For more than 31 years, our partners at Ben Franklin Technology Partners have been investing in Pennsylvania’s future, providing both early-stage, technology-based firms and established manufacturers with funding, business and technical expertise, and access to a stable of expert resources.
While each of the companies serves different markets and are in various stages of development, they all took an important step towards turning a good idea into a business reality by applying for Ben Franklin funding.
Started while the founder was still a Penn State student, Phospholutions has developed a product that boosts the survival rate of transplanted seedlings, makes them more drought-resistant and reduces the environmental consequences of wasted fertilizer. They're coming to a golf course or playing field near you.
The organization's goal is to help lead northeastern Pennsylvania to a better economic future by building partnerships that develop and apply technology for competitive advantage. This latest funding round will boost startups in a wide range of sectors.
On October 10, Case and J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy, will ride into Lancaster, Harrisburg and York on the "Rise of the Rest" tour bus. With its goal of boosting startups outside coastal tech hubs, the initiative is a tremendous opportunity for the region and for fledgling companies seeking a big boost.
A council of engaged advisors can be an essential tool for a startup. In the latest installment of 'Incubating Innovation,' Wayne Barz explains how to curate a board and make the best use of its wisdom.