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  1. 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…

  2. 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

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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

  6. BFTP’s Okrepkie and other local experts discuss Wilkes-Barre’s economy

    Ben Franklin Pocono Northeast Regional Manager Ken Okrepkie cites importance of tech firms, entrepreneurship, and business incubation, with collaboration among economic development organizations, as key to region’s past and future successes. Via NE PA Business Journal: https://bit.ly/2B7yLNo

  7. BB&T Invests in Ben Franklin Clients

    Connie Faylor, Ben Franklin Technology Partners Regional Manager, Greater Reading/Berks and Schuylkill, accepts a $10,000 check from the BB&T Economic Growth Fund of Berks County Community Foundation from David Roland, Market President, Berks/Schuylkill/Northern Montgomery Counties, BB&T. The funds will be used to invest in regional technology-based companies that create and retain highly paid, sustainable jobs.

  8. LVEDC has released its January 2019 LVstartup

    This month’s issue includes stories on Ben Franklin economic impacts and client successes. https://bit.ly/2VXPJqm

  1. Ben Franklin Technology Partners Brings Victories

    One organization we consistently hear from is the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, an investor in the region’s technology sectors since 1983. Despite having its state funding cut by more than half in the past 10 years, it has continued to bankroll companies in Berks County and the surrounding region. Every one of Continue Reading…

  2. How Marketers Attract and Retain Attention

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners iXchange 2018 event featured digital distraction expert Curt Steinhorst as the keynote speaker. Having spent years studying the impact of technology on human behavior, Steinhorst equips professionals around the world to work smarter and stronger in this constantly connected age. See his insights on how marketers attract and maintain the Continue Reading…

  3. Study: Ben Franklin Grew Pa.’s Economy by $4.1 Billion, Created 11,407 Jobs from 2012 to 2016

    Challenges remain because of state funding shortfalls. With a focus on startups and innovation, Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) remains a powerful job creation and high-tech economic development engine for Pennsylvania, according to the latest independent economic analysis of the organization. But state funding shortfalls are starting to curtail the partners’ ability to fund companies Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin to Invest $220,000 in Regional Economy

    Ben Franklin to Invest $220,000 in Regional Economy  Investments in 2 Early-Stage Technology Firms and 5 Established Manufacturers  The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $220,000 in support of regional economic development. BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investments that are provided in the form Continue Reading…

  5. BFTP Honors and Remembers Frederick J. Beste III

    The longest-serving board member of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania passed away on December 8, 2018. Frederick J. Beste III served more than 30 years in multiple board roles including several times as chairman. He was appointed to serve on Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority Board and volunteered and advocated tirelessly Continue Reading…

  6. Economic Effort Needs More Funds

    Development funding crucial for Pennsylvania’s prospects. Via Reading Eagle: https://bit.ly/2E7Dq4b

  7. Ben Franklin to Invest $486,250 in Northeastern PA Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $486,250 in support of regional economic development. BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investments that are provided in the form of loans with warrants. HootBoard, https://www.hootboard.com/, Ben Franklin TechVentures Bethlehem, Northampton County Ben Franklin Investment: $100,000 Complete efforts to Continue Reading…

  8. Signallamp Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

    Signallamp Health, Scranton, won Ben Franklin Venture Idol, hosted by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP), on Thursday evening, November 8. The event was held in the newly expanded Ben Franklin TechVentures® West Wing. TechVentures is the business technology incubator/post-incubator owned and managed by BFTP/NEP and located on Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus. Ken Continue Reading…