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Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests in 13 PA Startups!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – The Board of Directors for Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA recently approved investments totaling nearly $1.4 million in thirteen startups located in the Center’s 32-county footprint . While each of the companies serves different markets and are in various stages of business development, they all took the first important step in turning a good idea into a business reality by applying to Ben Franklin for funding and business mentoring.

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The companies listed below were awarded funding:


  • Sustainable Composites LLC, located in Lancaster, PA, uses a proprietary technology to extract leather fibers from tannery waste. The result is a sustainable composite material, Enspire ™, which can be used as a smart alternative to leather. Visit
  • Benefix, LLC, located in Lancaster, PA, developed a platform that automates and simplifies the complex process used by brokers to sell and enroll benefit products on line. Visit
  • Share Tempus, Inc., located in York, PA, developed a patent-pending Software as-a-Service product that enables property protection for owners and renters in the “sharing economy”. Visit
  • TZero R&D, LLC, located in Altoona, PA, specializes in the development and application of acoustic sensing technologies which can detect the presence of harmful gases such as hydrogen. Visit
  • InnoH2O, LLC, located in Somerset, PA, developed a reliable, scalable, low-maintenance Laundry Water Reuse System that allows their customers to mitigate/curtail process water use in the commercial and industrial sectors. Visit
  • CRIMEWATCH Technologies, Inc., located in Carlisle, PA, developed a technology that rapidly distributes information into geo-targeted communities using a connected network of controlled websites, social media sites, mobile apps, and TV Kiosks. Visit
  • Data Inventions, Inc., located in Erie, PA, provides a cloud-based, SaaS application that enables manufacturers to connect the data from their ERP systems and machines allowing for real-time visibility on production performance. Visit
  • Institute on Health Care Directives, located in Erie, PA, guides patients in determining their end-of-life and critical care decisions and allows for the digital presentation of those wishes to be securely accessed by health care and emergency professionals. Visit
  • Site Twenty Ten, LLC, located in Port Matilda, PA, developed a proprietary platform designed to offer flexible frameworks that help financial advisors create websites that are user friendly as well as industry compliant relative to archiving. Visit
  • Wrivo, LLC, located in Johnstown, PA, developed a solution that allows gamers, or any computer user, to improve the precision of their hand movements while also minimizing wrist stress. Visit
  • Ocunova, located in Harrisburg, PA, developed a new therapeutic treatment for diabetic related dry-eye syndrome which can result in corneal damage if not corrected. For more information, contact Mike Shine at 610-733-0446.
  • SoftGenetics, LLC, located in State College, PA, is a leading provider of services to the world-wide DNA community which includes Mitotyping analysis of hair and bone fragments from cold cases, disasters, and crime scenes. Visit
  • eLoop LLC, located in State College, PA, is working with a research partner, Kemetco Research, in an attempt to commercialize a new, environmentally responsible method for separating lead from the glass used in CRTs and older-style TV and computer tubes.