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That Was Fast: Philly Startup Leaders Now Has up to $550K Committed to Fund Underrepresented Founders

June 17, 2020

As protests against systemic racism took over every state in the country, and in cities across the world in the last few weeks, talks of how race and diversity is handled within the tech community highlighted the fact that there’s often fewer funding opportunities for entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds. It’s not a new issue to […]

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How Philly Startup Leaders Turned a Tweet Into $450K for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

June 17, 2020

It started with an email, followed by a tweet, and led to almost half a million dollars in new grant funds for underrepresented entrepreneurs. On May 31, after protests against police brutality and systemic racism began spreading across the country, Philly Startup Leaders Executive Director Kiera Smalls sent an email to a list of roughly […]

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How Philly Startup Leaders Turned a Tweet Into $450K for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs

June 16, 2020

It started with an email, followed by a tweet, and led to almost half a million dollars in new grant funds for underrepresented entrepreneurs. On May 31, after protests against police brutality and systemic racism began spreading across the country, Philly Startup Leaders Executive Director Kiera Smalls sent an email to a list of roughly […]

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Pa.’s Investments in Innovation Paying off in Fight Against COVID-19

May 21, 2020

Ben Franklin Technology Partners has long been focused on supporting revolutionary technological developments that improve the human condition and address critical challenges now and in the future. That mission takes on an entirely new meaning today as our state and nation come together to respond to this pandemic. With cases of COVID-19 confirmed in every […]

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Innovation Ecosystems Remain PA’s Best Opportunity to Recover and Grow. We Must Invest Accordingly.

May 12, 2020

When most people think ecosystems, they imagine plants and animals sharing a physical environment like a forest or a lake. However, when Ben Franklin Technology Partners thinks of ecosystems, we think of environments that attract startups, foster innovation and drive entrepreneurial success. In other words, the work Ben Franklin conducts in all 67 Pennsylvania counties […]

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SINK OR SWIM Inside the Covid-19 Impact on Philadelphia’s Startups, Investors

April 27, 2020

Running a startup is hard. Talk to any founder and they’ll have a story about hard-fought survival and how grit or a few strokes of luck meant the difference between shutting their company’s doors or raising that next round of cash. During the Covid-19 pandemic, their jobs – and the work of investors who back […]

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Ben Franklin Technology Partners Companies Affected by COVID-19 are Getting $4M From the State

April 27, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) had made $4 million in new funding available to help tech-based companies in Ben Franklin Technology Partners’ (BFTP) portfolio that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will be distributed equally between the state’s four BFTP entities, which operate […]

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Ben Franklin to Deploy $2M to Help Struggling Philly-Area Startups, but Funding Threat Looms

April 24, 2020

The most active seed fund in the Philadelphia region is preparing to deploy $2 million in new capital to help struggling startups stay afloat and help fight the Covid-19 pandemic, but a potential threat to its state funding looms in Harrisburg. Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, a state-backed nonprofit, announced late Thursday it […]

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Ben Franklin Clients Answer Call to Combat COVID-19

April 17, 2020

By Ryan E. Glenn, Director of Statewide Initiatives Ben Franklin Technology Partners Ben Franklin Technology Partners has long been focused on supporting revolutionary technological developments that improve the human condition and address critical challenges now and in the future. That mission takes on an entirely new meaning today as our state and nation come together […]

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Watch the Webinar: “Seeing Capital Options When Visibility Isn’t Clear”

April 15, 2020

Yes, capital is active amidst seemingly crazy conditions, but seeing a path to it isn’t always clear. We spoke to experts from banking, national VC, and local angel networks for insights on how to find new capital, and position your business for its best engagement. Moderated by Scott Nissenbaum, you’ll hear from our panelists David […]

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