This iconic Pennsylvania institution has been taking startups from great idea to thriving company since 1983, contributing billions to the state's economy. Check out four businesses — one for each of BFTP's regional headquarters — taking advantage of its incubation and acceleration resources to thrive, whether developing next-generation pregnancy tests, fighting bedbugs or saving lives with stroke prevention.
Taking place November 14 in the stunning new Ben Franklin TechVentures West Wing, this annual pitch competition pits regional startups against each other in front of a live audience — think Shark Tank meets American Idol.
Blight removal in Bethlehem, a redeveloped Allentown Metal Works, a master plan for the envisioned Da Vinci Science City in Easton, an expanded business incubator at Lehigh University – all these and more are moving forward thanks to new grants from the BB&T Economic Growth Fund.
Calling all budding entrepreneurs, researchers, software developers and existing small businesses in northern and central PA for this annual contest. Winners will earn cash prizes AND business development opportunities.
Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania and its partners have announced a huge funding initiative to support regional tech startups working to solve social, environmental and health problems.
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.