words mean and how to use them to secure startup funding.