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  1. Collegiate entrepreneurs to pitch at BFTP/LVTech competition

    BFTP/NEP and LVTech have joined forces once again to host an event to help college students who are potential entrepreneurs practice their business pitches. The Lehigh Valley Innovation and Collegiate Business Pitch Summit, to be held April 25 at Ben Franklin TechVentures, is in its third year and is being expanded to include displays of Continue Reading…

  2. Without funding innovation, we risk falling behind

    Gilson Snow designs snowboard and ski bases in an innovative and proprietary way to provide an enhanced and unique “feel” on the mountain. The company worked with BFTP to complete manufacturing improvements and expand sales and marketing efforts. “Ben Franklin did more than invest in our success; they surrounded us with internal and external experts Continue Reading…

  3. Lehigh Valley’s first Net Zero building

    The Sustainable Energy Fund, whose board chairman is BFTP Lehigh Valley regional manager Bob Thomson, broke ground on its new $5.4 million headquarters. The new HQ is believed to be the Lehigh Valley’s first net-zero building and the second commercially viable net zero office building in the country. Via Lehigh Valley Business: https://bit.ly/2WL5cJR; Via Morning Call: https://bit.ly/2K9vDr6

  4. Ben Franklin funding is essential to economic growth in Pa.

    Effort Foundry has been a supplier of high-integrity steel castings to a wide spectrum of industries for more than 40 years. We would, however, not be where we are today without the help of Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Pennsylvania’s powerful job creation and high-tech economic development engine. Without Ben Franklin’s support, we have no doubt Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin to Invest $210,000 in Manufacturing Innovation

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors has approved the investment of $210,000 in manufacturers to support regional economic development. Ben Franklin provides 1:1 matching funding for work with a college or university partner on technology-based manufacturing innovation. Investments identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is Continue Reading…

  6. Made Possible in Lehigh Valley

    Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation has unveiled its new “Made Possible in Lehigh Valley” branding video, highlighting the innovation, determination, and work ethic of the region.

  7. Seth Mattison will keynote on The War At Work at the Ben Franklin iXchange.

    On-Line registration for the May 21st iXchange is open. We have the most diverse workforce in U.S. history, with five generations at work. While workers of different ages are pretty much looking for the same things – meaningful contribution, advancement opportunities, and compensation for a job well done – they can have very different ideas Continue Reading…

  8. BFTP Testifies before Senate Appropriations Committee as Proposed Budget Keeps Funding at Historically Low Levels

    The four CEOs of Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ statewide network testified today before the state Senate Appropriations Committee and cautioned that the 2019-20 draft budget plan that keeps funding at historic lows represents a disinvestment in Pennsylvania’s economic growth at a time when other states are stepping up investments. View testimony HERE. Since 2007-08, “Challenge Continue Reading…

  1. Ben Franklin Technology Partners Testify Before Senate Appropriations Committee as Proposed Budget Keeps Funding at Historically Low Levels

    The four CEOs of Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ statewide network testified today before the state Senate Appropriations Committee and cautioned that the 2019-20 draft budget plan that keeps funding at historic lows represents a disinvestment in Pennsylvania’s economic growth at a time when other states are stepping up investments.

  2. Ben Franklin Technology Partners to Appear Before PA Senate Appropriations Committee

    3:00 PM, Wednesday, March 6, live-streamed: https://www.pasenategop.com/ The Ben Franklin Technology Partners (Ben Franklin) Pennsylvania statewide network will present before the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee regarding the proposed 2019-2020 Pennsylvania budget at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, March 6, live-streamed here: https://www.pasenategop.com/. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania is one of four Ben Franklins Continue Reading…

  3. Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Map Highlights Regional Resources for Start-ups

    A new, interactive map has been launched by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation that highlights organizations, initiatives, and resources available in the Lehigh Valley to entrepreneurs and start-up companies. https://bit.ly/2GMlr5C

  4. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania Creates/Retains 5,968 Jobs in 2018

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has reported that 5,968 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of its work in 2018, for a cumulative total of 55,864 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. Client companies raised an additional $62.9 million in follow-on funding from Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Tech Partners asks for more state funding

    The state budget proposed by Gov. Wolf continues funding of $14.5 million per year for Ben Franklin’s four-center statewide network, the same budget it’s been working with since 2007 when BFTP’s statewide budget was nearly halved from its previous allotment. Via Lehigh Valley Business; News Release

  6. Proposed Budget Perpetuates Reduced Funding Levels for Ben Franklin

    Funding has dropped nearly 50 percent, from $28 million to $14.5 million, since 2007-08, even as neighboring states compete more, invest more HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 5, 2019) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed 2019-20 General Fund budget would continue to fund Ben Franklin Technology Partners at the reduced level of $14.5 million. The appropriation is about Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Announces iXchange Award Winners

    Register Now – Early registration discount, $75, until May 7, $95 thereafter. Register on-line at http://sites.ennect.com/e6908 or contact the Ben Franklin Technology Partners at 610-758-5200 or iXchange@nep.benfranklin.org. Hot hors d’oeuvres and dessert will be served; a cash bar will be available. A nationally known speaker will present the keynote. Ben Franklin has announced the winners of Continue Reading…

  8. Glenn Discusses Statewide BFTP on Harrisburg Program

    BFTP Director of Statewide Initiatives Ryan Glenn was interviewed on January 24 on Smart Talk, a Harrisburg-based, daily live interactive program featuring conversations with newsmakers. Glenn discussed Ben Franklin’s work and funding challenges: https://bit.ly/2RthZOg