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  1. Chad Paul to Retire – Reading Eagle

    Feature via Reading Eagle Business Weekly.

  2. Chad Paul to retire – WFMZ-TV69

    Interview via WFMZ-TV69

  3. Governor’s 2020-21 Budget Proposes $5 Million Increase for Ben Franklin

    Smart investments in innovation, high-tech development fuel Pa.’s economy Gov. Tom Wolf announced that his proposed 2020-21 General Fund budget will include a $5 million increase for the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), which funds the statewide Ben Franklin Technology Partners initiative, one of the most widely known and emulated state technology-based economic development Continue Reading…

  4. Robert Tucker to keynote iXchange: SPARK! Managing the Future

    Often described as “America’s innovation coach,” Robert B. Tucker helps leaders spark innovative thinking in themselves and their teams using some surprisingly simple yet powerful concepts. Tucker bases his content on more than 20 years of research and real-world coaching experience to help leaders develop the mindset, toolset, and skillset of the innovator — necessary qualities Continue Reading…

  5. Chad Paul to Retire as President and CEO of Ben Franklin NE PA

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has announced the retirement of R. Chadwick Paul, Jr. as President and Chief Executive Officer. Paul has served since 2002 and will retire effective July 1, 2020. During Paul’s 18-year tenure as President and CEO, the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Pennsylvania network has Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin Clients Cited in New York Times Story

    A January New York Times article cites Ben Franklin Technology Partners clients/alumni OraSure Technologies, Just Born, and Freshpet as examples of the manufacturing sector that helped lead the Lehigh Valley economic renaissance.

  7. Scranton focus: A booming business climate

    Incubators and investment – On the industrial front, three themes are quietly dominating the headlines in the Greater Scranton area, according to Ken Okrepkie, regional manager with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners. These involve business incubator success, availability of venture capital if a company agrees to stay in the region and a wave of private investment. Continue Reading…

  8. Apis Innovation Wins Ben Franklin Venture Idol

     “Ask yourself: what would you want to invest in?” “Keep investors informed, and be transparent on both positive developments and problems in your start-up.” “Investors are selecting you as a management team, so be ready to push back as the experts in your business.” Four Ben Franklin portfolio companies who participated in previous Venture Idol Continue Reading…

  1. The State of Innovation: Generating Ideas to Grow PA

    Pennsylvania’s once trailblazing innovation economy has grown stagnant, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution. To combat this downward trend, nearly 150 business and civic leaders from around the Commonwealth attended a Grow PA event at Penn State Harrisburg, which included a presentation by BFTP/NEP’s Ken Okrepkie, to spark ideas to jumpstart innovation once Continue Reading…

  2. Ben Franklin to Invest $578,000 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $578,000 in support of regional economic development. Clients are early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area. (Coverage via Lehigh Valley Business) Investments that are identified as continuation projects indicate that the client achieved pre-determined Continue Reading…

  3. BF TechVentures Hosts PA Latino Convention

    The PA Latino Convention guests’ October 31st visit to Ben Franklin TechVentures included an overview of Ben Franklin Technology Partners support and a panel presentation by TechVentures resident companies that are led by Latinos.

  4. Ben Franklin Venture Idol Start-Up Contestants Announced

    Crowdfunding-Style Event Scheduled for November 6 The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania  will host its sixteenth annual Ben Franklin Venture Idol on Wednesday, November 6, 5:00 – 9:00 PM. The event will be held at the Innovation Institute in Ben Franklin TechVentures®, the award-winning business technology incubator on Lehigh University’s Mountaintop Campus in Continue Reading…

  5. How Berks fits in to PA’s innovation economy

    In August, the Brookings Institute released a report looking at the state of Pennsylvania’s innovation economy, warning that the commonwealth is falling behind in the knowledge-driven economy that propels most advanced industries. The report cites the Ben Franklin Technology Partners as a “national model for technology-based economic development.” But Pennsylvania stopped investing in innovation. After Continue Reading…

  6. BFTP Board Member Jim Peters Appointed COO of Rite Aid

    Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) has appointed Ben Franklin Board Member Jim Peters as the company’s chief operating officer. Peters will lead all aspects of Rite Aid’s pharmacy and clinical strategy development and execution; health plan, health system and strategic corporate relationships; marketing and merchandising; corporate development, strategy and communications. More.  

  7. LVstartup Cites BFTP Clients

    LVEDC’s September 2019 LVstartup includes news about Ben Franklin clients/alumni CryoConcepts, LifeAire, OraSure, Polytek, Skillion, and TRuCapSol.

  8. Ben Franklin Clients Present to PA House Committees

    Three Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) clients presented on their companies and the support they received from BFTP/NEP to more than a dozen members of the Pennsylvania House Majority and Minority Policy Committees and the PA House Appropriations Committee. The event was held on Thursday, September 5 and was cohosted by Representative Continue Reading…