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In this Newsletter:

  1. Innovation Erie Announces 2015 Winners
  2. Ben Franklin Supports Six Local Startups
  3. Attorney Adam Williams Gives Talk on Networked Economies
  4. Only hours left to nominate your favorite startups, founders, and entrepreneur champions for the Disrupt Erie Awards

Innovation Erie Announces 2015 Winners on Gallery Night

 
The winners of the 2015 Innovation Erie Design Competition were announced on Friday September 25th at the Erie Art Museum. The Grand Prize winner of the 2015 Innovation Erie design competition is founder Emily Mobilia with Tab Togz! Tab Togz is a novel design application that allows users to personally brand, reserve, and mark their open drink containers.Tag Togz received $2,000 in cash and in-kind prizes that include residency at the Erie Technology Incubator, advertising support from PAPA advertising, access to MacDonald Illig intellectual property attorneys, and management support from the NWIRC. 

Other winners include Cherie Harger, Creator of "Map Heads"; Denys Fedorchenko, Inventor of Khonsu's "Easy Tent" (client of Erie Technology Incubator and former winner at Erie Collegiate Innovation Showcase); and Lisa Van Riper founder of Humble Elephant with her product, the laser engraved rolling pins. And last but not least, the public choice winner was founder Harry Zmijewski with Scissor Gun! Congrats to all! 

 

Ben Franklin Supports Six Erie Based Startups  


On September 16th, Ben Franklin Technology Partners announced that it has invested close to $1 Million in Pennsylvania based startups. Six companies in Erie received support from Ben Franklin! Among those companies were AcousticSheep, ApexDrop Influence Marketing, RendrFX, TM Filtration, and Code Kit PRO. Visit Ben Franklin's website to learn more about their available support opportunities. 
 

Adam Williams Speaks to Networked Economies and Collaboration at Entrepreneur Meetup

 
On Monday, Attorney Adam Williams gave a talk to nearly fifty people at the Innovation Collaborative monthly entrepreneur meetup. Adam discussed how collaboration among local businesses can create a regional competitive advantage. He used the example of Erie's microbreweries, who have historically shared resources and information to empower their collective success. It is true! Collaboration is the key to our competitiveness!

Check out some additional reading about networked economies: 
Entrepreneurship in Erie
 
Entrepreneurship has received a lot of press this past year in local media outlets. Here are some of our favorite stories: 
Innovation Collaborative Presents - The Disrupt Erie Awards 
 

Just a few more hours left to nominate your favorite local founders for the Disrupt Erie awards! 

Upcoming Events

Blasco IdeaLab launches numerous events for innovators

 
-IdeaShare for Entrepreneurs
-Introduction to Coding Basics
-Meetups for Makers
-And many more ... 

For more information on the full list of IdeaLab programming, head over to the Library's Facebook page.
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