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  1. BFTP Announces 6 Innovation Award Winners

    Winners to be Honored at May 12th iXchange  The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the winners of its annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards. Winners will be honored at the Ben Franklin iXchange event, which will be held at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, May 12 at the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin of NE PA Creates/Retains 7,273 Jobs in 2019

    In 2019, 7,273 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) work. BFTP/NEP generated cumulative impacts of 63,137 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. “These strong northeastern Pennsylvania job impacts support the findings of an independent study conducted by Continue Reading…

  3. PBS39 Feature on Retiring Chad Paul

    Hostess Monica Evans interviews Chad Paul, President and CEO of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, on PBS39 Community Corner – https://bit.ly/2tQlbgT.

  4. Ben Franklin to Invest $251,800 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $251,800 in support of regional economic development. Clients are an early-stage, technology-based firm and seven established manufacturers in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area. BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investment. Gilson Snow, Inc.  Winfield, Snyder County Ben Franklin Investment: Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Technology Partners are economic heroes, one job at a time

    “… an organization that has helped boost entrepreneurship and business in Berks County and beyond has been the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The initiative supports fledgling enterprises at their most vulnerable point — the early stages of commercialization and market development — and provides vital support services that clients cite as being Continue Reading…

  6. Chad Paul to Retire – Reading Eagle

    Feature via Reading Eagle Business Weekly.

  7. Chad Paul to retire – WFMZ-TV69

    Interview via WFMZ-TV69

  8. Governor’s 2020-21 Budget Proposes $5 Million Increase for Ben Franklin

    Smart investments in innovation, high-tech development fuel Pa.’s economy Gov. Tom Wolf announced that his proposed 2020-21 General Fund budget will include a $5 million increase for the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners initiative, one of the most widely known and emulated state technology-based economic development Continue Reading…

  1. Robert Tucker to keynote iXchange: SPARK! Managing the Future

    Often described as “America’s innovation coach,” Robert B. Tucker helps leaders spark innovative thinking in themselves and their teams using some surprisingly simple yet powerful concepts. Tucker bases his content on more than 20 years of research and real-world coaching experience to help leaders develop the mindset, toolset, and skillset of the innovator — necessary qualities Continue Reading…

  2. BFTP Job Opportunity: President and CEO

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania seeks a candidate to be its next President and Chief Executive Officer. This Bethlehem, PA-based, 20-person non-profit organization is Pennsylvania’s technology-based economic development organization serving the 21 counties that comprise the northeast third of Pennsylvania. Headquartered on the Mountaintop Campus of Lehigh University, Ben Franklin invests PA Continue Reading…

  3. Chad Paul to Retire as President and CEO of Ben Franklin NE PA

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has announced the retirement of R. Chadwick Paul, Jr. as President and Chief Executive Officer. Paul has served since 2002 and will retire effective July 1, 2020. During Paul’s 18-year tenure as President and CEO, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Pennsylvania network has Continue Reading…

  4. BFTP Job Opportunity: Regional Manager, Greater Lehigh Valley

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP) invites applications for the position of Regional Manager, Greater Lehigh Valley. The successful candidate will lead and direct BFTP’s entrepreneurial and advanced manufacturing activities in the Greater Lehigh Valley region (Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton counties). The Regional Manager will establish and maintain contact with innovative Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Clients Cited in New York Times Story

    A January New York Times article cites Ben Franklin Technology Partners clients/alumni OraSure Technologies, Just Born, and Freshpet as examples of the manufacturing sector that helped lead the Lehigh Valley economic renaissance.

  6. Scranton focus: A booming business climate

    Incubators and investment – On the industrial front, three themes are quietly dominating the headlines in the Greater Scranton area, according to Ken Okrepkie, regional manager with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners. These involve business incubator success, availability of venture capital if a company agrees to stay in the region and a wave of private investment. Continue Reading…

  7. Apis Innovation Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

     “Ask yourself: what would you want to invest in?” “Keep investors informed, and be transparent on both positive developments and problems in your start-up.” “Investors are selecting you as a management team, so be ready to push back as the experts in your business.” Four Ben Franklin portfolio companies who participated in previous Venture Idol Continue Reading…

  8. The State of Innovation: Generating Ideas to Grow PA

    Pennsylvania’s once trailblazing innovation economy has grown stagnant, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution. To combat this downward trend, nearly 150 business and civic leaders from around the Commonwealth attended a Grow PA event at Penn State Harrisburg, which included a presentation by BFTP/NEP’s Ken Okrepkie, to spark ideas to jumpstart innovation once Continue Reading…