Ben Franklin


Programs & Services

Fueling Innovation. Accelerating Commercialization. Driving Entrepreneurial Success. With a focus on the entrepreneur as the ultimate engine of growth, Ben Franklin Technology Partners delivers crucial financial and business resources for technology-driven enterprises in Pennsylvania.

Our four regional headquarters—Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and State College—support and execute the Commonwealth’s technology agenda, build on regional strengths, capitalize on new opportunities and address the specific needs of our diverse communities.

We Provide Access to Capital

BFTP makes direct investments in promising technology-oriented companies throughout the Commonwealth to fund critical commercialization activities and growth needs.

Thanks to our rigorous vetting process, a BFTP investment serves as a key endorsement to other funding sources. This enables our client companies to attract the follow-on investment they need to move beyond startup and into full-fledged commercialization.

BFTP is also an investor in select seed and early-stage PA venture funds, provides support for angel investor groups, sponsors business plan competitions and is involved with initiatives designed to give new entrepreneurs the capital-raising tools to attract funding.

We Provide Access to Knowledge

BFTP couples its financial commitment with a wide range of mentoring, business and technology development services. This includes business plan reviews, technology assessments, intellectual property counsel, marketing advice, operations and fundraising strategies, as well as the establishment, management and support of business incubators and accelerators.


We Provide Access to Networks

BFTP seeds the formation of valuable business and technology networks as well as industry clusters that bring together talented people and innovative ideas. BFTP succeeds in this goal by creating and fostering partnerships among numerous individuals, companies and organizations, including:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Angel investors and venture capitalists
  • Business incubators and university-based centers of excellence
  • Business assistance and economic development organizations
  • University, corporate and federal research labs