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  1. 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: http://bit.ly/2qdm8YQ

  2. 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…

  3. Ben Franklin iXchange: We want your feedback!

    If you attended the Ben Franklin Technology Partners iXchange, on May 9, we welcome your feedback. Please complete a brief post-event survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/iXchange2017 so that we can continue to improve our event.

  4. 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…

  5. Supporting Early-Stage Technology Companies

    PA DCED Deputy Secretary Sheri Collins blogs at #PAProud: We know that technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship often go together, and we have worked hard to create an environment and business climate that supports startup companies. More: http://bit.ly/2q6LTv5

  6. NBC News Story Focuses on Manufacturing in Lehigh Valley

    NBC10 of Philadelphia visited Bethlehem for a story about the regional manufacturing sector, which is currently the top economic sector in the Lehigh Valley, generating $5.56 billion, or 15 percent, of the region’s $37 billion overall gross domestic product. BFTP client OraSure Technologies was featured. Via LVEDC and NBC10: http://bit.ly/2pwJr3P

  7. Ben Franklin TechVentures Graduates Two Successful Companies

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) announces the graduation of two client companies from Ben Franklin TechVentures®, the business incubator/post-incubator that it owns and manages. Orbweaver Sourcing, LLC, is relocating to a facility in downtown Bethlehem that is five times the size of its current space, and Sunbound Technology is moving to Continue Reading…

  8. PA Small Business Week

    The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) celebrates Small Business Week April 30-May 6 by highlighting the contributions of small businesses to our communities and economy. DCED, which supports the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, presents resources supporting current and future entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. Entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses bring new ideas, Continue Reading…

  1. First-Ever Regional Intercollegiate Entrepreneurial Competition

    Inaugural competition at Ben Franklin TechVentures® on April 27 taps into college rivalries and entrepreneurial spirit. Six colleges will be competing in a pitch-off in the inaugural Lehigh Valley Collegiate Business Pitch Summit at Ben Franklin TechVentures® on Thursday evening, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, April 27, 2017. Teams from Lafayette College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Creates/Retains 4,052 Jobs in 2016

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has reported that 4,052 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of its work in 2016, for a cumulative total of 44,799 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. Client companies raised an additional $38 million in follow-on funding from Continue Reading…

  3. LVstartup: How to Go From Rock Bottom to Millions of Dollars

    The April issue of LVstartup, a monthly e-newsletter about the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial scene, includes news on Ben Franklin TechVentures, the latest Ben Franklin funding round, and BFTP clients and alumni.  http://bit.ly/2p6jKCS

  4. $300K Awarded to Boost Innovation, Savings for Firms

    BFTP/NEP will invest $292,260 in support of regional economic development. One of the clients in the funding round, Spray-Tek Inc., located at Ben Franklin TechVentures, is getting $25,000 in matching funds from Ben Franklin. “We help our customers transform liquids into free-flowing powders,” said Jiten Dihora, vice president of technology for Spray-Tek. “They are used Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin to Invest $292,260 in Regional Companies

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $292,260 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. LVstartup Posts March E-newsletter

    Includes stories on BFTP news and client and alumni company news. http://bit.ly/2mOf0Bw

  7. Ben Franklin Announces iXchange Award Winners

    Winners to be Honored at May 9th iXchange Event  The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the winners of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards. Winners will be honored at the Ben Franklin iXchange event, which will be held at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 9th at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh Continue Reading…

  8. Could New York Tech Company’s move to Allentown Signal a Trend?

    “They need access to talent, manageable costs and capital, and they can get all of that there in Allentown,” said Wayne Barz, Ben Franklin Manager of Entrepreneurial Services. “If they’re successful, others will come. That’s how this usually works. A lot will be riding on their success.” Via Morning Call: http://bit.ly/2lCLQbc