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  1. Job Opportunity: Associate Manager for Client Development

    Role: The Associate Manager for Client Development is responsible for ensuring that clients in the BFTP_NEPA 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 package of support our Solutions Network, and Continue Reading…

  2. Banking on Ben Franklin

    Ken Okrepkie, Ben Franklin Regional Manager Pocono Northeast, was featured on a half-hour Keystone Edition Business show on PBS WVIA. He describes the work of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania and how it has supported local companies and improved the regional economy. Ben Franklin clients Jennifer Ciarimboli of studioBEMindfulness, and Ian Robson Continue Reading…

  3. Wayne Barz Named to Lehigh Valley Business’ Power 100

    Congratulations to Ben Franklin’s Chief Investment Officer, Wayne K. Barz, for his selection by Lehigh Valley Business as one of the region’s Power 100! According to Lehigh Valley Business, these are the individuals who shape our communities and influence the quality of life in our region. They are leaders  — some quite prominent and well-known Continue Reading…

  4. Ben Franklin Virtual iXchange May 18 – Free Registration Now Open

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) will present its annual iXchange virtually on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, 2022, at 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The event is free-of-charge to guests, and registration is required. REGISTER HERE. This year’s iXchange theme is Innovators: Past, Present, and Future. Ben Franklin’s iXchange is a premier business/technology event Continue Reading…

  5. Philip Crowley, Esq., Appointed to Ben Franklin Board

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) has announced the appointment of Phillip P. Crowley, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner of Crowley Law LLC, to its board of directors. Crowley Law is a boutique corporate law firm focused on helping emerging technology and life sciences start-ups launch and grow. BFTP_NEPA has led tech-based Continue Reading…

  6. BFTP Created/Retained 7,356 Jobs in 2021

    In 2021, 7,356 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP_NEPA) work. BFTP_NEPA generated cumulative impacts of 76,956 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. “Ben Franklin clients are an important part of the resilience northeastern Pennsylvania is exhibiting in Continue Reading…

  7. Ben Franklin Hosts Lehigh University Start-Up Job Fair

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA)  hosted the Lehigh University Start-Up Job Fair at Ben Franklin TechVentures® on February 22. Lehigh undergraduate and graduate students met with Ben Franklin clients Intuidex, Mussel Polymers, Optamo, OptoVibronex, TerraHealth, LBN, and Raven Biomaterials, as well as other regional companies, to share and fill upcoming internship Continue Reading…

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

    “Business incubators help early-stage firms win the incredibly difficult fight to succeed in the marketplace,” Ben Franklin Chief Marketing Officer Laura Eppler said. “It’s about improving people’s lives by creating highly paid, sustainable jobs. It’s about innovation, creating products and processes that improve the human condition,” she said.  “Since 1983, Ben Franklin’s incubator has graduated Continue Reading…

  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.