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8-Week Accelerator

NWPA's Accelerator Program

In partnership with Gannon University's College of Engineering and Business and the Small Business Development Center and with the support from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, ETI offered a highly focused, 8-week Technology Business Accelerator from September 2014- October 2016.  We are currently working with prospective partners to bring this program back to Northwestern Pennsylvania in 2017, so please bookmark our home page www.ErieTech.org and check back for updates.


Throughout the 8-week period, entrepreneurs develop and refine a short “pitch” that will communicate their business’ key selling points. Then, on the final day (April 7, 2016), participants will present their pitches to a panel of business judges, and one winning pitch will receive a $10,000 grant to further develop their business!

To be considered for the Technology Business Accelerator course, entrepreneurs should first be considering or currently developing a technology-enabled business. Eligible businesses include those that rely on proprietary technology (such as intellectual property), or businesses that utilize technology solutions to grow (as an example, many startups leverage the internet as part of their core product or service offering). If you’re not sure whether you qualify, just contact us (phone: 814.459.6110; e-mail: Parnell001@Gannon.edu) and we’ll be happy to assist you.

You will then need to complete the online application below, provide additional information as requested, complete an in-person interview, and be approved by the TBA screening committee.

Our fifth Accelerator course takes place from February 17 - April 7, 2016 and will include up to 15 entrepreneurial businesses/business concepts. Please click here to view more details about our schedule and to apply.