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STATE COLLEGE, PA – Every year, dozens of PA startups get their start with Ben Franklin Technology Partners. The largest early-stage investor in the region, Ben Franklin provides startup funding and business support services to emerging tech-entrepreneurs and small manufacturers located in central and northern Pennsylvania. .  At the March 2019 Board of Director’s meeting, four more companies were approved to receive an investment from the program:

Located in Erie, PA, Video Directives will receive funding to further support the development and rollout of their tele-medicine technology as well as marketing and sales efforts related to their customized, medically accurate end of life and critical care wishes.  MIDEO® ID Cards replace paper-based advanced care directives. Visit

 Also located in Erie, PA, ShiftR, is an API-based software platform designed to mange the collection and trade-in of used electronics – such as cell phones – that are sold in secondary markets.  The platform handles all aspects of the interaction including cataloging of products, pricing, condition rules, reverse logistics, shipping, and CRM functions.  Contact Sean Michaels at

Located in Hermitage, PA, Baby Arrival Monitor (BAM), is the world’s first mobile communication tool that creates a virtual waiting room for friends and family who want to be informed about the arrival of a new baby. BAM not only saves communication time during the delivery process, but allows for detailed, private conversations among pre-designated parties. Visit

Magnitude Instruments, located in State College, PA, provides high-performance, nanosecond, transient absorption spectrometers to those conducting research in areas such as material, biological, and chemical sciences.  The company currently sells two different instruments that operate in different regions of the light spectrum to address current needs in the market. Visit