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  1. Ben Franklin Created/Retained 6,467 Jobs Last Year

    In 2020, 6,467 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) work. BFTP/NEP generated cumulative impacts of 69,604 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. “It is especially impressive that these strong northeastern Pennsylvania job impacts were generated during the Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Responds to PA FY 2021-22 Budget

    Statewide initiative continues to innovate to recovery. HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 4, 2021) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2021-22 General Fund budget would provide continued investments in innovation through $14.5 million in funding to the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP). BFTP is a statewide economic development initiative Continue Reading…

  3. Register now for free – virtual iXchange 2021

    Register now for the Ben Franklin iXchange, to be held virtually this year on Tuesday afternoon, May 18, 2021, at 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The event is free-of-charge to guests, and registration is required. The Ben Franklin’s annual iXchange is a premier business/technology event in northeastern Pennsylvania. The iXchange provides an opportunity for regional leaders Continue Reading…

  4. NEW Ben Franklin Annual Report: Innovating to Recovery

    Learn how Ben Franklin is accelerating the economic recovery by creating good jobs and innovating against COVID-19 and future crises. Read the full publication and/or download here. Request a print copy via email – info@nep.benfranklin.org

  5. Pandemic reveals flaw in ‘just-in-time’ delivery supply chain

    While it’s always been important to achieving end results in manufacturing, COVID-19 has emphasized the critical nature of solid supply chain management and practices in meeting customer and consumer needs. In a post coronavirus environment, solid partnerships, stable professional networks and reliable materials or goods sources will be worth their weight in gold. “[Companies] have been Continue Reading…

  6. Ken Okrepkie featured on TecBridge Radio

    BFTP/NEP Pocono/Northeast Regional Manager Ken Okrepkie was featured on TecBridge radio, hosted by Don Webster of TecBridge, and aired on 94.3 The Talker on Saturday, Jan. 9. Okrepkie welcomed new Ben Franklin president Angelo Valletta, highlighted BFTP’s Return to Health program, and provided an overview of the value that Ben Franklin brings to technology-based entrepreneurs Continue Reading…

  7. BFTP Remembers and Thanks Gov. Dick Thornburgh

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners honors the legacy of Governor Dick Thornburgh, who created the statewide Ben Franklin program and guided the Commonwealth and its residents toward economic prosperity and renewed opportunity. His efforts resulted in a dynamic, flexible foundation for innovation that has earned bipartisan support since its inception. That work continues today, stronger Continue Reading…

  8. Ben Franklin to Invest $250,000 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $250,000 in support of regional economic development. Four companies in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding. BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investments, which are provided in the form of loans with warrants. mXtr Automation, Williamsport, Lycoming County Continue Reading…

  1. LVEDC’s December Lehigh Valley Startup Posted

    The December 2020 issue of LVstartup, a monthly e-newsletter about entrepreneurs and startups in the Lehigh Valley, has been released. This month’s edition includes Ben Franklin Venture Idol, a blog by Chad Paul on client diversity, and news on BFTP clients UBeMe, Gilson Snow, and Ophidion. Via LVEDC. 

  2. Ben Franklin Appoints Angelo J. Valletta as President and Chief Operating Officer

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Angelo J. Valletta as President and Chief Operating Officer. Valletta will succeed R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., who will retire on March 31, 2021. In his new role, Valletta will have full operating responsibilities for the Ben Franklin Technology Continue Reading…

  3. New Angel Investor Fund Spearheaded by NEPA Alliance

    Pat Sandone is an entrepreneur who built highly successful web solutions provider and Ben Franklin client Net Driven, which employs 100, and from which he successfully exited in 2015. Sandone is among the first investors in StartUP NEPA, a new angel investor fund being spearheaded by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA). Fund organizers at the Continue Reading…

  4. Venture Idol Program Book Available Online

    This year’s Ben Franklin Venture Idol program book is available at https://bit.ly/2U8N3Xb. The program includes venture profiles of each of the seven competitors, an article, “What Has 2020 Taught Us About Start-Ups And Funding Them In 2021?” by Paul Martino, General Partner of Bullpen Capital, bios on investor panelists and emcees, a listing of regional venture Continue Reading…

  5. Thread Bioscience Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

    Thread Bioscience, Inc.  was selected as the winner of the 2020 Ben Franklin Venture Idol competition. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania hosted its 17th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol, held virtually this year, on Tuesday evening, November 17. More than 200 guests attended free-of-charge. Thread Bioscience, Bethlehem, is poised to disrupt the Continue Reading…

  6. Finalists Selected: Ben Franklin Virtual Venture Idol

    Program Book Preview Available  Rocket Cloud, Inc.; studio BE Mindfulness, LLC; and Thread Bioscience, Inc. were selected as the three finalists for the 2020 Ben Franklin Venture Idol competition by a panel of experienced private investors. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host its 17th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol on Tuesday Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Virtual Venture Idol Nov. 17, Free to Attend

    Crowdfunding-Style Event Celebrating National Entrepreneur’s Day The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host its 17th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:45 PM. This year’s event will be held virtually and is offered free-of-charge; register at https://ventureidol.ticketmambo.com/. November 19 is National Entrepreneur’s Day. In celebration, Continue Reading…

  8. Lehigh Valley’s Life Sciences Sector Continues to Thrive

    Lehigh Valley’s vibrant life sciences sector has been stepping up to the challenge created by the continuing COVID-19 crisis, with companies including Ben Franklin clients OraSure Technologies, Skillion, Inc., and Saladax Biomedical taking steps to fight the coronavirus and other deadly diseases. Via LVEDC