Monthly Archives:
May, 2017


  1. Pik Rite Receives National Small Business Environmental Award

    The National Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs recognized BFTP alumnus client Pik Rite, Inc. as the 2017 winner of its Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award. Pik Ritedesigns and manufactures innovative, quality-built vegetable harvesters, agricultural manure spreaders, commercial waste handling and specialized vacuum tanks, dump bodies and debris collectors. The company was recognized for its accomplishments Continue Reading…

  2. Micro Interventional Devices Wins Top Cardiovascular Innovation Award

    Micro Interventional Devices, Inc™ (MID), is pleased to announce that it is the recipient of the CRT 2017 “Top Cardiovascular Innovation Award” for the company’s MIA™ technology. The MIA technology is designed to reduce annular dimensions and regurgitation during percutaneous transcatheter mitral and tricuspid repair.  The annular reduction is achieved without sutures or other intervention due Continue Reading…

  3. New Business Guide for Growth

    Concannon Miller released a new comprehensive resource guide for regional companies with information from 14 organizations including BFTP. The guide provides details on tax credits, grants, special financing, and other business services available. Download here.

  4. Lessons from Incubating Innovation #9: Beware the Old TAM SAM Scam

    BF TechVentures Manager Wayne Barz takes aim at hubristic market-size predictions, warning start-ups to start at the bottom, rather than the top. Via Keystone Edge:

  5. East Penn Manufacturing Receives Inaugural Albert Boscov Award

    East Penn is the first recipient of the Albert Boscov Economic Development Award for Berks County, presented by the Greater Reading Chamber & Economic Development Corporation. The award honors a company that demonstrates a significant investment in job creation and economic growth for Berks County. More:

  6. Arkados Acquires SolBright Renewable Energy

    Arkados R&D Conducted at Ben Franklin TechVentures BETHLEHEM, PA and CHARLSETON, SC — Arkados Group, Inc. (OTC:AKDS), a leading software developer and system integrator enabling Internet of Things (IoT) applications for commercial and industrial customers, announced it has completed the acquisition of SolBright Renewable Energy, LLC, a renewable energy design and development company based in Continue Reading…

  7. BFTP Client LAMPIRE Acquires BFTP Client H.B. Custom Media

    LAMPIRE Biological Laboratories, Inc. is a provider of human and animal blood and blood products, and other biotech products, and operates as a Critical Material Manufacturer for a number of Fortune 500 companies and their subsidiaries. More:

  8. 450+ Attend Ben Franklin iXchange

    Keynoter Dustin Garis Encourages “Revolt Against Routine” in Crazy Socks Coverage via Lehigh Valley Business, Morning Call, Reading Eagle Many guests donned crazy socks in following with the theme of Disruptive Innovation at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners iXchange, held on Tuesday evening, May 9. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) hosted Continue Reading…

  1. ParaPer4mance Wins Intercollegiate Entrepreneurial Competition

    Penn State’s ParaPer4mance Wins First-Ever Regional Intercollegiate Entrepreneurial Competition Inaugural contest at Ben Franklin TechVentures® taps into college rivalries and entrepreneurial spirit. ParaPer4mance, led by Kennith Keitt of Penn State Lehigh Valley, won an entrepreneurial pitch-off at the inaugural Lehigh Valley Collegiate Business Pitch Summit at Ben Franklin TechVentures® on Thursday evening, April 27. Loop, Continue Reading…