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  1. LifeAire Systems‘ Air Purification Technology Protecting Ben Franklin TechVentures Against COVID-19

    Ben Franklin TechVentures® has installed an air purification system that removes up to 99% of COVID-19 pathogens in a single pass through the system. These transformational and advanced air purification systems are from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania client LifeAire Systems, LLC. “With many of our clients operating as essential businesses since the Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin to Invest $150,000 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors has approved the investment of $150,000 in support of regional economic development. Three companies from BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding. BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investments, which are provided in the form of loans with warrants. Good2Go Software, LLC, Shickshinny, Luzerne County Continue Reading…

  3. Angelo Valletta Interview on iHeartRadio

    “The team doesn’t work for me; I work for the team. And the team works for our clients, constituents, and partners,” says BFTP/NEP President and CEO Angelo Valletta. Listen on iHeartRadio, Outlook, hosted by Dan Holzman, airing Sunday, June 6, 2021: 6am -WAEB-AM 790; 7am – WSAN-AM 1470; 7am – WZZO-FM 95.1; and 7am – WAEB-FM 104.1.

  4. Ben Franklin Presents iXchange; Watch Video!

    The iXchange video is posted online here. Retiring CEO Chad Paul Honored With Multiple Dedications   Dedicating a large meeting and conference room, renaming an Innovation Award, and naming a private street – all to honor R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., retiring President and CEO of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP). (photo Continue Reading…

  5. BFTP Appoints Melanie A. Kohler as Chief Technology Officer

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced the appointment of Melanie A. Kohler as Chief Technology Officer. Kohler will succeed Aaron B. Balch, who will retire on June 30, 2021. In her new role, Kohler will identify, support, and oversee the information technology (IT) infrastructure for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Continue Reading…

  6. New Ben Franklin CEO plans to “hunt” startups for Greater Reading

    You don’t have to dig very deep to find some of the qualities that made Angelo Valletta the pick to head up Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Valletta is self-motivated. He’s worked with entrepreneurs and startups throughout his career. His professional background is in technology. He’s a Pennsylvania guy, so he cares about Continue Reading…

  7. Space Available at the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center

    The Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center (BRTC), a business incubator that is owned and managed by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP), has reasonably priced office space available. The BRTC is a secure building with key card entrance, and provides resident companies with 24/7 access to the facility; internet-ready offices and wired-to-secure data Continue Reading…

  8. Ben Franklin Invests $207,200 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $207,200 in support of regional economic development. Five companies from throughout BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding. BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investments, which are provided in the form of loans with warrants.   Celebr8 Life, Inc., Continue Reading…

  1. REPORT: Ben Franklin & Clients Lifted Pa. Economy During Pandemic

    Statewide initiative helped clients create 1,309 jobs, retain 12,446 more, and generate $1.8 billion in revenue to aid recovery efforts Ben Franklin Technology Partners and its network of entrepreneurial clients played a significant role in lifting Pennsylvania’s economy and keeping people employed during the pandemic by innovating against COVID-19 and helping the state with its Continue Reading…

  2. BFTP CEO Angelo Valletta on RVN TV’s CEO Chat

    BFTP CEO Angelo Valletta appeared on RVN Live TV on  April 19 and 23, addressing Ben Franklin’s work and his vision for the regional economic development environment. The show is also available for on-demand viewing on the CEO Chat show page .

  3. Lehigh Valley Gets High Marks for its High-Tech Economy

    Lehigh Valley’s economic growth in the high-technology sector ranks among the top 10% of the largest metropolitan regions in the nation, according to a new study by the nonprofit Milken Institute. Lehigh Valley also ranked in the top third in terms of high-tech concentration in the regional economy in 2019. More via LVEDC

  4. Ken Okrepkie on Keystone Edition: Business – Capital Connections

    Ken Okrepkie, Ben Franklin Pocono Northeast Regional Manager, appeared on WVIA / PBS, as Kris Jones hosted Keystone Edition: Business – “Capital Connections.” The Thursday, April 8 episode addressed raising capital for early-stage companies, exploring angel investing, venture capital, grants, and other sources. Other guests included Jeffrey Box, President & Chief Executive Officer, Northeastern Pennsylvania Continue Reading…

  5. Thank you, retiring CEO Chad Paul!

    I write on behalf of the partners, clients, constituents, board of directors, employees, and friends served by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) to express my sincere thanks to R. Chadwick Paul, Jr. as he retires as its leader. Chad’s creativity, execution, and tenacity have been the driving forces behind Ben Franklin’s Continue Reading…

  6. Lehigh Valley’s Life Science Sector Hits a Growth Spurt

    Lehigh Valley’s life science companies not only have the manufacturing brawn but the brains working on the next life science innovation, said LVEDC President and CEO Don Cunningham, who moderated a panel discussion with three local life science executives as part of the organization’s 2021 Annual Meeting video program. “We have a history of innovation Continue Reading…

  7. Wayne Barz Selected to Lehigh Valley Business’ Power 100

    Wayne Barz, Chief Investment Officer for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, has been selected as one of Lehigh Valley Business‘ Power 100. The recognition honors leaders from the Greater Lehigh Valley who hold positions that give them the ability to shape our communities and influence our quality of life. The editorial staff of Continue Reading…

  8. Northampton County Helps Fund BFTP Return to Health Program

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania thanks Northampton County for allocating a portion of CARES Act funding to BFTP/NEP’s Return to Health Innovation program in fall 2020. This funding is being used to help support the ongoing operations of BFTP/NEP’s Northampton County clients during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Funding included support for Continue Reading…