Ben Franklin Company, Green Lighting, Graduates from Erie Tech Incubator

The Erie Technology Incubator at Gannon University (ETI) is pleased to announce the graduation of Green Lighting LED and its upcoming move to a new manufacturing, fulfillment, and administrative office location at 1856-B East 10th Street, here in Erie. Incorporated as JCR Sales & Mfg, in 2007, Green Lighting LED was ... (more)

The BF TechCelerator @ Carlisle Will Award Prizes Totaling More than $10,000!

CARLISLE, PA – On Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 3:00 PM, three entrepreneurs will present their business plan concepts to a panel of judges (for educational purposes) as the Capstone to the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @ Carlisle program.  The BF TechCelerator @ Carlisle is located at 453 Lincoln ... (more)

2014 Shale Gas Innovation Contest Finalists Named in $100,000 Contest

On May 15, 2014, the Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center ( will announce the four winners of their Shale Gas Innovation Contest.  More than 80 applicants entered this year’s competition, and 13 Finalists have been named.  Each winner will receive a check for $25,000. Click on ... (more)

Four Startups Receive Investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP

STATE COLLEGE, PA – For more than 30 years, Ben Franklin Technology Partners has been investing in central and northern Pennsylvania’s entrepreneurs, tech-based start-ups, and small manufacturers.  The Center’s goal is to support the development of innovative technologies, which when commercialized, create new companies and more job opportunities ... (more)

10-week TechCelerator @ State College is Taking Applications until March 28

The TechCelerator @State College is inviting area entrepreneurs to participate in their next 10-Week Boot Camp for business startups. This exciting program has launched 20 companies in the first two years!  If you have a new, tech-based business idea that you’ve been wondering how to commercialize, this Boot Camp is ... (more)

Ben Franklin Announces Two Winners of BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest!

Two startups that entered the BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest have each won $25,000 cash prizes from Ben Franklin Technology Partners. The first winner, Nina Jenkins with Penn State University’s Department of Entomology and her business partner, Giovani Bellicanta, have developed a patent-pending, non-toxic, bio-pesticide that successfully removes and ... (more)

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Linear Acoustic

Linear Acoustic® is the leading authority in multichannel loudness control, upmixing, and distribution solutions for digital television. (more)

Interview with TechCelerator Entrepreneurs

See an interview with the three emerging entrepreneurs who recently presented their business plan concepts to a panel of potential investors and industry professionals as the Capstone to the two month Ben Franklin TechCelerator program. (more)

Take a Virtual Tour of the TechCelerator

Take a virtual tour of the TechCelerator,  a designated, shared workspace located in the HRC-CREDC Business Incubator.  Participants receive $1,000 in a seed account to get them started on developing their business plan. Successful candidates who complete the program can compete for $10,000 to jump start their business. (more)

Pro Barrier Engineering LLC

Pro Barrier Engineering LLC is a Pennsylvania-based company that designs and builds anti-terrorism vehicle barriers and provides related perimeter security. (more)


Reclamere is a secure IT asset management company.  The company also develops and deploys certified digital data destruction and recovery services. (more)

Soft Genetics

SoftGenetics, LLC is an established leader in the genetic analysis software market, and has become the world leader in providing effective, biologist friendly, easy-to-use, software tools. (more)

A Ben Franklin-Funded Company, BRL Solutions, Received NSF Food Grade Approval for TrickShot™

ERIE, PA –NSF International, a public health and safety company that writes standards for food, water, and consumer goods, has given BRL Solutions’ Trick Shot™ an H-1 lubricant rating which approves it for use in food and beverage processing areas. Click here to learn more:    BRL NSF Approval


On September 18, 2012, the Center’s Board of Directors approved an investment totaling $370,000 in four companies located in the 32-county footprint served by the program.   To learn more, click here:  9-18-12 BFTP/CNP Board Meeting    

Erie Innovation Fund Investment Helps Four Local Start-Ups Get Started

ERIE, PA — Since the first announcement in March, 2011, regarding the Erie Innovation Fund - a partnership between Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) - there have been dozens of inquires about how to access this exciting opportunity that provides ... (more)

Writing for the Web Seminar

Web copywriting expert, Holly Buchanan, is sharing her expertise on how to create online content that produces optimal results.  Click for more details:   Writing for the Web

Erie Innovation Fund Invests in Two Local Companies

ERIE, PA — The Erie Innovation Fund, a partnership between the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority and Ben Franklin Technology Partners, recently invested in two Erie-based start-ups: CE Convergence, LLC and @Home FMS, LLC. (more)

Ben Franklin Invests $1.7 Million in Pennsylvania Tech-Companies

Click here to learn more:  Ben Franklin Invests $1.7 Million in PA 

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