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  1. Ben Franklin Appoints Andre Rodriguez as Maintenance Technician

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced the appointment of Andre L. Rodriguez as Maintenance Technician. Rodriguez will be responsible for mechanical and facilities repair and maintenance at BFTP/NEP’s award-winning business incubator, Ben Franklin TechVentures. Rodriguez brings five years of experience as an electrician and maintenance mechanic in residential, commercial, and Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin Venture Idol to go virtual for Entrepreneur’s Day

    Ben Franklin Technology Partners has announced that this year’s Venture Idol competition will go on, but, like most events, this year’s competition will be virtual. Venture Idol will be offered free-of-charge and held Nov. 17, the day before a similar event, StartUp Lehigh Valley’s competition Nov. 18. Both events are being held leading up to Continue Reading…

  3. Startups to take center stage at two Lehigh Valley business events

    The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t dampened the Lehigh Valley entrepreneurial spirit. Two events — “Venture Idol” and “StartUp Lehigh Valley”— are set to be held virtually and on back-to-back days next month. Both aim to highlight and help fund startup businesses. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host its 17th annual “Venture Idol” event Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin Announces Venture Idol Start-Up Contestants

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host its 17th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:45 PM. This year’s event will be held virtually and is free-of-charge to guests. November 19 is National Entrepreneur’s Day. In celebration, leading up to that day, Ben Franklin Venture Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Virtual Venture Idol

    REGISTER NOW!  Free-of-charge to attend. Virtual event held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 5:00 – 7:45 PM Ben Franklin Venture Idol is a cross between Shark Tank® and American Idol®. After earning their way through the selection process held earlier in the month, three technology entrepreneurs will briefly pitch their start-up companies to Continue Reading…

  6. Alvernia’s O’Pake Institute joins Ben Franklin Incubator Network

    Alvernia University and the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) have collaborated to provide incubator support and potential funding to support innovative projects developed by local entrepreneurs and industry partners through the university’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. Alvernia’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship joined BFTP/NEP’s Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network. Continue Reading…

  7. Inside Pennsylvania’s Tech Renaissance

    In the early 1980s, Pennsylvania’s economy was dealing with high unemployment as major industries like steel were in severe decline. The Commonwealth needed a bridge between its struggling manufacturing economy and the technology-based economy that would carry the state forward. The state government put Pennsylvania on the trajectory to become a tech hub, and, in 1983 created Continue Reading…

  8. Ben Franklin to Invest $114,500 in the Regional Economy

    Five companies in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received a total of $114,500 in support of regional economic development. BFTP/NEP’s annual challenge grant is funding investments in two established manufacturers to apply new technology to help them succeed globally by producing better, faster, and/or at a lower cost. Ben Franklin provides 1:1 matching funding to established Continue Reading…

  1. NEPA tech firms named in most recent Ben Franklin funding round

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania picked regional tech firms to receive a part of nearly $550,000 in a recent funding round. In all 14 companies, both early-stage and established manufacturers were selected from across the state-funded agency’s 21-county footprint, and nine business incubators within its network received funding. Via NE PA Business Journal

  2. Lehigh Valley once again ranks as among best for economic development

    The Lehigh Valley is once again one of the top regions in both the Northeast and the nation when it comes to economic development activity in 2019. The Lehigh Valley was ranked as the third-best region in the Northeast, outranking such metropolitan areas as Pittsburgh and Boston, and just one project beneath second-ranked Philadelphia. Via Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Invests $210,500 in 4 Early-Stage Firms

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $210,500 in support of four early-stage, technology-based firms in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area. Investments identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project work. BFTP/NEP announces the Continue Reading…

  4. Job Opportunity: President and CEO

    Because of the interruption caused by the pandemic, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has reopened the search for its next President and CEO. Interested applicants can apply here (no phone calls, please). R. Chadwick Paul, Jr. agreed to stay on at the request of the Board of Directors as his successor is Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin iXchange Postponed to May 18, 2021

    Robert Tucker will keynote, retiring CEO Chad Paul will be honored, and 6 innovation awards will be presented. As the world innovates to recover from COVID-19 and to prepare for future crises, the Ben Franklin iXchange keynote speaker’s message, SPARK! Managing the Future, has never been more timely. Because of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, Continue Reading…

  6. BFTP investments to aid companies creating technology to fight coronavirus

    With its Return to Health Funding, Ben Franklin made “emergency investments” to respond quickly to applicants who sought funding because they had become cash-strapped during the pandemic. Some companies received support to continue to research toward advancing their businesses and technologies. Others pivoted to produce services that, while maintaining their businesses, allowed them to address the Continue Reading…

  7. BFTP Invests in Lehigh Valley Clients Affected by COVID-19

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced financial investments in multiple start-up companies and established manufacturers in Lehigh Valley, including emergency funding that will help these businesses during the economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “As we work to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that Ben Franklin’s nimble Continue Reading…

  8. BFTP Invests $404K in 17 Manufacturers with Return to Health Funding

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) announces that it has made emergency investments in 17 regional manufacturers totaling $404,370 to help these companies accelerate the recovery from the economic crisis caused by COVID-19. The funds were provided through a $1 million disbursement from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Continue Reading…