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  1. Economic Diversity in NE PA

    A technical diversity among businesses that helped protect the region from many of the crippling effects of the Great Recession still exists within NEPA, according to Ken Okrepkie, regional manager with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Via NE PA Business Journal: 

  2. Viddler Selected by Nation’s Largest NP Healthcare Provider

    Viddler Inc. announced the addition of Ascension, the world’s largest Catholic Healthcare provider and the largest non profit healthcare provider in the US, to its client roster. Ascension recently completed implementation of Viddler Training Suite to provide a secure video-based platform for enabling employee engagement, connection, sharing, and community for associates in Ascension’s 2,500 locations. More: Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Announces iXchange Innovation Award Winners

    Winners to be Honored at May 22nd iXchange Event  The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the winners of its annual 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 22 at the Zoellner Arts Center at Continue Reading…

  4. Altitude COO Cites Work with BFTP, Clients

    In an executive profile, Altitude Marketing COO Gwen Shields cites her engineering background and how it fits well with her firm’s work with BFTP and its clients. Via Lehigh Valley Business: 

  5. Ben Franklin Announces Job Impacts

    Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ work in 2017 resulted in the creation or retention of 5,097 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs, for a cumulative total of 49,896 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. Client companies raised an additional $34.5 million in follow-on funding from angel investors, venture capitalists, and other investors in 2017, for Continue Reading…

  6. iXchange Registration Now Open!

    Please click here or below for more information or to register.

  7. Startups at Bridgeworks Enterprise Center Continue Growth in 2017

    The Allentown-based Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, which is a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network, announced that its 10 resident companies earned more than $4.63 million in revenue in 2017, a 4.6 percent increase over last year. Collectively the firms employ 28 full-time employees and another 46 people as either part-time or contracted employees, Continue Reading…

  8. Okrepkie Wins Pennsylvania Accelerator Award

    The Pennsylvania Acceleration Project honored Ken Okrepkie, BFTP Regional Manager Pocono Northeast, with its 2017 Pennsylvania Acceleration Leader of the Year award. Acceleration Awards recognize and honor organizations and leaders that are driving technology and innovation across the Commonwealth. More: 

  1. Ben Franklin TechVentures West Wing Gala – Photo gallery

    Via Lehigh Valley Style, December 2017 edition. Photos by Ryan Hulvat: 

  2. Lehigh Students Use Virtual Reality to Diagnose Glaucoma

    A Lehigh University Integrated Business and Engineering student team presented plans for a more portable and less expensive machine for detecting glaucoma in a Ben Franklin “Tiger Session.” A Tiger Session is a strategic planning/brainstorming meeting for Ben Franklin clients with a panel of three to five experts who are handpicked to explore a variety Continue Reading…

  3. International Business Innovation Association CEO Tours BridgeWorks

    When it comes to business incubators, manufacturing-focused programs are a rarity. President & CEO of the International Business Innovation Association, Kirstie Chadwick’s visit to BridgeWorks Enterprise Center, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network, was her first time checking one out. “The manufacturing sector in the United States is starting to grow again, Continue Reading…

  4. Grooming the Next Big Thing at BFTP: Activate Ventures

    Activate Venture Partners is a resident company at the newly-expanded TechVentures, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP)’s Bethlehem incubator. The West Wing, a 20,000-square-foot addition that opened on October 19, houses state-of-the-art offices and meeting spaces, and will support the creation of dozens of tech-based jobs. It’s the perfect place for Activate, an Continue Reading…

  5. ChannelApe Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

    ChannelApe, Scranton, won Ben Franklin Venture Idol, hosted by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP), on Tuesday evening, November 14. Venture Idol was one of the first public events held in the newly expanded Ben Franklin TechVentures® West Wing. TechVentures is the business technology incubator/post-incubator owned and managed by BFTP/NEP and located on Continue Reading…

  6. Blake Applauds BFTP Early-Stage Investments in Lackawanna County

    State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) applauded the investment of more than $170,000 by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) in regional economic development projects. The investment funding is designed to develop and grow early-stage technology-oriented companies; to help established manufacturers creatively apply new technology and business practices; and to promote an innovative Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin to Invest $471,450 in Regional Companies

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $471,450 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…

  8. Early-Stage Firms Take the Stage Once Again in Venture Idol

    The stakes will be high for early-stage firms competing next week in Ben Franklin Venture idol, a contest that merges Shark Tank and American Idol-style entertainment. Via @lvb_com: