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  1. Why the Medical Device Industry is a Good Bet in Lehigh Valley

    Lehigh Valley has developed a critical mass of medical device companies because of this life science trifecta: talent, location, investment. Talent: Medical Device manufacturing companies recruit talent from Lehigh Valley’s 11 colleges and universities – including Lehigh University’s prestigious engineering college – and other top research schools within short drive. Local schools produce nearly 4,000 graduates Continue Reading…

  2. 2021-22 Budget Invests in Innovation by Continuing Support for Ben Franklin

    Statewide initiative to receive $14.5 million Pennsylvania’s 2021-22 General Fund budget provides $14.5 million in funding to the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP), a statewide economic development initiative that invests in and supports high-tech entrepreneurs and startups and innovative manufacturers. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Continue Reading…

  3. Northeastern PA is a Leading Innovation Hub, But More Investments are Needed

    Northeastern PA is a Leading Innovation Hub Thanks to Talent, Support Network, and Location, But More Investments are Needed to Succeed Against Increasing Competition By Angelo J. Valletta, President and CEO, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania I have worn many hats in my career and I have enjoyed leading organizations that generate transformational impacts Continue Reading…

  4. Valletta Visits Bridgeworks Enterprise Center

    Ben Franklin President and CEO Angelo Valletta learned more about Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network member, the Allentown Economic Development Corporation’s (AEDC) Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, during a visit in mid June. Pictured here are AEDC Program Manager, David Dunn; Valletta; AEDC Executive Director Scott Unger; and Ben Franklin Manager of Entrepreneurial Support, Anthony Durante.

  5. LifeAire Systems‘ Air Purification Technology Protecting Ben Franklin TechVentures Against COVID-19

    Ben Franklin TechVentures® has installed an air purification system that removes up to 99% of COVID-19 pathogens in a single pass through the system. These transformational and advanced air purification systems are from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania client LifeAire Systems, LLC. “With many of our clients operating as essential businesses since the Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin to Invest $150,000 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Board of Directors has approved the investment of $150,000 in support of regional economic development. Three companies from 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. Good2Go Software, LLC, Shickshinny, Luzerne County Continue Reading…

  7. Angelo Valletta Interview on iHeartRadio

    “The team doesn’t work for me; I work for the team. And the team works for our clients, constituents, and partners,” says BFTP/NEP President and CEO Angelo Valletta. Listen on iHeartRadio, Outlook, hosted by Dan Holzman, airing Sunday, June 6, 2021: 6am -WAEB-AM 790; 7am – WSAN-AM 1470; 7am – WZZO-FM 95.1; and 7am – WAEB-FM 104.1.

  8. Ben Franklin Presents iXchange; Watch Video!

    The iXchange video is posted online here. Retiring CEO Chad Paul Honored With Multiple Dedications   Dedicating a large meeting and conference room, renaming an Innovation Award, and naming a private street – all to honor R. Chadwick Paul, Jr., retiring President and CEO of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP). (photo Continue Reading…

  1. BFTP Appoints Melanie A. Kohler as Chief Technology Officer

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced the appointment of Melanie A. Kohler as Chief Technology Officer. Kohler will succeed Aaron B. Balch, who will retire on June 30, 2021. In her new role, Kohler will identify, support, and oversee the information technology (IT) infrastructure for the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Continue Reading…

  2. New Ben Franklin CEO plans to “hunt” startups for Greater Reading

    You don’t have to dig very deep to find some of the qualities that made Angelo Valletta the pick to head up Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Valletta is self-motivated. He’s worked with entrepreneurs and startups throughout his career. His professional background is in technology. He’s a Pennsylvania guy, so he cares about Continue Reading…

  3. Space Available at the Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center

    The Bloomsburg Regional Technology Center (BRTC), a business incubator that is owned and managed by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP), has reasonably priced office space available. The BRTC is a secure building with key card entrance, and provides resident companies with 24/7 access to the facility; internet-ready offices and wired-to-secure data Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin Invests $207,200 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $207,200 in support of regional economic development. Five companies from throughout 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.   Celebr8 Life, Inc., Continue Reading…

  5. REPORT: Ben Franklin & Clients Lifted Pa. Economy During Pandemic

    Statewide initiative helped clients create 1,309 jobs, retain 12,446 more, and generate $1.8 billion in revenue to aid recovery efforts Ben Franklin Technology Partners and its network of entrepreneurial clients played a significant role in lifting Pennsylvania’s economy and keeping people employed during the pandemic by innovating against COVID-19 and helping the state with its Continue Reading…

  6. BFTP CEO Angelo Valletta on RVN TV’s CEO Chat

    BFTP CEO Angelo Valletta appeared on RVN Live TV on  April 19 and 23, addressing Ben Franklin’s work and his vision for the regional economic development environment. The show is also available for on-demand viewing on the CEO Chat show page .

  7. Lehigh Valley Gets High Marks for its High-Tech Economy

    Lehigh Valley’s economic growth in the high-technology sector ranks among the top 10% of the largest metropolitan regions in the nation, according to a new study by the nonprofit Milken Institute. Lehigh Valley also ranked in the top third in terms of high-tech concentration in the regional economy in 2019. More via LVEDC

  8. Ken Okrepkie on Keystone Edition: Business – Capital Connections

    Ken Okrepkie, Ben Franklin Pocono Northeast Regional Manager, appeared on WVIA / PBS, as Kris Jones hosted Keystone Edition: Business – “Capital Connections.” The Thursday, April 8 episode addressed raising capital for early-stage companies, exploring angel investing, venture capital, grants, and other sources. Other guests included Jeffrey Box, President & Chief Executive Officer, Northeastern Pennsylvania Continue Reading…