In this 30-minute interview, LVEDC President and CEO Don Cunningham interviews BFTP/NEP President and CEO Angelo Valletta on a wide range of topics, including the process through which BFTP/NEP decides when and how to support early-stage firms and innovative manufacturers, as well as major companies that have previously gone through Ben Franklin, such as OraSure Technologies.
The statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners network has returned $3.90 to the Pennsylvania state treasury for every $1.00 invested in the program, Valletta said. “That’s key. That’s investment. That’s why I don’t say its funding, this investment in the Bens, because we like to return that investment back in regard to the jobs.”