Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests $2.4 Million in PA Startups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                  August 1, 2014 For further information: Liz Wilson, Ben Franklin Technology Partners/ CNP 814-898-6650 / STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA, announced today that 20 companies, located in the 32-county footprint served by the Center, will receive an ... (more)

There’s Money Out There!

On Tuesday, August 12, Join Ben Franklin Technology Partners for a “Get-To-Know Us, Get-Together” in Knowledge Park!  While enjoying refreshments ~ Get an update on the availability of local seed money through Ben Franklin’s Investment Programs. If you need growth capital, come meet Bob Graham with Penn Venture Partners. Find out from Kelly ... (more)

A Member of the “Ben Franklin Family” Makes Gaming Safer for your Family

YORK, PA – Do you know what personal information is being captured by games your kids are playing on smartphones or tablets?  You might be surprised to find that many popular games capture device information, location, names, birth dates, and more while your child plays. As updated on July ... (more)

Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center Announces the Second Annual Environmental, Health, & Safety Award Competition

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Applications are now being accepted from Pennsylvania-based small businesses, entrepreneurs, or university researchers who have a proposed or commercially available new technological advancement in the EH&S area for the shale gas industry. The application is available at Applications will be accepted until August 1, ... (more)

Executive Director of Ben Franklin’s Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center Named to Prestigious Panel of Judges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       June 19, 2014 Executive Director of Ben Franklin's Shale Gas Innovation and Commercialization Center Named to Prestigious Panel of Judges  STATE COLLEGE, PA – Bill Hall, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania-based Shale Gas Innovation & Commercialization Center (, was recently named a judge for this ... (more)

Four Winners Announced at $100,000 Shale Gas Innovation Contest Finals Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    May 19, 2014 PITTSBURGH, PA –On May 15th in Southpointe, PA, during the 3rd Annual Shale Gas Innovation Contest the following four companies each walked away with a winner’s check for $25,000: KCF Technologies, Inc. - SmartDiagnostics® wireless system that enables low cost predictive maintenance for rotating O&G Equipment NG ... (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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