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  1. 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…

  2. 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

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  1. 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…

  2. BFTP Invests $1.4M in 18 Early-Stage Firms with Return to Health Funding

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) announces that it has made emergency investments in 18 regional start-ups totaling $1,435,500 to protect existing portfolio clients during 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) that was Continue Reading…

  3. PA Innovation Video Features BFTP Clients

    Thank you to all the Pennsylvanians who are stepping up to fight COVID-19. Via Gov. Wolf

  4. Ben Franklin Invests $547,500 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $547,500 in support of regional economic development. Clients are six early-stage, technology-based firms, eight established manufacturers, and nine business incubators in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area. Investments identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin Holds First Virtual Tiger Session

    Solo Labs Benefits from Sales and Marketing Strategy Meeting Via Zoom The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) recently held its first-ever virtual “Tiger Session.” The benefitting client was SOLO Laboratories, Inc., Kutztown, which received marketing and sales mentorship from tigers: Peter Gonze, Marketing and Business Strategy Consultant; Pete Molinaro, Chairman and CEO, Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin Reading Clients Innovating During COVID-19

    The Spring 2020 Greater Reading Commerce Quarterly includes stories on Ben Franklin Greater Reading Clients Innovating During COVID-19 (pp. 12-13);  Solo Laboratories, Inc., Kutztown, winning a Ben Franklin Innovation Award (p. 13); and Ben Franklin’s participation as a partner in the Berks PPE Network (p. 19).

  7. How businesses adapted to survive, thrive during COVID-19 pandemic

    Many businesses are taking the time to help others during the crisis. The list of creative ways businesses have found to help those fighting COVID-19 on the front lines is long. BFTP client Applied Separations of Allentown found a way to take the personal protective wear their staff uses and sanitize them so that they Continue Reading…

  8. Area businesses fight COVID-19 with innovation

    As the economic wreckage of the COVID-19 war piles higher, some clients of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania serve on the regional battlefield by distributing products and services that can directly aid in the response and recovery effort. “Ben Franklin Technology Partners invests in innovative solutions for many industries,” said Ken Okrepkie, Continue Reading…