Internationally acclaimed high-tech workspace and community for early-stage companies

BFTP/NEP launched the Ben Franklin Business Incubator at Lehigh University in Bethlehem soon after the statewide Ben Franklin program began in 1983. The location on a major university research campus allows resident companies ready access to the equipment, faculty, and students at Lehigh, which complement Ben Franklin’s in-house expertise and network of experts and other resources well.

In 2007, we relocated the incubator program across the street on Lehigh’s campus to Ben Franklin TechVentures, a 62,000-square-foot former Bethlehem Steel laboratory, tripling our available space. Ben Franklin TechVentures2, which opened in October 2011, was a major expansion to the original facility that increased the total space to 109,000 square feet.

To address continuing demand, we expanded and opened TechVentures West Wing in autumn of 2017. This new 20,000-square-foot addition to our business incubator provides additional, much-needed office and meeting spaces. The facility now has a total of 129,000 square feet of space for companies to start and grow.

A total of 42 firms called Ben Franklin TechVentures home in 2018, employing as many as 170 people. The expansion will allow BFTP/NEP to build on its history as a “job creation factory” by accommodating accelerating needs for incubator space that fuels economic growth.

Websitewww.bftechventures.org
LocationMountaintop Campus, Lehigh University
116 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18017
(Directions)
Year StartedBen Franklin Business Incubator (1983)
Moved to larger building, Ben Franklin TechVentures (2007)
Ben Franklin TechVentures2 expansion opened (2011)
Examples of Successful GraduatesCICLON/Texas Instruments
Computer Aid, Inc.
IQE
OraSure Technologies
Saladax Biomedical
ContactWayne Barz, Manager
116 Research Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610.758.5421
wbarz@nep.benfranklin.org
Tax Benefit StatusPA Keystone Innovation Zone
Size60,000+ square feet of rentable space
Rentable Sizes 250 to 1,230 square feet
Wet Lab Space11,000+ square feet
Number of Floors Five
Ceiling Height 9.5 feet (offices), 12 feet (labs)
Nature of Space High-tech office and wet lab space
Loading Dock Yes, plus three passenger elevators and one large freight elevator with four-ton capacity
Parking 255 spaces
Handicappped Accessible Yes
Security24-hour keyless access entry system with video surveillance
Energy Conservation LEED Gold certified building with photovoltaic solar panels on roof and state-of-the-art Lutron energy management and light harvesting technologies
University Resources Access to the facilities, equipment, staff and students of Lehigh University
Conference Rooms15, with electronic scheduling; access to the Innovation Institute with 10,000+ square feet of conference, technology, and food service space for up to 300 guests
A/V Equipment Projectors, screens, plasma displays throughout building, video teleconferencing
Internet100 MPS with voicemail
Phone System VOIP system
High-Speed Copier, Fax Yes
Cable TV Yes, in conference spaces
Showers Yes (men’s and women’s)
Breakroom Two, with kitchenette and on-site deli restaurant