1. Lessons from Incubating Innovation #9: Beware the Old TAM SAM Scam

    BF TechVentures Manager Wayne Barz takes aim at hubristic market-size predictions, warning start-ups to start at the bottom, rather than the top. Via Keystone Edge:

  2. East Penn Manufacturing Receives Inaugural Albert Boscov Award

    East Penn is the first recipient of the Albert Boscov Economic Development Award for Berks County, presented by the Greater Reading Chamber & Economic Development Corporation. The award honors a company that demonstrates a significant investment in job creation and economic growth for Berks County. More:

  3. Arkados Acquires SolBright Renewable Energy

    Arkados R&D Conducted at Ben Franklin TechVentures BETHLEHEM, PA and CHARLSETON, SC — Arkados Group, Inc. (OTC:AKDS), a leading software developer and system integrator enabling Internet of Things (IoT) applications for commercial and industrial customers, announced it has completed the acquisition of SolBright Renewable Energy, LLC, a renewable energy design and development company based in Continue Reading…

  4. BFTP Client LAMPIRE Acquires BFTP Client H.B. Custom Media

    LAMPIRE Biological Laboratories, Inc. is a provider of human and animal blood and blood products, and other biotech products, and operates as a Critical Material Manufacturer for a number of Fortune 500 companies and their subsidiaries. More:

  5. 450+ Attend Ben Franklin iXchange

    Keynoter Dustin Garis Encourages “Revolt Against Routine” in Crazy Socks Coverage via Lehigh Valley Business, Morning Call, Reading Eagle Many guests donned crazy socks in following with the theme of Disruptive Innovation at the Ben Franklin Technology Partners iXchange, held on Tuesday evening, May 9. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) hosted Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin iXchange: We want your feedback!

    If you attended the Ben Franklin Technology Partners iXchange, on May 9, we welcome your feedback. Please complete a brief post-event survey at so that we can continue to improve our event.

  7. ParaPer4mance Wins Intercollegiate Entrepreneurial Competition

    Penn State’s ParaPer4mance Wins First-Ever Regional Intercollegiate Entrepreneurial Competition Inaugural contest at Ben Franklin TechVentures® taps into college rivalries and entrepreneurial spirit. ParaPer4mance, led by Kennith Keitt of Penn State Lehigh Valley, won an entrepreneurial pitch-off at the inaugural Lehigh Valley Collegiate Business Pitch Summit at Ben Franklin TechVentures® on Thursday evening, April 27. Loop, Continue Reading…

  8. Supporting Early-Stage Technology Companies

    PA DCED Deputy Secretary Sheri Collins blogs at #PAProud: We know that technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship often go together, and we have worked hard to create an environment and business climate that supports startup companies. More:

  1. NBC News Story Focuses on Manufacturing in Lehigh Valley

    NBC10 of Philadelphia visited Bethlehem for a story about the regional manufacturing sector, which is currently the top economic sector in the Lehigh Valley, generating $5.56 billion, or 15 percent, of the region’s $37 billion overall gross domestic product. BFTP client OraSure Technologies was featured. Via LVEDC and NBC10:

  2. Puritan Products Acquired by Avantor

    Global specialty chemical company Avantor Performance Materials has acquired Ben Franklin client Puritan Products Inc., a Bethlehem-based chemical blending business. Via Morning Call:

  3. Ben Franklin TechVentures Graduates Two Successful Companies

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) announces the graduation of two client companies from Ben Franklin TechVentures®, the business incubator/post-incubator that it owns and manages. Orbweaver Sourcing, LLC, is relocating to a facility in downtown Bethlehem that is five times the size of its current space, and Sunbound Technology is moving to Continue Reading…

  4. 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…

  5. Bazzini Nuts is Oldest Nut Company in U.S.

    Bazzini Nuts started in Lower Manhattan and moved to Allentown in 2011. The company produces, packages, and ships nuts — including 3 million pounds of peanuts a year. Via WFMZ -TV69

  6. 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…

  7. Economic Developers Gear Up for Successful Start-ups in Business Incubators

    Northeastern Pennsylvania’s incubator network has been blossoming these last few years at an accelerated pace. They are all connected through the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Via Times-Tribune news:

  8. Bio Med Sciences Mask in Fight Against Acid Attacks

    Natalia was a beautiful, successful young businesswoman, until the day a complete stranger threw acid in her face. It happened in Colombia, which has more acid attacks on women, per capita, than anywhere else. There used to be no laws against it. Natalia recovered by wearing a special mask made by BFTP client Bio Med Continue Reading…