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LARGE MULTI-NATIONAL CORPORATION PUTS A “NEW SPIN” ON A SMALL LOCAL MANUFACTURER

ERIE, PA – More than 15 years ago, a Penn State Erie faculty member, Tom Briselden and his team at Spin-Works LLC, developed an innovative, silicon-carbide radiant tube insert called a SpyroCor.  The twisted “Y” design produced non-turbulent, high convection flow creating a high rate of uniform heat transfer.  At the time, there were more…

Global Leader in Salivary Bioscience is Grateful for Ben Franklin’s Investment

State College, PA – Salimetrics, a company that is widely regarded as a global leader in salivary bioscience, got its start nearly 20 years ago with an investment from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and then received additional funding from the program for a buyout of early-stage investors in 2012.  The founder of the company, Dr….

In Just Eight Short Weeks You Could Be On The Way To Launching A Tech-StartUP!

Johnstown, PA – If you have a new, tech-based business idea, or you are developing an innovative product, process, or software application, you’ll want to check out this program!  As part of the Startup Alleghenies initiative, the BF TechCelerator@Johnstown is providing a business startup accelerator, along with one-on-one mentoring sessions, for emerging tech-entrepreneurs. Beginning Tuesday, July…

Ryan Harris With Noodigs Made a Prize Winning Pitch!

HARRISBURG, PA – On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Ryan Harris with Noodigs along with three other tech–entrepreneurs had the opportunity to pitch their business concept to a panel of local judges.  Ryan, who developed an innovative realty services software that is modernizing home sale transactions, took home a $10,000 cash prize! The pitch event was…

YOUR “BIG IDEA” COULD WIN YOU UP TO $50,000!

LANCASTER, PA – Why Should You Enter Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest? Because you want to WIN!  The prize money will be a great way to put some cash into your startup. However, the business mentoring, networking opportunities, and feedback from experts are often just as valuable as the cash. If you’ve been thinking about…

YOUR “BIG IDEA” COULD WIN YOU UP TO $50,000!

LANCASTER, PA – Why Should You Enter Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Contest? Because you want to WIN!  The prize money will be a great way to put some cash into your startup. However, the business mentoring, networking opportunities, and feedback from experts are often just as valuable as the cash. If you’ve been thinking about…

OPPORTUNITY: DIRECTOR OF FUND OPERATIONS

 1855 Capital is a portfolio company in the Ben Franklin Technology PArtners network. Ben Franklin is an early stage investor that invests both money and business support resources in the success of our portfolio companies. Our portfolio companies, like 1855 Capital, offer career opportunities in entrepreneurial startups throughout much of Pennsylvania.  Ben Franklin Technology Partners…

Ben Franklin and Candy Factory Coworking Community to Offer Business Startup Boot Camps!

Lancaster, PA – With funding support from the BB&T Economic Growth Fund at the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Ben Franklin Technology Partners/CNP and the Candy Factory Coworking Community are pleased to announce a new program designed to increase the growth of entrepreneurial activity in Lancaster County.  “We thank BB&T Bank and the Lancaster Community Foundation…

INVESTMENT DECISIONS IN STARTUPS ARE BEST MADE WITH YOUR HEAD – NOT YOUR HEART

Investing in a friends’ startup can be risky business -especially for seniors. A recent article in a Philly paper, relayed the story of how in 2013 a father, who was then 82, and his daughter lost nearly a quarter of a million dollars investing in a startup run by a friend whose expertise was in…

Central PA has all the Resources, Assets, and Talent Necessary to Support Emerging World-Class Startups.

For the past fifteen years, I’ve had the privilege of leading the largest early-stage investor group in the region, Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Our particular Center covers a 32-county footprint in the Commonwealth that naturally includes Central Pennsylvania. During my tenure as President and CEO, I’ve had the opportunity to meet first-hand hundreds of tech-entrepreneurs…