Boot Camp to offer guidance for tech startups

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The TechCelerator @State College is inviting area entrepreneurs, graduate students, researchers or anyone with a big idea, to participate in a 10-Week Boot Camp for business startups. The program has already launched more than 25 companies. The sessions run for two hours per week, on 10 successive Tuesdays, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 30 to Dec. 9.

Participants could receive as much as $1,000 toward legal and accounting startup costs and will have the chance to pitch to a panel of entrepreneurs at the completion of the course. The top presenter will receive $10,000 to help get the business off the ground. Business mentoring from Ben Franklin’s Transformation Business Services Network and Penn State’s Small Business Development Center staff will be available at no cost. You’ll come away from this experience with a Business Model, a list of best practices, lessons-learned and a valuable toolbox that will help you start your own tech-business.

The Boot Camp is free, but space is limited. The deadline for applications is Sept. 19.

The TechCelerator is a partnership designed to offer the region’s entrepreneurs, students, faculty members and small business owners designated space, loan and investment programs, business support and mentoring services, and entrepreneurial training all housed in one location. This innovative, one-stop-shop approach to business incubation will encourage an entrepreneurial climate, increase technology transfer opportunities and help develop a robust “startup” culture in State College and the surrounding area. Click on http://www.techceleratorstatecollege.org for more information. 

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 investment capital and entrepreneurial support to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania. Click on http://www.cnp.benfranklin.org for more information. 

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Last Updated September 04, 2014