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Ben Franklin Technology Partners

115 Technology Center Building, University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-4558 • info@cnp.benfranklin.org

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania provides technology funding and business support services to emerging tech-based startups and existing manufacturers in their 32-county footprint.

Our goal is to create synergy among business, industry, and higher education representatives to help stimulate economic growth. Our investments go to the region’s entrepreneurs, small business owners, and existing manufacturing-based companies that want to produce a new technology-based product or improve an existing process. Ultimately when they succeed, we all succeed. The region becomes known for an expertise in an emerging technology and new, high-paying jobs are created.

Participation in the Ben Franklin program is competitive and based upon many factors, including the company’s ability to commercialize its technology and subsequently create and/or retain highly paid, sustainable jobs. To qualify, your company
must be:

  • A technology-based start-up company or an established manufacturing firm. Retail and service companies, while important to the state and the overall economy, are not eligible for Ben Franklin funding.
  • Located in the 32-county region we serve (or willing to relocate). If your company is located elsewhere in Pennsylvania, we can refer you to another Ben Franklin center.