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  1. BFTP Job Opportunity: Client Support Specialist

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners invites applications for Client Support Specialist. The Client Support Specialist is responsible for ensuring that clients in the BFTP/NEP 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 Continue Reading…

  2. Bethlehem Mayor Reynolds and Staff Visit TechVentures

    Bethlehem Mayor William Reynolds and his staff met with Ben Franklin staff and had a tour of Ben Franklin TechVentures on February 16. Ben Franklin TechVentures is Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ award-winning technology incubator/post-incubator, located on Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus in Bethlehem. Pictured with “Ben Franklin” at the entry to Ben Franklin TechVentures (seated, l Continue Reading…

  3. BFTP Promotes Kimberly Valuntas to Regional Manager, Reading/Greater Berks

    Ben Franklin has promoted Kimberly L. Valuntas to Regional Manager, Reading/Greater Berks County. Valuntas will succeed Connie R. Faylor, who will retire after more than 30 years of service on June 30. Valuntas will lead and actively contribute to the regional technology ecosystem, working with business and industry groups, elected officials, economic development colleagues, higher Continue Reading…

  4. Investments in Innovation Keep Pa.’s Economy Growing

    State budget proposes $22 million for Ben Franklin HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 8, 2022) — Recognizing the importance of investments in innovation to drive Pennsylvania’s new economy and sustain its growth, Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2022-23 draft spending plan proposes at least $22 million for Ben Franklin Technology Partners. The funding, which amounts to a $2 million Continue Reading…

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

    Laura Eppler, chief marketing officer for Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, said Ben Franklin TechVentures typically houses 30-40 companies at one time. Currently, they have 34 in the technology-based sectors, including life sciences, electronics, materials, advanced manufacturing, and computer applications.   “Companies typically stay for five years, and life science companies can stay Continue Reading…

  6. Entrepreneur to Investor – Full-Circle Innovation

    One good investment deserves another. That’s the philosophy of entrepreneur-turned-investor Marsha Wender Timmerman, who exited successfully as a founder of two early-stage technology firms and then became an early investor herself. Marsha Timmerman’s story is one of tenacity and resilience during a time of change in the role of female entrepreneurs. It was also a Continue Reading…

  7. BFTP Publishes New Annual Report: Resilience

    The resilience of so many BFTP clients during the pandemic helped us innovate to recovery, and created and retained highly paid, sustainable tech-based jobs. BFTP’s 2021 Annual Report: Resilience is available online and in print.

  8. TechVentures featured on PBS39/WLVT Lehigh Valley Rising

    Ben Franklin TechVentures and Ben Franklin clients LifeAire Systems, Mussel Polymers, and Thread BioScience were featured on episode 5 of PBS39/WLVT‘s new series, Lehigh Valley Rising, along with colleague Lehigh Valley incubators, BridgeWorks Enterprise Center, Allentown, a member of the Ben Franklin Business Incubator Network; and Pi: Partnership for Innovation, Bethlehem. VIEW HERE.

  1. Ben Franklin Invests $400,000 in 2 Companies

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $400,000 in support of regional economic development. Two early-stage companies received funding. Grovara, LLC, www.grovara.com, Philadelphia; launched in Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem, Northampton County Ben Franklin Investment: $200,000 Continue to expand a web-based marketplace platform that connects “Made Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin to Invest $495,000 in 11 Companies

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $495,000 in support of regional economic development. Eleven companies from BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area received funding. Investments identified as a continuation project indicates that the client achieved pre-determined milestones and is receiving more funding to accomplish additional project Continue Reading…

  3. Mussel Polymers Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

    Mussel Polymers, Inc., Ben Franklin TechVentures, Bethlehem, won the 18th annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol, held virtually on Tuesday evening, November 9, 2021. Ben Franklin Venture Idol is a cross between Shark Tank® and American Idol®. More than 200 guests attended the online event, which illustrates a significant way in which early-stage entrepreneurs seek and obtain Continue Reading…

  4. DCED and BFTDA Leaders Visit Ben Franklin TechVentures

    BFTP/NEP President and CEO Angelo Valletta and the leadership team welcomed Dennis Davin, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED); Steve D’Ettorre, Deputy Secretary of Technology and Innovation, PA DCED; and Jennifer Leinbach, Executive Director of the PA DCED Office of Technology and Innovation and the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, Continue Reading…

  5. Ben Franklin to Invest $209,800 in 5 Companies

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $209,800 in support of regional economic development. Five 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. Cliquify, Inc., Macungie, Lehigh County Continue Reading…

  6. Innovation Wins! – TV / VIDEO SERIES

    Watch Ben Franklin clients and partners on Innovation Wins! New shows release every 2 weeks. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania is presenting an exciting TV series, Innovation Wins, hosted by President and CEO, Angelo Valletta, and BFTP/NEP’s enterprise developers. Innovation Wins gives viewers a “sneak peek” at some of the most exciting Continue Reading…

  7. BFTP CEO Angelo Valletta Featured in LVEDC’s New Executive Series

    In this 30-minute interview, LVEDC President and CEO Don Cunningham interviews BFTP/NEP President and CEO Angelo Valletta on a wide range of topics, including the process through which BFTP/NEP decides when and how to support early-stage firms and innovative manufacturers, as well as major companies that have previously gone through Ben Franklin, such as OraSure Continue Reading…

  8. Celebrating PA Manufacturing Day — October 1

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) joins the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development in celebrating Pennsylvania Manufacturing Day on October 1, 2021. Manufacturing is at the heart of Pennsylvania’s economy. (PA Dept. of L&I, QCEW, Q4 2020; bea.gov Regional Economic Accounts Q4 2020) • 8th largest manufacturing industry in the Continue Reading…