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Erie Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Investments Fuel New Startups

The Erie community came together today to celebrate local innovators who’ve successfully made the leap from start-up to up-and-running.

Nearly 30 companies either received or paid funds forward to contribute to new startups, totaling an amount of more than $9.4 million.

Investments were contributed by local and regional entrepreneurial support resources helping to drive the entrepreneurial ecosystem and economic impact of our region, including Ben Franklin Technology Partners / Central & Northern PA; the Hartman Innovation Fund in partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners and The Erie Community FoundationErie Technology Incubator and Small Business Development Center at Gannon UniversityErie Regional Chamber and Growth PartnershipErie County Redevelopment Authority and Underdog Small Business Fund.

These partners came together at today’s event to celebrate the success of the companies to which they’ve contributed valuable funding, expertise and mentoring that has supported the development of new products and processes in many local startups.

The success of each of the companies recognized at the event either resulted in a sale or merger or created the opportunity for the funding organizations’ original investments to be repaid and the dollars re-deployed into our community. Emerging startups were then able to receive funding as a result.

Some of the startups who received funding included Alex & Thea, LLC; Erie Development Company; FIXED HHS; Next Chapters; PSNergy, Inc.; Werner Books and more.

Ben Franklin's 2023 Big Check Event Featuring Rebecca Styn

Ben Franklin's 2023 Big Check Event Featuring Brian Slawin

Ben Franklin's 2023 Big Check Event Featuring Brad Gleason