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  1. Pa. must do more to help tech-based entrepreneurs

    The key to keeping the sought-after, tech-based entrepreneurs here in Pennsylvania is ensuring they have access to the essential support and resources they need to bring their business ideas to life. However, a recent report by the Brookings Institution found that Pennsylvania is not doing all it can to create jobs and grow its tech-based economy. Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Venture Idol Start-Up Contestants Announced

    Crowdfunding-Style Event Scheduled for November 6 The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania  will host its sixteenth annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol on Wednesday, November 6, 5:00 – 9:00 PM. The event will be held at the Innovation Institute in Ben Franklin TechVentures®, the award-winning business technology incubator on Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus in Continue Reading…

  3. How an Innovation Economy Helps Companies Create Jobs

    Comcast Newsmakers interviews BFTP Director of Statewide Initiatives Ryan Glenn about Pennsylvania’s innovation economy and how we can avoid falling behind other states if we address challenges, as researched by The Brookings Institution. View.

  4. How Berks fits in to PA’s innovation economy

    In August, the Brookings Institute released a report looking at the state of Pennsylvania’s innovation economy, warning that the commonwealth is falling behind in the knowledge-driven economy that propels most advanced industries. The report cites the Ben Franklin Technology Partners as a “national model for technology-based economic development.” But Pennsylvania stopped investing in innovation. After Continue Reading…

  5. BFTP Board Member Jim Peters Appointed COO of Rite Aid

    Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) has appointed Ben Franklin Board Member Jim Peters as the company’s chief operating officer. Peters will lead all aspects of Rite Aid’s pharmacy and clinical strategy development and execution; health plan, health system and strategic corporate relationships; marketing and merchandising; corporate development, strategy and communications. More.  

  6. Ben Franklin is a proven resource.

    BFTP client, Catherine Bailey, Rea.deeming Beauty, Inc., manufacturer of Beautyblender, presents to the PA House of Representatives Policy and Appropriations committees on how BFTP helped her company. https://wi.st/2mlEzi0

  7. LVstartup Cites BFTP Clients

    LVEDC’s September 2019 LVstartup includes news about Ben Franklin clients/alumni CryoConcepts, LifeAire, OraSure, Polytek, Skillion, and TRuCapSol.

  8. Ben Franklin Clients Present to PA House Committees

    Three Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) clients presented on their companies and the support they received from BFTP/NEP to more than a dozen members of the Pennsylvania House Majority and Minority Policy Committees and the PA House Appropriations Committee. The event was held on Thursday, September 5 and was cohosted by Representative Continue Reading…

  1. Congressional Start-Up Day at TechVentures

    Shahri Naghshineh, Co-Founder and President of Ben Franklin TechVentures-based LBN, Inc., a  producer of novel surface preparation products, met with Megan Beste, District Director for Congresswoman Susan Wild, at Ben Franklin TechVentures. In recognition of Congressional Start-Up Day on August 21, Beste met with Ben Franklin Technology Partners clients to address questions about federal services Continue Reading…

  2. New Brookings Institution Report: PA falling behind other states on innovation

    Pennsylvania could be missing out on job and economic growth as it falls behind other states in fostering investments in innovation, according to a new, independent report by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. The study looked at spending by state and local governments, as well as businesses and universities, on research and development and Continue Reading…

  3. New Brookings Report: Examining Innovation Efforts by Competitor States and National Leaders

    The commonwealth has historically been an innovation leader, and Pennsylvania retains a stable of effective, scalable innovation assets. This includes a robust university system that generates significant R&D, as well as a set of capable technology-based economic development programs that operate across the state. However, in recent years, Pennsylvania’s innovation economy has gone flat, and Continue Reading…

  4. Brookings Institution Report: PA falling behind other states on innovation

    Pennsylvania could be missing out on job and economic growth as it falls behind other states in fostering investments in innovation, according to a recent independent report from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. The report looked at spending by state and local governments, as well as businesses and universities, on research and development and Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Appoints Anthony Durante as Manager, Entrepreneurial Support

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced the appointment of Anthony Durante as Manager of Entrepreneurial Support. In this role, Durante will manage Ben Franklin TechVentures, Ben Franklin’s award-winning, 129,000-square-foot business technology incubator. As Manager of Entrepreneurial Support, Durante will direct and develop new TechVentures incubator programs and policies that provide Continue Reading…

  6. W-B Connect Launches Business Parks Portal

    The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce through Wilkes-Barre Connect announced its new parks portal, www.theparksportal.com.The portal will serve as a one-stop shop for tenants located in business parks, and BFTP/NEP is a partner in the effort. Hanover Industrial Park, which includes Ben Franklin clients American Paper Bag and Mt. Everetts Frozen Creations, is the first Continue Reading…

  7. Lehigh Valley Bounces Back From Big Steel’s Departure

    Forbes feature about Lehigh Valley economic renaissance by Jim Vinoski cites Ben Franklin start-up/client OraSure Technologies and manufacturer clients Crayola, Just Born, Inc., C. F. Martin & Co., and Victaulic: https://bit.ly/2Y5lBNv

  8. Ben Franklin to Invest $392,200 in the Regional Economy

    Investments in 3 Early-Stage Firms and 7 Established Manufacturers The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $392,200 in support of regional economic development. Clients are early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area. Investments are identified as continuation projects indicate that the Continue Reading…