Two Awardees of the Ben Franklin TechCelerator@Carlisle by CREDC’s Startup Boot Camp are Announced!

Posted On On: April 23, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

CARLISLE On Thursday, April 16, 2015, graduates of the eight-week business mentoring program offered by Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator@Carlisle by CREDC presented their business plan concepts to a panel of local business professionals that included: Melissa McLaughlin, Director of Business Finance for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC; Tom DiClemente, CEO and Managing Partner of Gran Sasso Ventures LP; and Michael Salerno, President of AUA Capital Management.


Lancaster County based, Heritage Spirits LLC, dba Bomberger’s Distillery was awarded $7,000.  Heritage Spirits, LLC targets the super-premium spirit market through its Bomberger’s brand of blended whiskey.  Erik Wolfe, Co-Founder, Heritage Spirits LLC stated, “We’re very thankful to the team at Ben Franklin for their insight and assistance in taking our business to the next level.”


Kyle Musco and Andrew Komar, students at York College of Pennsylvania, were also awarded

$3,000 for their company Moena LLC, a tech company developing software for wireless routers which adds panels to the sides of all web pages users visit while connected to a WiFi hotspot.  Kyle Musco from Moena said, “The Ben Franklin TechCelerator mentorship was an integral part of our development and helped us build the foundation we needed to start our business venture.”


Five additional entrepreneurs made impressive final presentations to the panel of judges.  These include:  Vocal App Inc.; Elliptic Designs; Innovative X, LLC; PANSALUS Consulting, LLC; and FORAC LLC.


The Ben Franklin TechCelerator program, a partnership between Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP and the economic development arm of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber, provides designated, shared workspace and focused business support services in an incubator setting to eligible start-ups for eight-week sessions.


About Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, provides operational assistance, entrepreneurial support, and investment capital to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers for the purpose of creating and retaining jobs in Pennsylvania.  For more information, visit