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  1. 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:

  2. Jump Start Incubator Celebrates Five Years

    Dozens of Berks County entrepreneurs who got their start in the Jump Start Incubator, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network, were among the crowd of well-wishers in Reading to celebrate the organization’s fifth-year anniversary. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  3. Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network Grows Again

    New Member: StartupLewisburg, the Bucknell University Entrepreneurs Incubator The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has expanded its incubator network once again. Already among the largest incubator networks in the U.S., the addition of StartupLewisburg, the Bucknell University Entrepreneurs Incubator, makes the network 15 members strong. StartupLewisburg is Bucknell University’s home for innovators Continue Reading…

  4. LVstartup Posts February E-newsletter

    The latest issue of LVstartup includes stories on the Ben Franklin iXchange, a blog on BFTP business incubation, and BFTP clients Saladax, Hager Biosciences, Cernostics, viihealth, and Cryoconcepts. Read more:

  5. Available Business Incubator Space in the Lehigh Valley

    The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC) is e-publishing quarterly listings of available business incubator space in the region, including Ben Franklin TechVentures® and other members of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. More via LVEDC:

  6. Ben Franklin Caps Off Year With Expansion Throughout Region

    From unveiling plans to expand its Bethlehem facility to adding four new networks to its business incubator network, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania capped off a year filled with growing investments in innovation. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  7. BFTP Presents New Annual Report

    BFTP’s long and successful experience in business incubation has been pivotal to the success of dozens of PA companies. Read about it in our new 2016 annual report, Incubating Innovation.

  8. LVEDC Releases New Economic Development Magazine

    The feature story, “Innovation Lives Here” beginning on page 19 cites Ben Franklin Technology Partners, TechVentures and client LifeAire Systems. Via LVEDC

  1. DCED Helps PA Communities Create, Retain 200,000 Jobs

    In 2016, the PA Department of Community and Economic Development implemented several programs to support Gov. Wolf’s “Jobs that Pay” priority. One of its initiatives, the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, has been responsible for creating more than 25,000 PA jobs and retaining 32,400 more. Through its Innovate in PA and annual Challenge Grant programs that Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin to Invest $180,000 in Regional Economic Development

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $180,000 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…

  3. Ben Franklin Appoints Upper Susquehanna Regional Manager

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the appointment of Frederick W. Kluck, Bloomsburg, as Regional Manager, Upper Susquehanna. Kluck replaces Larry A. Seibert, who is retiring. In his new position, Kluck will identify and support the development of start-up and early-stage technology-based firms and established manufacturers for potential Ben Franklin Technology Continue Reading…

  4. LVstartup Posts December E-newsletter

    The latest issue of LVstartup includes stories on Ben Franklin Venture Idol and BFTP clients OraSure Technologies and Arkados. Read more.

  5. Scranton’s Manufacturing and Technology Evolution

    BFTP’s Ken Okrepkie looked at the Scranton region’s manufacturing and technology sectors and then issued recommendations for adaptation and growth. He tops the list with more investment, and specifically increased access to early-stage capital. Via Northeast PA Business Journal  

  6. Play Impossible Corporation Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

    Play Impossible Corporation, Lewisburg, won Ben Franklin Venture Idol, hosted by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP), on Thursday evening, November 3. The event was held at the Innovation Institute in Ben Franklin TechVentures®, BFTP/NEP’s award-winning and LEED Gold-certified technology incubator/post-incubator on Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus. Ben Franklin Venture Idol is a Continue Reading…

  7. Southside Bethlehem KIZ Rated #1 in the Commonwealth

    At its annual meeting, PA Department of Community and Economic Development Deputy Secretary Sheri Collins ranked south Bethlehem’s Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) the best in the state. The Southside Bethlehem KIZ, one of 29 statewide, is a partnership that creates entrepreneurial opportunities and fosters innovation by aligning the combined resources of Ben Franklin, educational institutions, Continue Reading…

  8. BFTP’s Wayne Barz Featured in Small Business Survival Guide

    Five Questions With Wayne Barz, aka Techonomic Man. More via Lehigh Valley Business: