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Ben Franklin Technology Partners Ignites Innovation with Strategic Investments!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA is not merely investing in startups; it’s championing their dreams and helping them navigate the exciting terrain of technological innovation. Ben Franklin is proud to announce its recent investments in three remarkable tech companies based in central and northern Pennsylvania.

These strategic investments will empower these startups to push the boundaries and bring their groundbreaking products, processes, and software applications to life. The funding provided by Ben Franklin is a catalyst for rapid growth and innovation. It fuels various aspects of startup development, including prototype creation, rigorous product testing, recruitment of top-tier talent, and boosting overall sales.

At the September Board meeting, Ben Franklin Technology Partners approved funding for the following companies:





Next Chapters, located in Erie, empowers aspiring writers to become published authors by leveraging online platform tools and services to facilitate storytelling and complete novels. Next Chapters offers a substantial writing platform, combining collaborative writing tools, a vibrant marketplace of services, artificial intelligence, and publishing services to empower individuals in the completion of their stories.

spotLESS Materials, located in State College, developed a coating technology designed to prevent fouling due to liquid, sludge-like materials, ice, bacteria, proteins, and more – in several form factors for several verticals. Specifically, spotLESS Materials develops antifouling coatings for specific customer applications for business-to-business applications. SpotLESS also offers a Home Collection line of products applied to toilets, sinks and fixtures, glass and mirrors, an Automotive Collection, and a Windshield Treatment Kit.