GO PA Fund Makes First Investments

Jason Bannon, Ben Franklin

Audigent and LoanStar receive first investments from Ben Franklin’s statewide fund for growth stage ventures 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (March 7, 2024)—Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (“Ben Franklin”), a leading seed stage capital provider, today announced that its Global Opportunity Pennsylvania Fund II, L.P. (“GO PA Fund”) has made its first investments in two rapidly growing technology enterprises. The GO PA Fund provides growth stage investments in technology-focused companies selected from current and future portfolio companies of the Pennsylvania statewide network of Ben Franklin Technology Partner nonprofit entities. 

GO PA Fund’s first investments were with the following companies: 


Audigent is a leading data activation, curation and identity platform. Audigent’s pioneering data platform unlocks the power of privacy-safe, first-party data to maximize cookieless addressability and media monetization. 

LoanStar Technologies 

LoanStar Technologies LLC is a pioneering force in banking technology, focusing on embedded lending services. The company’s MerchantLinQ platform empowers lenders to provide instant point-of-sale finance through local merchants, offering control over loan underwriting and branded products. 

 “The GO PA Fund continues to attract new capital that allows Pennsylvania’s innovative homegrown companies to keep growing,” said Scott Nissenbaum, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ben Franklin, and President of the GO PA Fund’s general partner. “Audigent and LoanStar are outstanding examples of how Pennsylvania-born technologies continue to pioneer new solutions while creating meaningful opportunity for investors.”  

 The GO PA Fund completed its first close in October 2023, and seeks to make investments of $1 million to $5 million per company, depending on the final fund size.  Anchor investors include Ben Franklin and Fulton Bank, as well as notable commitments from the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA), WSFS Bank, Robin Hood Ventures and Investors Circle. The GO PA Fund seeks up to $100 million in capital commitments, and intends to primarily invest in follow-on investments selected from over 600 current and future portfolio companies of the statewide network of four Ben Franklin Technology Partner entities, serving Southeastern Pennsylvania, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Central and Northern Pennsylvania, and Southwestern Pennsylvania.  

 To learn more about the GO PA Fund, visit www.gopafund.com 





Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (“Ben Franklin”) is the Philadelphia region’s Partners with a Purpose. Nationally ranked among the most active seed and early-stage investors, Ben Franklin helps high-growth innovative enterprises plant and nurture their roots, creating both immediate connections and lasting economic growth. The nonprofit has supported more than 2,000 companies to deliver an impact of more than $5 billion and 32,000 jobs in the Philadelphia region. Whether in tech, life sciences, manufacturing, or industries and breakthroughs yet discovered, Ben Franklin works to raise the community of innovation higher, to benefit present and future generations of Pennsylvanians. Visit us at www.partnerswithapurpose.org, or follow us at @bftp_sep.   

This press release is not, and should not be construed as, an offer, invitation or recommendation to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any interest in the GO PA Fund.  Limited partnership interests in the GO PA Fund are being offered only to “accredited investors” as such term is defined in Rule 501(a) of Regulation D promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Information about investing in the GO PA Fund is only available in the form of a private placement memorandum and other offering materials (the “Offering Documents”), which will be furnished only to qualified accredited investors on a confidential basis for their consideration in connection with a private offering of limited partnership interests. Prospective investors should review such Offering Documents in their entirety, including the risk factors set forth therein. Ballard Spahr LLP acts as legal counsel to the GO PA Fund, and to its general partner and management company, on U.S. legal matters relating to the organization and management of the GO PA Fund and the offering of limited partnership interests in the GO PA Fund. A copy of the private placement memorandum containing more detailed information about the GO PA Fund, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Ben Franklin Network is available by request.  



Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements”.  Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors as disclosed in the Offering Documents. In addition to these factors, actual future performance, outcomes, and results may differ materially because of more general factors including (without limitation) general industry and market conditions and growth rates, economic conditions, governmental and public policy changes. The forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Ben Franklin’s and the GO PA Fund’s views as of the date of this press release and those views could change. While Ben Franklin, the GO PA Fund and/or their affiliates or representatives may elect to update the forward-looking statements contained herein at some point in the future, they each specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Ben Franklin’s or the GO PA Fund’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of the press release.