Ben Franklin TechVentures2, dedicated on October 20, 2011, is a 47,000 square-foot expansion to the original Ben Franklin TechVentures business technology incubator/post-incubator facility. The facility improves Ben Franklin’s ability to provide resources, workspace, and hands-on support to early-stage technology companies, and generate new jobs during the economic recovery. Ben Franklin TechVentures2 includes wet labs, office/meeting space, and a parking garage. The addition earned Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. It has a photovoltaic solar array on its rooftop and the latest energy management and light-harvesting technologies manufactured by Coopersburg, PA-based Lutron Electronics integrated throughout. It won first-place national honors in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 ENERGY STAR Challenge.
Ben Franklin TechVentures was selected as one of “10 Startup Incubators You Need to Watch” by Inc.com and was recognized by the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association as a Project of the Year for demonstrating outstanding accomplishment in economic development. The Ben Franklin Business Incubator was twice named National Business Incubator of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association.