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  1. Ben Franklin to Invest $250,000 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $250,000 in support of regional economic development. Four companies in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding. BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investments, which are provided in the form of loans with warrants. mXtr Automation, Williamsport, Lycoming County Continue Reading…

  2. LVEDC’s December Lehigh Valley Startup Posted

    The December 2020 issue of LVstartup, a monthly e-newsletter about entrepreneurs and startups in the Lehigh Valley, has been released. This month’s edition includes Ben Franklin Venture Idol, a blog by Chad Paul on client diversity, and news on BFTP clients UBeMe, Gilson Snow, and Ophidion. Via LVEDC. 

  3. Ben Franklin Appoints Angelo J. Valletta as President and Chief Operating Officer

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Angelo J. Valletta as President and Chief Operating Officer. Valletta will succeed R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., who will retire on March 31, 2021. In his new role, Valletta will have full operating responsibilities for the Ben Franklin Technology Continue Reading…

  4. New Angel Investor Fund Spearheaded by NEPA Alliance

    Pat Sandone is an entrepreneur who built highly successful web solutions provider and Ben Franklin client Net Driven, which employs 100, and from which he successfully exited in 2015. Sandone is among the first investors in StartUP NEPA, a new angel investor fund being spearheaded by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA). Fund organizers at the Continue Reading…

  5. Venture Idol Program Book Available Online

    This year’s Ben Franklin Venture Idol program book is available at https://bit.ly/2U8N3Xb. The program includes venture profiles of each of the seven competitors, an article, “What Has 2020 Taught Us About Start-Ups And Funding Them In 2021?” by Paul Martino, General Partner of Bullpen Capital, bios on investor panelists and emcees, a listing of regional venture Continue Reading…

  6. Thread Bioscience Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

    Thread Bioscience, Inc.  was selected as the winner of the 2020 Ben Franklin Venture Idol competition. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania hosted its 17th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol, held virtually this year, on Tuesday evening, November 17. More than 200 guests attended free-of-charge. Thread Bioscience, Bethlehem, is poised to disrupt the Continue Reading…

  7. Finalists Selected: Ben Franklin Virtual Venture Idol

    Program Book Preview Available  Rocket Cloud, Inc.; studio BE Mindfulness, LLC; and Thread Bioscience, Inc. were selected as the three finalists for the 2020 Ben Franklin Venture Idol competition by a panel of experienced private investors. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host its 17th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol on Tuesday Continue Reading…

  8. Ben Franklin Virtual Venture Idol Nov. 17, Free to Attend

    Crowdfunding-Style Event Celebrating National Entrepreneur’s Day The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania will host its 17th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:45 PM. This year’s event will be held virtually and is offered free-of-charge; register at https://ventureidol.ticketmambo.com/. November 19 is National Entrepreneur’s Day. In celebration, Continue Reading…

  1. Lehigh Valley’s Life Sciences Sector Continues to Thrive

    Lehigh Valley’s vibrant life sciences sector has been stepping up to the challenge created by the continuing COVID-19 crisis, with companies including Ben Franklin clients OraSure Technologies, Skillion, Inc., and Saladax Biomedical taking steps to fight the coronavirus and other deadly diseases. Via LVEDC

  2. Ben Franklin to Invest $407,130 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $407,130 in support of regional economic development. Nine companies in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding. Investments identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project work. Continue Reading…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Ben Franklin Virtual Venture Idol

    REGISTER NOW!  Free-of-charge to attend. Virtual event held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 6:00 – 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…

  8. 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…