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  1. PA Small Business Week

    The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) celebrates Small Business Week April 30-May 6 by highlighting the contributions of small businesses to our communities and economy. DCED, which supports the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, presents resources supporting current and future entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses. Entrepreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses bring new ideas, Continue Reading…

  2. First-Ever Regional Intercollegiate Entrepreneurial Competition

    Inaugural competition at Ben Franklin TechVentures® on April 27 taps into college rivalries and entrepreneurial spirit. Six colleges will be competing in a pitch-off in the inaugural Lehigh Valley Collegiate Business Pitch Summit at Ben Franklin TechVentures® on Thursday evening, 6:00 – 9:00 PM, April 27, 2017. Teams from Lafayette College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Creates/Retains 4,052 Jobs in 2016

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has reported that 4,052 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of its work in 2016, for a cumulative total of 44,799 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. Client companies raised an additional $38 million in follow-on funding from Continue Reading…

  4. LVstartup: How to Go From Rock Bottom to Millions of Dollars

    The April issue of LVstartup, a monthly e-newsletter about the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial scene, includes news on Ben Franklin TechVentures, the latest Ben Franklin funding round, and BFTP clients and alumni.

  5. $300K Awarded to Boost Innovation, Savings for Firms

    BFTP/NEP will invest $292,260 in support of regional economic development. One of the clients in the funding round, Spray-Tek Inc., located at Ben Franklin TechVentures, is getting $25,000 in matching funds from Ben Franklin. “We help our customers transform liquids into free-flowing powders,” said Jiten Dihora, vice president of technology for Spray-Tek. “They are used Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin to Invest $292,260 in Regional Companies

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $292,260 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…

  7. LVstartup Posts March E-newsletter

    Includes stories on BFTP news and client and alumni company news.

  8. Ben Franklin Announces iXchange Award Winners

    Winners to be Honored at May 9th iXchange Event  The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the winners of the 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 9th at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh Continue Reading…

  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