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  1. FLX Solutions Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

    FLX Solutions won the 19th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol, held at Ben Franklin TechVentures on November 15, 2022. FLX Solutions, a Bethlehem-based startup, created the FLX Bot, a modular, snake-like robotic arm that can be used for visual inspection and 3D mapping in spaces that are inaccessible or difficult to access. The event brought Continue Reading…

  2. Now Hiring: Regional Manager, Upper Susquehanna

    Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern PA has an opening for a Regional Manager, Upper Susquehanna. Overview To lead and direct entrepreneurial and advanced manufacturing activities in the Upper Susquehanna Region of Pennsylvania (Counties of Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, and Tioga) on behalf of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern PA. Continue Reading…

  3. Lehigh Provost Dr. Nathan Urban Appointed to Ben Franklin Board

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the appointment of Nathan Urban, Ph.D., Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lehigh University, to its board of directors. Ben Franklin Northeast has had a decades long and mutually beneficial partnership with Lehigh, and Urban will continue the good work of now-retired board Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin Northeast to receive $19+ Million over several years through PA’s Dept. of Community and Economic Development

    Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania has awarded $246.8 million in American Rescue Plan funding, through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), to local economic development partners to make direct equity investments and loans to small businesses to spur success and job creation opportunities across the commonwealth. “The dollars awarded today will help businesses Continue Reading…

  5. New Ben Franklin Award at FACTORY’s StartUp Lehigh Valley

    More than $30,000 in prize money up for grabs in 4th annual StartUp Lehigh Valley pitch competition for entrepreneurs StartUp Lehigh Valley, a pitch competition for entrepreneurs developed and hosted by Factory LLC, is back for a fourth year! This year’s competition will be held live at Factory’s headquarters in south Bethlehem broadcast and streamed live on 69 Continue Reading…

  6. Gov. Wolf Announces New Tech Jobs with Expansion of iDEAL Semiconductor

    Governor Tom Wolf announced that Ben Franklin client, iDEAL Semiconductor Devices, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, plans to expand its technology research and development and create at least 63 new, high-paying jobs in the Lehigh Valley. “This is exactly the type of project my administration is proud to invest in – it’s a big win Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin to Invest $134,750 in the Regional Economy  

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP_NEPA) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $134,750 in support of regional economic development. Three companies from BFTP_NEPA’s 21-county service area received funding. The investment identified as a continuation project indicates that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional Continue Reading…

  8. Wolf Administration: $16.4 Million in Challenge Grant Funding Approved for Ben Franklin Technology Partner Projects

    Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Acting Secretary Neil Weaver and the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA) announced today that $16.4 million in Challenge Grant funding has been approved for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the first increase in funding for the BFTDA in 13 years. “Pennsylvania’s history is filled with innovative individuals Continue Reading…

  1. Jacqueline A. Hollenbach Appointed to Ben Franklin Board 

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) has announced the appointment of Jacqueline A. Hollenbach, Vice President, Research and Development – Vascular, Teleflex, Inc., to its board of directors. Teleflex, headquartered in Wayne, PA, is a global provider of medical technologies that applies innovation around unmet clinical needs to improve people’s health and Continue Reading…

  2. American Rescue Plan Includes Essential Funding for Pa. Small Businesses

    $142 million will go toward seed- and early-stage technology companies Pennsylvania was awarded nearly $268 million in American Rescue Plan funding through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), including approximately $142 million for equity and venture capital investments. The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will distribute the new funds to eligible Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Announces 5 Investments Totaling $252,500

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP_NEPA) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $252,500 in support of regional economic development. Five companies from BFTP_NEPA’s 21-county service area received funding. Investments identified as a continuation project indicates that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project Continue Reading…

  4. BFTP CEO Presents at BIDA

    BFTP_NEPA President and CEO Angelo J. Valletta presented at the Berwick Industrial Development Association (BIDA) 60th anniversary celebration on July 12. Describing Ben Franklin’s work, Valletta cited client, OPTiMO Information Technology, Bloomsburg, which had two employees when they first received a Ben Franklin investment and now employ 100. OPTiMO is an IT consulting firm specializing Continue Reading…

  5. Inside Pennsylvania’s Tech Renaissance

    Pennsylvania played a starring role in the industrial revolution, which explains why so many people still associate the state with its industrial roots. But the entrepreneurial spirit woven into Pennsylvania’s DNA, as well as a strategic decision in the 1980s to substantially invest in tech-based economic development, has given way to a thriving tech scene that rivals Continue Reading…

  6. State Budget Includes Investments in Innovation

    The state’s 2022-23 General Fund budget provides an additional $2.5 million in funding for the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP), a statewide economic development initiative that invests in and supports high-tech entrepreneurs and startups and innovative manufacturers. Read more.

  7. Ben Franklin Appoints Dannah Hartman as Marketing Associate/Manager

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the appointment of Dannah Hartman to Marketing Associate/Manager. She will work alongside Laura Eppler, Chief Marketing Officer. Before coming to Ben Franklin, Hartman worked in various marketing and fundraising roles in the human services non-profit sector, including as Director of Marketing and Communications for Community Continue Reading…

  8. Ben Franklin Announces Expansion of Solutions Network

    BFTP_NEPA Appoints Nicholas Yarnall and Promotes JoeAnn Comunale                                 The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) distinguishes itself with its enterprise-wide support of early-stage technology firms and established manufacturers. Described as BFTP_NEPA’s “secret sauce,” The Ben Franklin Solutions Continue Reading…