For more than 30 years, BFTP/NEP has helped technology companies prosper by providing access to capital, business and technical expertise, and university resources.

Ben Franklin delivers hands-on support, guidance, and investment funds at companies’ most vulnerable times, helping clients to achieve and sustain commercial success and competitive advantage.


Ben Franklin makes investments that typically range from $30,000 to $150,000 per year for up to three years. We take calculated risks investing in young, unproven technology companies that could not secure seed funding through conventional means. We also assist early-stage firms as they prepare to raise additional capital, and provide an important initial endorsement for a new company.

Ben Franklin provides a 1:1 matching grant up to a maximum of $50,000 for technology-based manufacturing innovation in established manufacturers. The support is directed to enterprise-wide solutions, to enhance clients’ entire way of doing business. Work may address the company’s manufacturing process, the development of new products, and/or improvement of existing products.

Business Expertise

Each company in the BFTP/NEP portfolio benefits from the collective experience of seasoned professionals who focus on turning high-potential ideas into high-growth businesses. In-house expertise is complemented by BFTP/NEP’s extensive Solutions Network of advisers, service providers, and investors, creating a powerful and comprehensive support program for clients.

University Resources

We tap into the research strength of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities, whose faculty and graduate students work directly with clients. BFTP/NEP provides a crucial link between client companies and the wealth of knowledge, facilities, and manpower in higher education.