new energy

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program and Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA., announce their sponsorship of the NEW Energy Idea Contest.

The grand prize of $35,000 will be awarded to either an entrepreneur or one early-stage, pre-revenue company in the process of developing a new energy or alternative energy related product/process improvement.

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection are footing the prize money along with Ben Franklin and PennTAP.

April 15, 2010 is the deadline for applications. Interested entrepreneurs can visit newenergyplan.benfranklin.org for rules, entry forms and FAQ’s

“Saving energy and alternative energy is on everyone’s mind,” said Stephen Brawley, President and CEO of Ben Franklin.

“Improvements to existing technologies, new hardware or software products that increase efficiency, new battery or fuel cell applications, engine, turbine technologies and agricultural based alternatives are all examples of the kinds of proposals we’re hoping to get from this competition. Ben Franklin is very proud to partner with the PennTAP program, as the technical assistance they provide their clients in energy related initiatives makes a huge contribution in the state.”

To qualify, contestants must have a viable, new energy/alternative energy related product or process improvement idea and cannot have received BFTP funding in the past. Additionally, applicants must be located in any one of the 32 counties in the Central and Northern Pennsylvania region.

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