Internationally acclaimed high-tech workspace and community for early-stage companies

Located on the Mountaintop campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the 109,000-square-foot Ben Franklin TechVentures® incubator/post-incubator space addresses the growing need for start-up and affordable wet-lab facilities in the mid-Atlantic region.

The incubator has won two International Business Incubator of the Year awards as well as other recognition for excellence in economic development and innovative design.

The facility is uniquely situated to meet the needs of emerging technology-oriented businesses, providing hard-to-find wet lab space that is crucial in many industries including the life sciences. It is located on a major research university campus, providing ready access to staff, students, and equipment resources. Ben Franklin TechVentures is a “job creation factory” that provides comprehensive support to tech-based firms that continue to fuel regional economic growth.
LocationMountaintop Campus, Lehigh University
116 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017
Year StartedBen Franklin Business Incubator (1983)
Moved to larger building, Ben Franklin TechVentures (2007)
Ben Franklin TechVentures2 expansion opened (2011)
Examples of Successful GraduatesCICLON/Texas Instruments
Computer Aid, Inc.
OraSure Technologies
Saladax Biomedical
ContactWayne Barz, Manager
116 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Tax Benefit StatusPA Keystone Innovation Zone
Size60,000+ square feet of rentable space
Rentable Sizes 250 to 1,230 square feet
Wet Lab Space11,000+ square feet
Number of Floors Five
Ceiling Height 9.5 feet (offices), 12 feet (labs)
Nature of Space High-tech office and wet lab space
Loading Dock Yes, plus three passenger elevators and one large freight elevator with four-ton capacity
Parking 255 spaces
Handicappped Accessible Yes
Security24-hour keyless access entry system with video surveillance
Energy Conservation LEED Gold certified building with photovoltaic solar panels on roof and state-of-the-art Lutron energy management and light harvesting technologies
University Resources Access to the facilities, equipment, staff and students of Lehigh University
Conference Rooms15, with electronic scheduling; access to the Innovation Institute with 10,000+ square feet of conference, technology, and food service space for up to 300 guests
A/V Equipment Projectors, screens, plasma displays throughout building, video teleconferencing
Internet100 MPS with voicemail
Phone System VOIP system
High-Speed Copier, Fax Yes
Cable TV Yes, in conference spaces
Showers Yes (men’s and women’s)
Breakroom Two, with kitchenette and on-site deli restaurant