Ben’s Founder Friday: Morgan Berman

September 18, 2017

When I met Morgan Berman a few years ago I didn’t know who she was and what she had contributed to Philly’s tech community. I knew the first iteration of MilkCrate from my own exploration in sustainable living, but the person behind the product was a mystery. When we finally met at an event she […]

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Five Female Founders you Should Know

August 15, 2017

Ben Franklin Technology Partners highlights five female founders from our portfolio company and their growing companies. Meet women from around the Philadelphia area making a splash in tech.   WHO: Morgan Berman WHAT: MilkCrate If you are involved in the Philly tech community and don’t know this name, we would be suprised. Morgan has taken […]

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Twelve Health Companies Creating an Impact in our Region

July 28, 2017

When you talk about trends in tech there are two mentions that you cannot leave out: impact and health technology. Philadelphia has blossomed into a burgeoning hub for startups in health technology. With pillars in the industry like Siemens Healthcare, Independence Blue Cross, and Teva Pharmaceuticals headquartered in the city, Philly has been dubbed the Silicon […]

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Optofluidics Announces Name Change to Halo Labs

April 18, 2017

Optofluidics today announced that it’s changing its corporate name to Halo Labs. The move comes after the company changed focus to making analytical tools for biopharmaceutical quality control. “We are excited about this new market, our new brand and our new technology,” says CEO Robert Hart. Founders Bernardo Cordovez, Robert Hart and David Erickson have […]

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AlphaPoint Announces Completion of Blockchain Trial with Scotiabank

March 2, 2017

AlphaPoint, a fintech company specializing in blockchain technology, has completed a successful proof of technology with Scotiabank, an international bank headquartered in Toronto, Canada. As a result, Scotiabank was able to explore and evaluate how AlphaPoint’s Distributed Ledger Platform can be leveraged internally across a range of use cases. Companies trade trillions of dollars annually […]

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Personnel Profile: Jerry Leimkuhler Joins Ben Franklin as Entrepreneur-in-Residence

January 30, 2017

We’re proud to announce that Gerard J F Leimkuhler Jr. (“Jerry”) has recently become Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania.   Jerry has come into Ben Franklin specifically to provide assistance to the companies in our investment portfolio. He’ll be working with our three primary sectors: Information Technology, Health and Digital Health, and Physical […]

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High tech pillbox helps patients stay on track with medications

August 18, 2016

For patients with complicated medical conditions, keeping track of which pills to take and at what times can be confusing. As a result, studies find that about 50 percent of people with conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure fail to take their medications as prescribed. That has major consequences, both in terms of patient […]

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PitchBook wonders which U.S. cites generate best VC returns?

June 9, 2016

Here’s a hint: we like this list. Says PitchBook: Although the Bay Area undeniably holds the crown for the most active startup locale, there are many other vibrant communities throughout the U.S. with founders creating game-changing companies. Cities like Austin, Boston, New York and Seattle immediately come to mind, all fostering growing startups, as well […]

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Penn contest singles out two apps

April 22, 2016

Picking two winners to fund at Thursday’s Third AppitUP Demo Day sponsored by the Penn Center for Innovation wasn’t easy, said an apologetic judge Omar Mencin, a director of Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Culled from a field of 313 submissions from 10 schools across the University of Pennsylvania, all six app finalists presenting before the […]

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Brenda Gavin, Founder of Phila.-based VC firm dies at 67

March 23, 2016

Brenda Gavin, one of the first female venture capitalists who helped guide dozens of local biotechnology firms in their early days, passed away unexpectedly last week at age 67. Gavin — a Missouri native who originally set out to become a veterinarian — was one of the founders of Quaker Partners, a Philadelphia venture capital […]

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