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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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

  6. Ben Franklin to Invest $407,130 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $407,130 in support of regional economic development. Nine companies in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding. Investments identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project work. Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Appoints Andre Rodriguez as Maintenance Technician

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced the appointment of Andre L. Rodriguez as Maintenance Technician. Rodriguez will be responsible for mechanical and facilities repair and maintenance at BFTP/NEP’s award-winning business incubator, Ben Franklin TechVentures. Rodriguez brings five years of experience as an electrician and maintenance mechanic in residential, commercial, and Continue Reading…

  8. Ben Franklin Venture Idol to go virtual for Entrepreneur’s Day

    Ben Franklin Technology Partners has announced that this year’s Venture Idol competition will go on, but, like most events, this year’s competition will be virtual. Venture Idol will be offered free-of-charge and held Nov. 17, the day before a similar event, StartUp Lehigh Valley’s competition Nov. 18. Both events are being held leading up to Continue Reading…

  1. Startups to take center stage at two Lehigh Valley business events

    The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t dampened the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial spirit. Two events — “Venture Idol” and “StartUp Lehigh Valley”— are set to be held virtually and on back-to-back days next month. Both aim to highlight and help fund startup businesses. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host its 17th annual “Venture Idol” event Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Announces Venture Idol Start-Up Contestants

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host its 17th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:45 PM. This year’s event will be held virtually and is free-of-charge to guests. November 19 is National Entrepreneur’s Day. In celebration, leading up to that day, Ben Franklin Venture Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Virtual Venture Idol

    REGISTER NOW!  Free-of-charge to attend. Virtual event held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6:00 – 7:45 PM Ben Franklin Venture Idol is a cross between Shark Tank® and American Idol®. After earning their way through the selection process held earlier in the month, three technology entrepreneurs will briefly pitch their start-up companies to Continue Reading…

  4. Alvernia’s O’Pake Institute joins Ben Franklin Incubator Network

    Alvernia University and the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) have collaborated to provide incubator support and potential funding to support innovative projects developed by local entrepreneurs and industry partners through the university’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. Alvernia’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship joined BFTP/NEP’s Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. Continue Reading…

  5. Inside Pennsylvania’s Tech Renaissance

    In the early 1980s, Pennsylvania’s economy was dealing with high unemployment as major industries like steel were in severe decline. The Commonwealth needed a bridge between its struggling manufacturing economy and the technology-based economy that would carry the state forward. The state government put Pennsylvania on the trajectory to become a tech hub, and, in 1983 created Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin to Invest $114,500 in the Regional Economy

    Five companies in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received a total of $114,500 in support of regional economic development. BFTP/NEP’s annual challenge grant is funding investments in two established manufacturers to apply new technology to help them succeed globally by producing better, faster, and/or at a lower cost. Ben Franklin provides 1:1 matching funding to established Continue Reading…

  7. NEPA tech firms named in most recent Ben Franklin funding round

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania picked regional tech firms to receive a part of nearly $550,000 in a recent funding round. In all 14 companies, both early-stage and established manufacturers were selected from across the state-funded agency’s 21-county footprint, and nine business incubators within its network received funding. Via NE PA Business Journal

  8. Lehigh Valley once again ranks as among best for economic development

    The Lehigh Valley is once again one of the top regions in both the Northeast and the nation when it comes to economic development activity in 2019. The Lehigh Valley was ranked as the third-best region in the Northeast, outranking such metropolitan areas as Pittsburgh and Boston, and just one project beneath second-ranked Philadelphia. Via Continue Reading…