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Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests in 15 PA Startups!

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA has been investing in tech-startups and small manufacturers for more than 35 years.  Our program’s funding is the financial bridge that links a startup’s assets to future investment opportunities from banks, angel, or venture capital groups. In order to best support our…

The TechCelerator@State College Announces Winner: Kevin Houser with Lyralux!

State College, PA – On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, the Ben Franklin TechCelerator@State College awarded a cash prize to the winner of its latest Business Startup Accelerator.  Five area entrepreneurs, who had been attending the Tuesday evening sessions for the past ten weeks, made pitches to a panel of local judges about their business concepts….

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…

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…

U.S. Department of Commerce Grants $300,000 to 1855 Capital Project

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA (Ben Franklin), 1855 Capital Fund I, L.P. (1855 Capital) and The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) have been awarded a $300,000 grant through the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. Ben Franklin will use…