For its third birthday, ROAR for Good is donating 250 Athenas to Women Against Abuse

from Generocity | November 5, 2017

B Corp ROAR for Good officially launched its flagship wearable safety accessory, Athena, this summer after three years of development. Now, it’s celebrating that milestone […]

ROAR for Good’s Athena Devices are Coming to a Real Estate Agent Near You

from Philly | August 28, 2017

When the Google manifesto grabbed headlines last week, several women in Philly tech went in on the doc and Google’s accountability. Yasmine Mustafa, cofounder of ROAR […]

BBC’s ‘100 Women 2016’ List Features ROAR for Good’s Yasmine Mustafa

from Philly | November 23, 2016

As ROAR for Good keeps working on its flagship Athena product (slated to ship early 2017, last time we checked), […]

ROAR for Good, Dreamit, BioBots, RevZilla featured on CNBC

Nicole Matthesen | October 3, 2016

“Startups are thriving in the City of Brotherly Love.” The final segment in CNBC’s Nightly Business Report dedicated six minutes […]

Help ROAR for Good develop its personal safety app

Nicole Matthesen | August 11, 2016

ROAR for Good hasn’t just been sitting around as the drop date for its flagship Athena product comes around. Together with Philly-based […]

ROAR for Good

from | April 13, 2016

ROAR: Athena now LIVE on Indiegogo

Jason Heritage | October 20, 2015

The rise of the B-Corp business model has been unfolding here in Philadelphia as ROAR for Good, a mission-driven startup, […]

Yasmine Mustafa’s ROAR for Good raises $150K

Jason Heritage | June 24, 2015

It’s the first round of funding for Mustafa’s wearable-tech startup focused on women’s safety. Yasmine Mustafa’s wearable tech startup has […]

Ben Franklin Will Oversee StartUp PHL’s Second Seed Fund, with $3.5M to Start

from Philly | March 24, 2018

After 18 months searching for the right partner, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation has tapped Ben Franklin Technology Partners to […]

Margaret Bradley: Turning Philadelphia Institutions into Impact Investors

ImpactAlpha | February 5, 2018

Margaret Bradley is on a mission to make Philadelphia “the center of the impact investment universe.” Bradley cut her at […]

5 Philly Startups Spotted at CES 2018

from Philly | January 11, 2018

It’s at least a little ironic that Wednesday, at what is arguably the biggest and flashiest technology show in the […]

Ben Franklin Approved 4.4M in 25 Early Stage Companies

Nicole Matthesen | November 16, 2017

Companies approved for funding:   RistCall – Philadelphia County At RistCall, our mission is to improve patient safety & experience, which […]

Local Leaders, National Topics: Women’s Health Innovation

Amanda V. Wagner | September 25, 2017

In 2015, Dan Hilferty, CEO of Independence Blue Cross (IBX), told Philadelphia Magazine that Philly could be the, “Silicon Valley of […]

FY 2017: Ben Franklin Approved $10.7 Million in 62 Companies

Nicole Matthesen | September 5, 2017

Companies Approved: Information Technology: AuDigent CampusESP Choosito! Clear Admit Clem Cloudnexa Cognitive Operational Systems (COSY) EureQa FlockU Haystack Informatics Houwzer […]

ImpactPHL is a Year Old. Here’s What it’s Achieved — and What it’s Still Working On

from Generocity | August 28, 2017

A lot has changed in the past year. For the sake of saving ourselves a political headache, we’ll stick with […]

Five Female Founders you Should Know

Amanda V. Wagner | August 15, 2017

Ben Franklin Technology Partners highlights five female founders from our portfolio company and their growing companies. Meet women from around […]

Ben Franklin Approved 1.7M in 13 Early Stage Companies

Nicole Matthesen | July 31, 2017

Companies approved for funding:   xtraCHEF – Philadelphia County xtraCHEF is an invoice processing and cost intelligence application that prepares the […]

Here’s Who Took Home Enterprise Awards

from Philly | May 23, 2017

What if everyone took the time to share one Philly success story? During the Enterprise Awards, that was the main prompt […]

Ben Franklin Approved 3.7M in 21 Early Stage Companies

Nicole Matthesen | May 17, 2017

Companies approved for funding:   EnviroKure – Philadelphia County EnviroKure’s innovative technology transforms chicken manure into pathogen-free, liquid organic fertilizer with macro- […]

CY 2016: Ben Franklin Approved $10.6 Million in 52 Companies

Nicole Matthesen | March 16, 2017

  Information Technology Zuppler ContentWatch Versify Solutions LLC Kickup Practice Byndr Livegenic Animotion ProNoto AuDigent Sustrana LeagueSide Houwzer FlockU […]

Celebrating International Women’s Day at the PACT Foundation Breakfast

RoseAnn Rosenthal | March 8, 2017

Friends, today was the PACT Foundation Breakfast. The annual event celebrates and supports women-led enterprises and diversity in Philadelphia’s innovation community. […]

Ben Franklin Portfolio Companies Are Headed to SXSW 2017

from Philly | February 11, 2017

It’s all coming together for Philly’s second-annual presence at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017. Led by the effort called Amplify Philly, […]

Attention Startups: Project Liberty is Back! Apply Now.

from Philly | January 27, 2017

Project Liberty is back! The incubator that once housed companies like VUID, ROAR and SocialLadder is now accepting applicants. The deadline to apply is […]

Ben Franklin Approved 3.1M in 12 Early Stage Companies

Nicole Matthesen | November 10, 2016

Companies approved for funding:   LeagueSide – Philadelphia County LeagueSide’s technology platform matches youth sports organizations with sponsors. Through LeagueSide, brands including […]

Philly Geek Award Winners

from | October 19, 2016

Geekadelphia teamed up with Generocity and on Sunday to host the sixth annual Philly Geek Awards, which this year […]

Wells Fargo Supports AWE Ventures—Powered by Ben Franklin

315_admin | May 27, 2016

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Wells Fargo has signed on as a Gold Partner for AWE Ventures – Powered by Ben Franklin. […]

Wells Fargo Supports AWE Ventures—Powered by Ben Franklin

315_admin | May 26, 2016

Wells Fargo Becomes Gold Partner for the women-focused investing and entrepreneurship initiative of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania […]

Fox Alum Launches Anti-Assault Pendant

Jason Heritage | April 22, 2016

ROAR For Good is a start-up company that is currently in the process of making Athena, a wearable anti assault […]

AWE Ventures funds two more women-run companies

from Philadelphia Business Journal | March 15, 2016

The Alliance for Women Entrepreneurs has just invested in two new companies founded by women — Meg 21 Skincare and […]

How Yasmine Mustafa’s Athena device is changing how we talk about sexual assault

From Billy Penn | January 5, 2016

After Yasmine Mustafa sold her first company, she was feeling burned out by 30. She’d fled Kuwait as a child […]

Three Eastern Pennsylvania InnovateHer Finalists Move To Next Round of Challenge Competition

from GovDelivery | December 17, 2015

U.S. Small Business Administration InnovaterHer Challenge finalists will have the opportunity to compete for $70,000 in cash prizes offered by […]

Can a Wearable Device Keep You Safe?

Jason Heritage | December 14, 2015

The Doctors are joined by the creator of the Athena, a wearable safety device to deter would-be attackers. Find out […]

Founder Factory: will you be there? Here’s a little incentive …

Jason Heritage | December 4, 2015

Are you ready to be there when Philly Startup Leaders unleashes the potential of Philadelphia’s startup community? At PSL’s Founder […]

Meet the Coin-Sized Rape Prevention Device That Beat Its Crowdfunding Goal by 5 Times

Jason Heritage | November 17, 2015

A young entrepreneur heard one too many accounts of women being victimized. What would you have if you designed a […]

Growing pains before wearable alarm is brought to market

Jason Heritage | October 26, 2015

Yasmine Mustafa thought she’d be protecting women from attack by now. But over the last year, the cofounder and CEO […]

AWE Ventures Founders Celebration: Momentum is Building

Yuval Yarden | October 20, 2015

On Thursday, Oct 8th, energy was high at Benjamin’s Desk as the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs and Ben Franklin led […]

AWE Ventures: Penn Mutual Goes Platinum, Companies Named

Jason Heritage | October 2, 2015

Big news for AWE Ventures – Powered by Ben Franklin this week: Penn Mutual has signed on as a Platinum Founding […]

FY 2015: Ben Franklin Approved $9.6 Million in 47 Companies

Jason Heritage | July 20, 2015

Ben Franklin Technology Partners and The Importance of Funding

Jason Heritage |

Last Thursday, Mark DeGrandpre travelled to West Chester to speak on behalf of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of South Eastern […]

FY 2015: Ben Franklin Approved $9.6 Million in 47 Companies

315_admin | July 16, 2015

Ben Franklin Approves $2.8M for 14 Early Stage Companies

Jason Heritage | July 1, 2015

In the final quarter of FY ’15, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania approved $2.8M in investments to 14 […]

Ben Franklin Approves $2.8M for 14 Early Stage Companies

315_admin |

Companies approved for funding:   American Aerospace – Montgomery County American Aerospace provides long endurance, beyond line of sight unmanned […]

Can Wearable Tech Combat Sexual Assault?

Jason Heritage | June 11, 2015

ROAR is a startup that’s building a wearable device designed to deter attackers and notify loved ones. Yasmine Mustafa knew […]

Project Liberty Welcomes 5th Class!

315_admin | July 16, 2014

Philadelphia–Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (Ben Franklin) announced the fifth startup company class of the Project Liberty Digital […]