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  1. Okrepkie Wins Pennsylvania Accelerator Award

    The Pennsylvania Acceleration Project honored Ken Okrepkie, BFTP Regional Manager Pocono Northeast, with its 2017 Pennsylvania Acceleration Leader of the Year award. Acceleration Awards recognize and honor organizations and leaders that are driving technology and innovation across the Commonwealth. More: http://bit.ly/2DtmcPK 

  2. Four BFTP Clients Receive KIZ Tax Credits

    BFTP clients InnovForm Therapeutics LLC, MindMe, Inc., NextShift, and ViiHealth, Inc. will receive Southside Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone investments through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. Via LVEDC: http://bit.ly/2mxQc2c 

  3. Trade Show Feature: Custom Processing Services

    Interview: Gregg Shemanski, President and Co-founder – Via Ceramics Expo: http://bit.ly/2Eshdeb 

  4. Moving Wastewater Plant Operations into the Digital Age

    Carbondale-based Pleasant Mount Welding, with a Ben Franklin investment, will soon begin marketing a new control panel that can run municipal and industrial plants with a greater level of automation, replacing larger panels covered with multi-colored switches with compact, touch-screen versions. Via Scranton Times: http://bit.ly/2ErKyFv 

  5. Ben Franklin TechVentures West Wing Gala – Photo gallery

    Via Lehigh Valley Style, December 2017 edition. Photos by Ryan Hulvat: http://bit.ly/2CHr8ge 

  6. Xverity Hopes to Cure a Patient Care “Disconnect”

    Xverity Inc. is a 3-year-old health care company in Ben Franklin TechVentures that applies software tools, such as a mobile app, to help homebound patients receive coordinated access to services from clinical and social-care providers. Via @MCall: http://bit.ly/2lK8yvF 

  7. LifeAire Systems Installed in New St. Luke’s-Allentown Wing

    St. Luke’s University Health Network opened a 32-bed surgical wing at its Allentown campus that features an air purification system expected to reduce infections and airborne illnesses. The LifeAire Systems purification system uses an electrical current to kill bacteria, viruses and debris in the air without creating any byproducts. More Via @lvb_com:  http://bit.ly/2BqIoc0  via @mcall: Continue Reading…

  8. Lehigh Students Use Virtual Reality to Diagnose Glaucoma

    A Lehigh University Integrated Business and Engineering student team presented plans for a more portable and less expensive machine for detecting glaucoma in a Ben Franklin “Tiger Session.” A Tiger Session is a strategic planning/brainstorming meeting for Ben Franklin clients with a panel of three to five experts who are handpicked to explore a variety Continue Reading…

  1. International Business Innovation Association CEO Tours BridgeWorks

    When it comes to business incubators, manufacturing-focused programs are a rarity. President & CEO of the International Business Innovation Association, Kirstie Chadwick’s visit to BridgeWorks Enterprise Center, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network, was her first time checking one out. “The manufacturing sector in the United States is starting to grow again, Continue Reading…

  2. Grooming the Next Big Thing at BFTP: Activate Ventures

    Activate Venture Partners is a resident company at the newly-expanded TechVentures, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP)’s Bethlehem incubator. The West Wing, a 20,000-square-foot addition that opened on October 19, houses state-of-the-art offices and meeting spaces, and will support the creation of dozens of tech-based jobs. It’s the perfect place for Activate, an Continue Reading…

  3. ChannelApe Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

    ChannelApe, Scranton, won Ben Franklin Venture Idol, hosted by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP), on Tuesday evening, November 14. Venture Idol was one of the first public events held in the newly expanded Ben Franklin TechVentures® West Wing. TechVentures is the business technology incubator/post-incubator owned and managed by BFTP/NEP and located on Continue Reading…

  4. Blake Applauds BFTP Early-Stage Investments in Lackawanna County

    State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) applauded the investment of more than $170,000 by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) in regional economic development projects. The investment funding is designed to develop and grow early-stage technology-oriented companies; to help established manufacturers creatively apply new technology and business practices; and to promote an innovative Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin to Invest $471,450 in Regional Companies

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $471,450 in support of regional economic development. BFTP/NEP’s goal is to help lead northeastern Pennsylvania to a better economic future by building partnerships that develop and apply technology for competitive advantage. To achieve this goal, Ben Franklin staff Continue Reading…

  6. Early-Stage Firms Take the Stage Once Again in Venture Idol

    The stakes will be high for early-stage firms competing next week in Ben Franklin Venture idol, a contest that merges Shark Tank and American Idol-style entertainment. Via @lvb_com:  http://bit.ly/2zpqLaW 

  7. Highwood USA Expands With Hazleton Manufacturing Plant

    Highwood USA, a manufacturer of low-maintenance synthetic wood components, will be expanding its operations into Hazleton, PA. The company will create 58 jobs in Luzerne County. Highwood  purchased an existing 146,000 square-foot building in Hazleton City, with plans to move its fabrication and supply chain units to the new facility, while maintaining its 93,000 square-foot Continue Reading…

  8. Pennsylvania’s Government-Backed VC Firm Should Serve as a Model for Other States

    While the rest of the country chronicles the Rust Belt’s decline through endless analysis, entrepreneurs throughout Pennsylvania are founding some of the country’s fastest growing startups … Startups that you’d think would be found in New York or Los Angeles are choosing to remain in Pennsylvania, in large part because of the support they’ve received Continue Reading…