Partner News

Legacy of Pioneering Venture Capitalist Lives

March 19, 2017

One year ago this month, the sudden passing of Brenda Gavin — a pioneer in the venture capital industry — stunned the region’s life sciences industry. But her legacy has lived on thanks in part to an investment fund geared to women-led companies that was launched nearly two years ago by Ben Franklin Technology Partners […]

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Upcoming Event: Chime in on the Future of Health IT Growth in Philly

January 12, 2017

Last December, Philly’s potential for health IT growth got a boost. Alongside Safeguard Scientifics and Independence Blue Cross, we announced a $6 million fund for early-stage health IT companies in the Greater Philadelphia region. And now, we’re hosting a chat on what that growth should look like. On Jan. 31, execs from each of the partnering organizations will take your […]

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A Partnership Ripe for the Region

December 9, 2016

At Philly Startup Leaders’ Founder Factory event yesterday, the $6M Ben Franklin/Independence Health Group/Safeguard digital health funding initiative was announced. Safeguard’s David Luk shared the organization’s perspective on why the time is right for the partnership. By now, most people are aware of Safeguard’s rich history of fostering innovation and supporting entrepreneurs along their path to disruption. Our […]

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See Which Companies Made the Final Cut to Pitch Investors at IMPACT 2016

November 17, 2016

The major mid-atlantic capital investment conference IMPACT will kick off in just four weeks in Philadelphia, bringing together more than a thousand players from the venture capital, private equity and entrepreneurship communities for the day-and-a-half conference. IMPACT, run by Philadelphia Alliance for Capital Technologies, or PACT, gives up and coming companies the chance to present […]

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Pennovation Center Poised to Rewire Science, Spirit of Entrepreneurship

October 31, 2016

Every shimmering detail of the University of Pennsylvania’s new business incubator and lab is cutting edge, right down the 3D printed scissors ushered on stage by a robot to cut the ceremonial ribbon. Over the past few months, the futuristic Pennovation Center has quietly gotten to work on a mission that seeks nothing less than […]

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Why PACT’s new rebranding isn’t really about PACT

October 20, 2016

After six years of working to better position the region’s high-tech ecosystem for success PACT, the Philadelphia Alliance for Capital Technologies, is finally giving its own brand some self care. The group, affiliated with the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, officially unveiled the products of its complete brand re-boot on Friday morning. The rebranding, […]

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Philly universities about to get a DOD windfall for smart fabrics

April 1, 2016

Philadelphia universities already deep into research on smart fabrics and wearable technology will earn a major boost from the Department of Defense on Friday that could jump-start the next big things in “smart wear” for health, security, communications, energy, and fashion. Holding court Friday morning at MIT, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is announcing $75 […]

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Meet the AWE Ventures Funded Companies

April 1, 2016

Attend Women Funding Innovation through Angel Investing – Presented by AWE Ventures powered by Ben Franklin. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Hosted by 1847 Financial 161 Washington St, Suite 700 Conshohocken, PA 19428 4:00 – 6:00pm      Program 6:00 – 7:30pm      Networking and Company Updates This is your last chance to register to meet the […]

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A new startup investment program is coming to Philadelphia

March 25, 2016

Ben Franklin Technology Partners is working with D.C.-based Village Capital to drum up attention for Philly’s tech community. Interestingly, the local effort will focus on fintech startups. Ben Franklin Technology Partners Director Omar Mencin and spokesman Jason Bannon are heading to Salt Lake City Thursday to represent Philadelphia in a new program to drive investment dollars to […]

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GPCC 34th Annual Excellence Awards

March 24, 2016

This year marks the 34th Annual Excellence Awards celebration by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The awards acknowledge the accomplishments of regional businesses and the contributions they make to our regional economy. Nominated by their peers throughout our 11-county region, the awards are presented in 10 categories. Award Categories Include: Workplace Vitality Company of […]

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