Ben Franklin’s Business StartUP Boot Camps

Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA (BFTP/CNP) provides startup funding not only for tech-entrepreneurs and small manufacturers, but we also invest in innovative, entrepreneurial development programs that mentor and support emerging startups. With a large footprint comprised of areas with diverse needs, BFTP/CNP has developed a systematic approach to engaging with potential tech entrepreneurs at the…

Shell Petrochemical Complex (“Cracker”) is a Game Changer in PA!

In June 2016, Shell announced their decision to build the ethane cracker plant and petrochemical complex in Beaver County, PA. This announcement has been referred to as a “game changer” by Governor Wolf, and is viewed as a significant economic development catalyst for Pennsylvania. This article is a summary of a more comprehensive white paper…

Privacynq Brief Eases Consumer Privacy Concerns for IoT Products

New standard for easy-to-understand privacy and security disclosures builds consumers’ digital trust in IoT products YORK, Pa. – September 21, 2015 – Today PrivacyCheq ( announced the immediate availability of Privacynq, a new service enabling manufacturers of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to easily and effectively disclose privacy and security practices to consumers of their…

Ben Franklin Invests Nearly $1 Million in PA Startups

STATE COLLEGE, PA – If you are thinking about developing a new, innovative product or process, you need to be thinking about Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA. We have been investing in budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers and small manufacturers for more than 30 years. Check out our new website at…

Where Do You Go If You Need #Startupfunding In PA?

If you are developing a new tech-product, process, or software application, that you intend to commercialize, your personal assets and credit are only going to go so far. Many of the folks we’ve worked with have taken second mortgages on their homes, maxed out their credit cards and raided their pension accounts by the time they get…


LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS AND DOZENS OF INVESTORS WIN! Liz Wilson/Ben Franklin Technology Partners In 2006, Dan Bensur, Kevin Seeker and Bill Catania started a business around an idea to develop a mobile marketing loyalty program, or in other words, a way to redeem coupons from your smart phone. They had done their homework and knew that…

Ben Franklin Portfolio Company, Actuated Medical, Obtains FDA Clearance for TubeClear

Actuated Medical, Inc. announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) determined substantial equivalence of AMI’s TubeClear™ system specific to nasogastric (NG) feeding and decompression tubes.

According to the Pew Study, “The U.S. is Falling Behind on Energy Research?”

The U.S. lags behind many of its G-20 partners in clean energy finance and investment, according to a new study by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Why enter a Business Plan Contest?

Why enter a Business Plan Contest? After all, when done properly, writing a business plan can be very time consuming. A panel of judges you have never met will pass judgment on not only your idea for a new product or service, but how well you define the opportunity and explain the market execution.

Funding Options for Start-Up Companies

The development and commercialization of new technology is a very expensive process. Yet, even today nearly 30 years after the inception of the Ben Franklin program, an entrepreneur or small business owner has very few options when it comes to potential money sources.