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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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:  http://bit.ly/2zpqLaW 

  7. Highwood USA Expands With Hazleton Manufacturing Plant

    Highwood USA, a manufacturer of low-maintenance synthetic wood components, will be expanding its operations into Hazleton, PA. The company will create 58 jobs in Luzerne County. Highwood  purchased an existing 146,000 square-foot building in Hazleton City, with plans to move its fabrication and supply chain units to the new facility, while maintaining its 93,000 square-foot Continue Reading…

  8. Pennsylvania’s Government-Backed VC Firm Should Serve as a Model for Other States

    While the rest of the country chronicles the Rust Belt’s decline through endless analysis, entrepreneurs throughout Pennsylvania are founding some of the country’s fastest growing startups … Startups that you’d think would be found in New York or Los Angeles are choosing to remain in Pennsylvania, in large part because of the support they’ve received Continue Reading…

  1. Rea.deeming Beauty Three-peats as Fastest-Growing Regional Company

    The cosmetics manufacturer Rea.deeming Beauty Inc., Bethlehem, was named the region’s fastest growing company at Lehigh Valley Business’ Fastest Growing Companies awards ceremony for the third straight year. Also ranked are Ben Franklin clients Demco Automation; Bioscience, Inc.; and Vigon International, Inc. Via Lehigh Valley Business: http://bit.ly/2iAj2jz 

  2. Micro Interventional Devices Continues Clinical Success

    Micro Interventional Devices, Inc.™ (MID) announced the second successful implantation of its MIA (Minimally Invasive Annuloplasty) technology.  The patient was enrolled in the first arm of the STTAR (Study of Transcatheter Tricuspid Annular Repair) clinical trial studying the safety and efficacy of MID’s MIA device designed to eliminate or greatly reduce tricuspid regurgitation. More: http://prn.to/2gGlTae 

  3. Cambridge-Lee Celebrates 75th Anniversary

    Andrea Funk, chief executive officer of Cambridge-Lee Industries, addressed a crowd of more than 300, “In an era where the average life of a Fortune 500 Company is 15 years, Cambridge Lee Industries LLC is proudly celebrating its 75th anniversary of manufacturing copper tubing.” Via Berks Community Television:  http://bit.ly/2ioagVM 

  4. Xverity Posts New Company Video

    View the Xverity story from Ben Franklin client and TechVentures resident company founder Joe Cellucci: http://bit.ly/2yvsknj 

  5. Ben Franklin TechVentures West Wing Offically Open

    “Ben Franklin” joins in the celebration  R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP), officially dedicated the new West Wing of the Ben Franklin TechVentures® incubator/post-incubator facility at a ceremony Thursday afternoon, October 19. Approximately 100 business and community leaders, including elected officials, attended Continue Reading…

  6. LifeAire Systems Announces Collaboration with G-CON Manufacturing

    Combined solution provides a turnkey and cleaner cleanroom solution. LifeAire Systems and G-CON Manufacturing announced a collaboration to combine the LifeAire’s air purification technologies within G-CON cleanroom PODs for applications such as cell/tissue culture and gene and cell therapy processes which can benefit from an even higher level of air purity than typically achieved in Continue Reading…

  7. BFTP’s Okrepkie on tecBridge Radio

    BFTP Pocono Northeast Regional Manager Ken Okrepkie was featured in a podcast on 94.3 The Talker on September 30th. Okrepkie addresses business incubation and the entrepreneurial climate in Northeastern PA. Via tecBridge Radio: http://www.tecbridgepa.org/tecbridge-radio.  

  8. Vizinex RFID to Expand, Add Equipment

    Vizinex RFID, which makes radio frequency identification tags for a variety of industries, will buy new automated equipment and expand its manufacturing capabilities. The new facility in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, will provide room for growth. Via Lehigh Valley Business