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  1. Report: Ben Franklin Tech Partners created hundreds of jobs in our region

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners is showing it’s still making quite an impact in Pennsylvania with its 2021 economic impact report. It’s one of the nation’s longest running tech-based economic development programs with one of the largest incubator networks. “We do that by investing and supporting early-stage organizations. Secondly, we do that by supporting new Continue Reading…

  2. Congressman Dan Meuser Visits Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center

    Congressman Dan Meuser visited the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center (BRTC) business incubator, which is owned and managed by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA), on Friday, April 22. He and his staff toured the facility and met with Ben Franklin President and CEO Angelo J. Valletta and BRTC staff to learn more Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Investments Pay Huge Dividends for PA

    Statewide initiative helped clients create 2,438 jobs, retain 12,923 more, and generate $2 billion in revenue, according to 2021 Impact Report Ben Franklin Technology Partners and its network of clients continue to bring to market cutting-edge ideas that directly impact Pennsylvania’s economy by driving investments, fostering the entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting innovation in established manufacturers, and Continue Reading…

  4. Free Virtual Tour of Ben Franklin TechVentures

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP_NEPA) technology business incubator, Ben Franklin TechVentures®, is a two-time winner of the International Business Innovation Association’s Incubator of the Year Award. BFTP_NEPA will present a virtual tour of Ben Franklin TechVentures® on Tuesday, May 31 at 12:15 PM. Ben Franklin TechVentures is located on Lehigh University’s campus Continue Reading…

  5. Investing Locally – 6 Pocono-NE Firms Receive Ben Franklin Funding

    Six Firms Receiving Nearly $200K in Combined Investments from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Via the Times-Tribune Scranton and the Citizens’ Voice Wilkes Barre. 

  6. Lehigh’s Baker Institute Presents Innovate! Celebrate! Awards at Ben Franklin TechVentures

    Event Spotlights Entrepreneurial Talent in Lehigh Students “I want to acknowledge the influence and impact of the Lehigh University Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation, which for more than a decade has played a critical role in fostering an entrepreneurial mindset in Lehigh students from all backgrounds, identities, and disciplines. It has provided a Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Invests $465,000 in 11 Companies and 12 Business Incubators

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP_NEPA) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $465,000 in support of regional economic development. Eleven companies and 12 business incubators from BFTP_NEPA’s 21-county service area received funding. BFTP_NEPA announces the following early-stage company investments, which are provided in the form of loans with warrants. Brewpub Continue Reading…

  8. Job Opportunity: Marketing Associate/Manager

    Role: Advance the brand of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) and enhance networks of support through ongoing communication of the organization’s accomplishments by marketing existing clients, and by building awareness among prospective new clients. Establish and strengthen relationships, leading to an improved perception and advantageous action among key constituents, including business, Continue Reading…

  1. Job Opportunity: Associate Manager for Client Development

    Role: The Associate Manager for Client Development is responsible for ensuring that clients in the BFTP_NEPA portfolio receive the best possible support from our team, from outside advisors and experts, and from service providers and vendors when we introduce them or pay for their services. We call this package of support our Solutions Network, and Continue Reading…

  2. Banking on Ben Franklin

    Ken Okrepkie, Ben Franklin Regional Manager Pocono Northeast, was featured on a half-hour Keystone Edition Business show on PBS WVIA. He describes the work of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania and how it has supported local companies and improved the regional economy. Ben Franklin clients Jennifer Ciarimboli of studioBEMindfulness, and Ian Robson Continue Reading…

  3. Wayne Barz Named to Lehigh Valley Business’ Power 100

    Congratulations to Ben Franklin’s Chief Investment Officer, Wayne K. Barz, for his selection by Lehigh Valley Business as one of the region’s Power 100! According to Lehigh Valley Business, these are the individuals who shape our communities and influence the quality of life in our region. They are leaders  — some quite prominent and well-known Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin Virtual iXchange May 18 – Free Registration Now Open

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) will present its annual iXchange virtually on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, 2022, at 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The event is free-of-charge to guests, and registration is required. REGISTER HERE. This year’s iXchange theme is Innovators: Past, Present, and Future. Ben Franklin’s iXchange is a premier business/technology event Continue Reading…

  5. Philip Crowley, Esq., Appointed to Ben Franklin Board

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) has announced the appointment of Phillip P. Crowley, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner of Crowley Law LLC, to its board of directors. Crowley Law is a boutique corporate law firm focused on helping emerging technology and life sciences start-ups launch and grow. BFTP_NEPA has led tech-based Continue Reading…

  6. BFTP Created/Retained 7,356 Jobs in 2021

    In 2021, 7,356 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP_NEPA) work. BFTP_NEPA generated cumulative impacts of 76,956 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. “Ben Franklin clients are an important part of the resilience northeastern Pennsylvania is exhibiting in Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Hosts Lehigh University Start-Up Job Fair

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA)  hosted the Lehigh University Start-Up Job Fair at Ben Franklin TechVentures® on February 22. Lehigh undergraduate and graduate students met with Ben Franklin clients Intuidex, Mussel Polymers, Optamo, OptoVibronex, TerraHealth, LBN, and Raven Biomaterials, as well as other regional companies, to share and fill upcoming internship Continue Reading…

  8. Small business incubators grow companies, jobs, and networks

    “Business incubators help early-stage firms win the incredibly difficult fight to succeed in the marketplace,” Ben Franklin Chief Marketing Officer Laura Eppler said. “It’s about improving people’s lives by creating highly paid, sustainable jobs. It’s about innovation, creating products and processes that improve the human condition,” she said.  “Since 1983, Ben Franklin’s incubator has graduated Continue Reading…