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  1. 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…

  2. PA Innovation Video Features BFTP Clients

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

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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).

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. How companies tied to Ben Franklin TechVentures are fighting COVID-19

    Some Lehigh Valley companies are about to get a big boost as they work to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Pennsylvania’s Ben Franklin Technical Development Authority announced in April it awarded $1 million to each of the four Ben Franklin Technology Partners to support affected companies. Each of the statewide centers is matching the $1 million Continue Reading…

  1. Ben Franklin Announces Staff Promotions

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced two staff promotions. Laura L. Lawrence was promoted to Senior Project Manager. In addition to ensuring compliance with state, federal, and organizational regulations, her new role will include the management of client financial deals and investment reporting. Lawrence has served for 12 years at Continue Reading…

  2. Pandemic causing entrepreneurs to shift gears

    The downtime created from the COVID-19 pandemic gave prospective entrepreneurs a chance to realize their dream to start a new business. It also offered an opportunity for entrepreneurs who already started their businesses to change direction to produce something to fill a coronavirus-caused need. Feature citing Ben Franklin clients American Paper Bag, LLC, Sugar Notch; ConnexiCore, Continue Reading…

  3. Ben Franklin Northeast Announces Its Action Plan for Investing

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced its action plan for investing funding approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for its Return to Health Fund. The DCED will release a total of $4 million statewide, $1 million to each of the four Ben Franklin centers, to Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin Statewide Awarded $4M to Aid Promising Start-ups, Foster Innovation in Response to COVID-19

    The Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA) awarded $4 million to the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners to support promising clients that are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, even as their innovations are helping the state respond to this public health crisis. Ben Franklin Technology Partners serves all 67 counties through four regionally based centers Continue Reading…

  5. PA Manufacturing Call to Action Portal

    The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) offers a portal for manufacturers of products related to the numerous supply chain components for protecting us from the coronavirus. Manufacturers of supplies and products or companies that can pivot existing manufacturing capabilities to meet the necessary demand can contact DCED via the Manufacturing Call to Continue Reading…

  6. Hero’s Kafe in TechVentures Pivots to Help AHA Residents

    Hero’s Kafe, based in Ben Franklin TechVentures, had to be creative when COVID-19 forced it to temporarily close its breakfast and lunch business. The restaurant teamed with the Allentown Housing Authority to provide meals each weekday to residents — many of whom face higher exposure risk of the deadly disease due to age and infirmities. Continue Reading…

  7. GoggleWorks is 3-D Printing Face Shields

    Highly-sought-after face shields are being 3D printed at the Cross Trainer Mixed Reality studios inside the GoggleWorks Factory in Reading. It’s part of a partnership that’s budded in the last few days with one simple goal: to produce personal protective equipment to help in the fight against COVID-19. The groups involved include Albright College, Alvernia Continue Reading…

  8. Douglas Engler Appointed Regional Manager, Lehigh Valley

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced the appointment of Douglas Engler as Regional Manager, Lehigh Valley. Engler will succeed Robert S. Thomson, III, who will retire on June 30. Engler will lead and actively contribute to the regional technology ecosystem, working with business and industry groups, economic development colleagues, higher Continue Reading…