Category: Bethlehem
Oct 23

Grooming the next big thing at Ben Franklin Technology Partners

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.

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Oct 16

Get pumped for Venture Idol 2017

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.

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Sep 13

In the Lehigh Valley, a $1.45 million windfall

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.

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Jul 14

On the Way to... Bethlehem Musikfest

Every year, almost a million people head to the Lehigh Valley for the country's largest free music festival, staged in the shadow of Bethlehem's iconic steel stacks. At this year's event (running August 4 through 13) you can check out performances by Santana, LIVE, Toby Keith and many more. When your ears need a break, there's plenty of hoppy brews, tasty eats, local art and outdoor adventures to be had in this rich PA region.

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Mar 14

Lesson #8: Don't believe the hype

Wayne Barz has more advice for startups in his latest "Incubating Innovation" column. Not every hot new thing goes mainstream. Once you've made your first sale, avoid the hype cycle and focus on pushing innovators to adopt your tech-driven product.

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Feb 3

Lesson #7: 1 > 1,000,000

For a startup, nabbing your first sale is a moment worth celebrating. In the latest installment of our 'Incubating Innovation' series, Wayne Barz talks about the journey to that big score, and the challenges that follow.

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