TechCelerator's 8-Week Bootcamp for startups begins April 25

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The TechCelerator@State College is inviting budding tech-based entrepreneurs to apply for their upcoming 8-Week Boot Camp for business startups. During the Boot Camp, the attendees will hear from successful entrepreneurs, business support professionals, and private and institutional investors on how to develop a solid, fundable business model. You’ll come away from this experience with a list of best practices, lessons-learned and a comprehensive toolbox that will help you start your own tech business.

This free program requires a time commitment of two hours per week on eight successive Tuesdays beginning from 3 to 5 p.m. April 23. There will also be weekly one-on-one business mentoring from Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network and Penn State’s Small Business Development Center staff.

Space is limited. Those chosen to participate will have the chance to compete for $10,000 to help get their business off the ground. Last year’s winners were Lin Wang, CEO, and Tony Jun Huang, CTO, of Ascent Bio-Nano Technologies LLC and Kevin Irick of SiliconScapes. Ascent Bio-Nano has developed a chip that can produce three-dimensional focusing of a stream of cells, making it possible for inexpensive portable devices to rapidly screen cells for diseases such as leukemia or HIV. SiliconScapes is developing SmartView, a smart-camera technology that can be attached to retail displays and advertising and is capable of detecting shopper posture, attention and gaze, as well as interactions with the product.

Applications will only be accepted until April 12. To receive a one-page application for the TechCelerator Program, contact Don McCandless at 814-865-2040 or dlm74@psu.edu.

Located in the Technology Center at 200 Innovation Boulevard in State College, the TechCelerator@State College is a partnership among several of the area’s economic development providers that offers budding entrepreneurs designated space, loan and investment programs, business support and mentoring services, and entrepreneurial training in one location. For more information, go to http://www.techceleratorstatecollege.org.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, provides operational assistance, entrepreneurial support, and investment capital to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania.

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Last Updated April 01, 2013