Penn State EdTech Network searching for ‘Big Idea’ contest entries

November 03, 2016

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — If you have a great idea about how to use technology, media, or new teaching theories to create a positive learning environment for students of any age, then the Penn State EdTech Network wants to hear from you.

Powered by Ben Franklin Technology Partners and co-sponsored by Penn State’s Small Business Development Center, Penn State’s EdTech Network is now accepting applications from budding entrepreneurs, teachers, students, and area software developers for its Big Idea contest.

“We are looking for people who are passionate about developing and bringing to market products, services, or solutions that improve learning and drive student success,” said Daren Coudriet, Penn State EdTech Network entrepreneur-in-residence. “We believe that there are good ideas right here in our backyard that, with support and assistance, could become the next great edtech innovation.”

Individuals can submit their “big idea” online by filling out a simple questionnaire at This year’s contest prize package will go to three winners. The first-place award is $35,000, second place will receive $7,500, and the third-place winner will receive $2,500.

You are eligible to apply to the Big Idea contest if:

  • You are located in Pennsylvania.
  • You are developing/commercializing a new, innovative “EdTech” concept or product.
  • Your company is pre-revenue or has not generated more than $500,000 in sales in either 2015 or 2016.
  • You have less than 25 employees.

For more information, contact Jill Edwards at The deadline to apply is Jan. 9, 2017.

Last Updated November 04, 2016