Win up to $30,000 for your food or beverage innovation

Ben Franklin’s Food & Beverage TechCelerator is offering a 10-week virtual Business Boot Camp for entrepreneurs and startup companies developing scalable, innovative and technology-focused products and services in the food and beverage industry. The deadline to apply is Dec. 12. It’s big news for two reasons. “Ben Franklin Technology Partners, CNP has been providing the […]


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It’s the Pits: Persea Naturals is Another Ben Franklin Success Story in the Making

Imagine mac and cheese, nacho chips and other packaged goods made with natural coloring that comes from avocado seeds instead of artificial colors. That’s the genius behind Persea Naturals and its flagship, patent-pending product, AvoColor. This disruptive natural food coloring compound produces colors ranging from yellow up to orangey-red. Virtually any food, beverage, baked good, […]

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CREN is Back on August 5th -2

Centre Region Entrepreneurial Network (CREN), the Happy Valley group that enables random collisions of goodness in the spirit of entrepreneurship, is back to F2F meetings. “It doesn’t matter if you are a one-person company making candles or a big tech company, the challenges of entrepreneurship are the same,” says Videon chairperson and president Todd Erdley. […]

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Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN): Fostering a spirit of community, innovation and collaboration

“Silicon Valley is more of a spirit than a place,” says Todd Erdley, the founder, chairman and president of Videon. “And that spirit is based on entrepreneurs coming together, sharing best practices, enabling great outcomes, spurring one another on and fostering a sense of community.” Erdley started the Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN) about 10 years ago […]

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“Kudos to the Great Crazy Ideas that Change People’s Lives” - CREN Makes Magic with First Return Event

There’s something magical about meeting in person. Especially when it’s a meetup that includes “free beer, free food and free money,” as Todd Erdley puts it.  On August 5, Centre Region Entrepreneur Network (CREN) met up after a long COVID-induced hiatus. Gathering outside Ben Franklin Technology Partners(BFTP/CNP) offices in Innovation Park, over 100 entrepreneurs celebrated […]

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“A Hub for Innovators to Imagine and Pursue Ideas” Set Up Phospholutions for Growth & Expansion

“Something special is happening in Happy Valley,” Hunter Swisher, founder and CEO of Phospholutions, says. “Since the inception of Invent PSU, and thanks to the numerous members of the community that [prior to Invent PSU] were engaging and supporting startups, State College has now become a hub for innovators to imagine and pursue their ideas,” […]

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Disrupting the Med School Model with Data-Driven Teaching & Learning

REEL Aims to Disrupt Med School Model Ray Robinson thinks the med school model is in need of disruption because even the best doctors aren’t always effective educators. His company Regenerative Education Evolution Lab (REEL) wants to change that, with a learning management system that helps medical students learn material faster and track weekly progress, […]

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