1. Bethlehem Startups Receive $120,000 Investment from Ben Franklin

    “Investing in promising early-stage firms and established manufacturers is central to our mission of creating and retaining highly paid, sustainable Pennsylvania jobs.”  Via LVEDC’s The Lehigh Valley Insider:

  2. Ben Franklin to Invest $488,400 in the Regional Economy

    Investments in 5 Early-Stage Firms and 7 Established Manufacturers The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $488,400 in support of regional economic development. Clients are early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area. Investments are identified as continuation projects indicate that the Continue Reading…

  3. Why Ben Franklin is fighting for more state funding

    The early-stage capital provider now receives half the state backing it did a decade ago. That’s a problem for the Pennsylvania start-ups it supports. Via Philly:

  4. Ben Franklin Promotes Wayne Barz to Chief Investment Officer

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/NEP) has announced the promotion of Wayne K. Barz to Chief Investment Officer. Barz has served as Ben Franklin’s Manager of Entrepreneurial Services since 2000, having overseen the expansion of Ben Franklin’s incubator facilities from 18,000 square feet to 129,000 square feet. In his new role as Continue Reading…

  5. PA Reinvesting VC Returns

    Activate Ventures, located in Ben Franklin TechVentures, received $2.5 million in funding being released by the New PA Venture Capital Investment Program. The money is coming from the returns from previous investments made by the state-backed program. Glenn Bressner, managing partner of Activate Ventures, said the fund focuses on early-stage firms like Ben Franklin clients. Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin Hosts iXchange 2019

    Ben Franklin Technology Partners returned $3.90 in additional state tax revenue for every $1 invested in the program. That was among the messages at BFTP/NEP’s annual iXchange, at which Chad Paul, President and CEO of BFTP/NEP, presented the results of a statewide independent study on the organization’s impacts in PA from 2012 to 2016. “Ben Continue Reading…

  7. Opportunities at iXchange

    “The Ben Franklin iXchange is our opportunity to honor six innovation award winners who have accomplished great things after receiving support from Ben Franklin Technology Partners,” BFTP CMO Laura Eppler explains, “This allows us to help other organizations in the area learn of the opportunities available to them with our help.” Via PBS39/WLVT:

  8. Manufacturing: Creating Future PA Jobs

    “It’s important for established manufacturers to apply technology to stay efficient and effective, so they can compete on a global level,” says Ryan Glenn, Director of Statewide Initiatives, Ben Franklin Technology Partners. “For early-stage tech firms, we provide that first institutional round of capital. We surround clients with the resources and networks that will help Continue Reading…

  1. Generational Dynamics Expert Presents at Ben Franklin iXchange

    Five GENs Engaged in The War at Work You are safe, is the message of a hierarchical organizational structure. You are free, is the promise of a networked organizational structure. You belong, is the key to psychological safety in any organization. Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, GEN X, GEN Y (Millennials), and GEN G (iGen) – five Continue Reading…

  2. ICS to open new HQ in Northampton County

    Innovative Control Systems (ICS), a manufacturer of a range of products for the car-wash industry, including controllers, payment devices and point-of-sale systems, plans to open a new headquarters in Hanover Township, Northampton County. The headquarters move follows an announcement in February that ICS is opening a 52,000 square-foot manufacturing site in the township. Via Lehigh Valley Continue Reading…

  3. Local Entrepreneurial Endeavors and The Brains Behind Them

    Lehigh Valley Style feature includes BFTP client UBMe – “It’s an app that lets you see what’s happening around you, and connect with the people who are out there.” It’s also hyper-local, according to founder Val Arzunian. TechVentures resident company and BFTP client Carenade, also featured, is an online marketplace for in-home health services. More:

  4. Business starter Ben Franklin says state funding shortfall puts Pennsylvania growth at risk

    Many in the Lehigh Valley might be unaware that Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has been launching businesses since Ronald Reagan was president. But they’re probably familiar with the innovative companies the nonprofit has nurtured. Despite these successes, Ben Franklin has faced stagnant state funding or funding cuts several times in its more Continue Reading…

  5. US Specialty Formulations Graduates From TechVentures

    This manufacturer of sterile injectable products for pharmaceutical companies will move out of Ben Franklin TechVentures and relocate into Allentown, giving the firm space that’s roughly 37,000 square feet larger than its TechVentures home of 3,000 ft2. USSF currently employs 13 and is looking to hire more. Via Lehigh Valley Business:

  6. Collegiate entrepreneurs to pitch at BFTP/LVTech competition

    BFTP/NEP and LVTech have joined forces once again to host an event to help college students who are potential entrepreneurs practice their business pitches. The Lehigh Valley Innovation and Collegiate Business Pitch Summit, to be held April 25 at Ben Franklin TechVentures, is in its third year and is being expanded to include displays of Continue Reading…

  7. Without funding innovation, we risk falling behind

    Gilson Snow designs snowboard and ski bases in an innovative and proprietary way to provide an enhanced and unique “feel” on the mountain. The company worked with BFTP to complete manufacturing improvements and expand sales and marketing efforts. “Ben Franklin did more than invest in our success; they surrounded us with internal and external experts Continue Reading…

  8. It’s time to restore funding to PA’s tech-based job-creation engine.

    Entrepreneurship feature on statewide funding of BFTP. Via NETWORK MAGAZINE: