1. BFTP Announces 6 Innovation Award Winners

    Winners to be Honored at 2020 iXchange  The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania has announced the winners of its annual Northeastern Pennsylvania Innovation Awards. Winners will be honored at the Ben Franklin iXchange, which has been postponed and will be rescheduled later this year.  Please check this website to register for the rescheduled Continue Reading…

  2. OptoVibronex working on “virtual biopsy” scanner to spot skin tumors

    Skin cancer affects millions is the most common form of cancer, affecting one in five Americans. BFTP client OptoVibronex is working to market an invention that can detect skin tumors without patients having to undergo invasive biopsies to determine the extent of cancer cells. Via Morning Call  

  3. Ben Franklin of NE PA Creates/Retains 7,273 Jobs in 2019

    In 2019, 7,273 northeastern Pennsylvania jobs were created or retained as a result of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) work. BFTP/NEP generated cumulative impacts of 63,137 job creations or retentions since the program’s inception in 1983. “These strong northeastern Pennsylvania job impacts support the findings of an independent study conducted by Continue Reading…

  4. PBS39 Feature on Retiring Chad Paul

    Hostess Monica Evans interviews Chad Paul, President and CEO of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, on PBS39 Community Corner –

  5. Ben Franklin to Invest $251,800 in the Regional Economy

    The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s (BFTP/NEP) Board of Directors has approved the investment of $251,800 in support of regional economic development. Clients are an early-stage, technology-based firm and seven established manufacturers in BFTP/NEP’s 21-county service area. BFTP/NEP announces the following early-stage company investment. Gilson Snow, Inc.  Winfield, Snyder County Ben Franklin Investment: Continue Reading…

  6. Ben Franklin Technology Partners are economic heroes, one job at a time

    “… an organization that has helped boost entrepreneurship and business in Berks County and beyond has been the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The initiative supports fledgling enterprises at their most vulnerable point — the early stages of commercialization and market development — and provides vital support services that clients cite as being Continue Reading…

  7. Chad Paul to Retire – Reading Eagle

    Feature via Reading Eagle Business Weekly.

  8. Chad Paul to retire – WFMZ-TV69

    Interview via WFMZ-TV69

  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Vigon International receives natural gas service funding

    BFTP client Vigon International will benefit from state funding that will help it extend natural gas service. Vigon, a manufacturer of flavor, fragrance, personal care, and nutraceutical ingredients, will invest more than $11 million in the project and create an additional 75 jobs, while maintaining its current workforce of 125 employees. The Pipeline Investment Program, Continue Reading…

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. The Importance of University Partnerships

    BFTP client and serial entrepreneur,  Dr. R. Sam Niedbala, CEO of CryoConcepts, LP, Bethlehem, producer of patented cryosurgical tools for physicians, veterinarians, aestheticians, and consumers, presents to the PA House of Representatives Policy and Appropriations committees on how BFTP helped his company.