Tag Archives: Ben Franklin

What Erich Brenn Can Teach Us About Funding of Start-Ups

Who remembers Erich Brenn?  In these blog posts, I’ve occasionally tried to understand, and explain, the business world I see by comparing it to famous people you’ve probably never heard of.  We’ve previously talked about Don Ho and Jim Riggleman.  And … Continue reading

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Flexibility or Focus…The Founders Dilemma

Yesterday afternoon I had yet another opportunity to participate in a Tiger Session for one of my clients.   Well, I didn’t so much participate as much as spectate and facilitate as our 4 carefully selected tigers went to work tearing … Continue reading

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Maryland stepping up…Follows Pennsylvania’s Time-Proven Strategy

I was somewhat disheartened to read in the Maryland Daily Record, that Maryland was moving ahead with a plan to invest $70 million in high tech start up firms.  Pennsylvania has long been a leader among states in that business.  … Continue reading

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SBIR/STTR…Defense of a Government Acronym (part 2)

Last week, I wrote Part 1 of this post that provided a little background on the SBIR/STTR program.  This federal government legislation is in the process of being revised and, hopefully, readopted.  It basically assures that ~2% of all federal government … Continue reading

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Battery Powered Trucks to be Made Again at Former Mack Plant

This story doesn’t need much of an introduction.  Battery-powered truck maker ZeroTruck has received some Ben Franklin funding.  They will begin operating from the Bridgeworks Enterprise Center in Allentown.  As many of you may know, the Bridgeworks incubator is housed … Continue reading

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Yeah, We Need More Finish-Ups…

Excellent post from Don Dodge.  http://dondodge.typepad.com/the_next_big_thing/2011/03/start-ups-we-need-more-finish-ups.html While he probably isn’t aware of us, Ben Franklin Technology Partners TechVentures, and other incubators, have been focused on finish-ups for a long, long time.  Our conversion rate of start-ups still in business after … Continue reading

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Ben Franklin incubator needs more space

Nice coverage of our TechVentures expansion…LV start-up economy is thriving http://www.mcall.com/business/outlook/mc-outlook-allentown-tech-2-20110312,0,661194.story

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