Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation Center Seeking Grant Applicants to Advance New Technologies

For further information: Bill Hall/Executive Director Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (SGICC) 814-863-4881/ Ben Franklin Shale Gas Innovation Center Seeking Grant Applicants to Advance New Technologies STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center ( is currently seeking companies, entrepreneurs, or university researchers located in the State ... (more)

Are You a Small Manufacturer or Entrepreneur with a Big Idea?

You Could Win a Prize Package Valued at $200,000!  Have you been thinking about developing a new, innovative product or process? Then, you need to think about Ben Franklin Technology Partners! Most people either know us from our Business Plan Contests, our affiliation with Penn State University, or because we have ... (more)


State College, Pa. (October 22, 2014)–Atoptix LLC has been selected as a finalist in the $2.25M Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global competition to develop breakthrough medical sensing technologies that will ultimately enable faster diagnoses and easier personal health monitoring. Atoptix’s smartphone-based optical spectroscopic sensor enables tracking and monitoring of health conditions, ... (more)

Ben Franklin “Alum” Company’s Journey from the Kitchen Table to the NASDAQ Exchange!

YORK, PA - In the early 1990’s, a small company founded in York, PA, called Turtle Beach Systems, approached Ben Franklin’s office in South Central Pennsylvania, for funding. Roy Smith and his partner, Robert Hoke needed the money to help bring a digital audio recording system to market. Turtle Beach’s ... (more)

Ben Franklin Invests $10,000 in Professor’s Crowd-Funding Project

Erie, PA – Kristan Wheaton, a Mercyhurst University professor, has developed a way to encourage entrepreneurship, beat brain drain, and help foster a local “startup culture” – it’s called Quickstarter. Wheaton’s Quickstarter initiative is designed to create excitement around startup activity. By identifying potential entrepreneurs, who already have great ideas as ... (more)


STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center ( announced their 2nd Annual Shale Gas Environmental, Health, & Safety (EH&S) Award at the SHALE INSIGHT 2014™ Technology Showcase event. The Technology Showcase, sponsored by the SGICC, is the highlight of the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s SHALE ... (more)

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Linear Acoustic

Linear Acoustic® is the leading authority in multichannel loudness control, upmixing, and distribution solutions for digital television. (more)

Interview with TechCelerator Entrepreneurs

See an interview with the three emerging entrepreneurs who recently presented their business plan concepts to a panel of potential investors and industry professionals as the Capstone to the two month Ben Franklin TechCelerator program. (more)

Take a Virtual Tour of the TechCelerator

Take a virtual tour of the TechCelerator,  a designated, shared workspace located in the HRC-CREDC Business Incubator.  Participants receive $1,000 in a seed account to get them started on developing their business plan. Successful candidates who complete the program can compete for $10,000 to jump start their business. (more)

Pro Barrier Engineering LLC

Pro Barrier Engineering LLC is a Pennsylvania-based company that designs and builds anti-terrorism vehicle barriers and provides related perimeter security. (more)


Reclamere is a secure IT asset management company.  The company also develops and deploys certified digital data destruction and recovery services. (more)

Soft Genetics

SoftGenetics, LLC is an established leader in the genetic analysis software market, and has become the world leader in providing effective, biologist friendly, easy-to-use, software tools. (more)

A Ben Franklin-Funded Company, BRL Solutions, Received NSF Food Grade Approval for TrickShot™

ERIE, PA –NSF International, a public health and safety company that writes standards for food, water, and consumer goods, has given BRL Solutions’ Trick Shot™ an H-1 lubricant rating which approves it for use in food and beverage processing areas. Click here to learn more:    BRL NSF Approval


On September 18, 2012, the Center’s Board of Directors approved an investment totaling $370,000 in four companies located in the 32-county footprint served by the program.   To learn more, click here:  9-18-12 BFTP/CNP Board Meeting    

Erie Innovation Fund Investment Helps Four Local Start-Ups Get Started

ERIE, PA — Since the first announcement in March, 2011, regarding the Erie Innovation Fund - a partnership between Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) and the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) - there have been dozens of inquires about how to access this exciting opportunity that provides ... (more)

Writing for the Web Seminar

Web copywriting expert, Holly Buchanan, is sharing her expertise on how to create online content that produces optimal results.  Click for more details:   Writing for the Web

Erie Innovation Fund Invests in Two Local Companies

ERIE, PA — The Erie Innovation Fund, a partnership between the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority and Ben Franklin Technology Partners, recently invested in two Erie-based start-ups: CE Convergence, LLC and @Home FMS, LLC. (more)

Ben Franklin Invests $1.7 Million in Pennsylvania Tech-Companies

Click here to learn more:  Ben Franklin Invests $1.7 Million in PA 

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