The Ben Franklin TechCelerator gives you everything you need to make your dream of business ownership come true. Get access to important resources such as affordable office space for rent and mentoring and guidance from small business experts. You also get assistance in locating start up business funding Central PA entrepreneurs often need in order to cover expenses. Additionally, you can take advantage of the various tax credit programs for start ups.
Our entrepreneurial program is designed for aspiring business owners seeking to bring a technology-based business concept to life. You’ll have access to a designated workspace in a shared environment where you can bond with other like-minded entrepreneurs.
Through weekly group sessions you will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to move your business forward, including identifying your market, articulating your business plan, obtaining financing and marketing your business idea. You will benefit from one-on-one mentoring from successful business owners who are eager to show you the way.
Our incubator program consists of a three-step process that provides needed stability to start-ups. Through two-way communication with our Executive Director and Client Committee, you’ll be able to identify what is needed to take your business idea to the next step.
Whether yours is a one-person operation or you plan to start with a few employees, our program includes office space for rent at the Murata Business Center in Carlisle, PA. Available space can range from 250 to close to 2,000 square feet.
As a fledgling enterprise, you may be eligible to participate in the variety of tax credit programs for start ups in Central PA that can help you jump start your business. The BF TechCelerator is located in a Keystone Innovation Zone, and KIZ companies may qualify to receive a tax credit of up to $100,000 on an annual basis. Tax credits are also available for “angel investors” which can encourage this potentially lucrative financing source to invest in your business idea.