DCED Davin Talks Technology Investment at ‘Jobs that Pay’ tour at Ben Franklin TechCelerator @ State College in Centre County

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin today continued his "Jobs that Pay" tour at the Ben Franklin TechCelerator @ State College, business incubator and entrepreneurial support system, to highlight Governor Wolf's commitment to support entrepreneurs ... (more)

Ben Franklin Announces Appointment of Regional Director in South Central PA

Harrisburg, PA - Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA is pleased to announce that Mr. Richard Heddleson has accepted the position of Regional Director for the program’s South Central office located in Harrisburg. With a service territory that includes Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, and York ... (more)

Future Edge Consulting and Project TEAM Each Went Home With a Cash Prize of $5,000!

State College, PA – On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, the BF TechCelerator@State College awarded cash prizes totaling $10,000 to two graduates of their 10-Week Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs.  A standing-room only crowd heard eight minute presentations from six entrepreneurs who talked about the market they are entering, the problem their product ... (more)

AND THE WINNER IS . . . . AcousticSheep LLC!

ERIE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners is pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the BIG IDEA contest is Dr. Wei-Shin Lai and her team with AcousticSheep LLC. The company, which is located right off Peninsula Drive in Ebco Business Park, is developing software and phone apps, that ... (more)


BELLEFONTE, PA – In January of 2009, local entrepreneur, Paul Silvis turned 100% of Restek® Corporation’s ownership over to its employees under an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). A business unit of the company, Restek Performance Coatings (RPC) was acquired by Silvis and a core group of RPC employees, thus ... (more)

TechCelerator@State College Receives i6/Cluster Grant

University Park, PA —U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that the TechCelerator@State College is among the first of 26 recipients of the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies program grants. Penn State University received a $500,000 i6/Cluster Grant for Seed Capital Funds to further develop the TechCelerator@ State College, a ... (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)

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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