Feeling confused over crypto? Here’s what you need to know

By Caryn Anderson Verakari makes Bitcoin mining easy. Credit: Verakari There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding cryptocurrency within the past year or so. In 2021, social media mentions of crypto increased by 400%, even though a poll conducted in 2021 by Pew Research Center suggested that only 16% of Americans had actually invested in […]


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May 17, 2022
“I want to help people”: Tech Tournament winner pioneers groundbreaking cancer treatment

By Cara Aungst Illuminate Therapeutics won $75,000 in the Penn State's Tech Tournament for its disruptive technology to battle head and neck tumors. (Pictured, Nick Alden, graduate student in biomedical engineering, accepting the award from James Pietropaolo, associate director of the Office of Entrepreneurship & Commercialization.)  Credit: Invent Penn State / Rick Brandt On April 29, […]

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May 17, 2022
Inspiring a more vibrant community

By Holly Riddle Happy Valley creatives bring a unique agency to 3 Dots, downtown State College’s premier venue for culture, civil engagement and innovation in a free, safe social space — and all while demonstrating the substantial economic impact of the arts. 3 Dots provides a free, social space for creatives to congregate. Credit: 3 […]

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May 10, 2022
Investment in PA leads to big dividends

Ben Franklin Technology Partners and its network of clients bring cutting-edge ideas  to market that directly impact Pennsylvania’s economy, and a recent report shows that it’s paying off, big time. Within the past year, it has helped clients create 2,438 jobs, retain 12,923 more, and generate $2 billion in revenue, according to their 2021 Impact […]

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May 3, 2022
Growing Big Ideas in Wild places

By Cara Aungst PHOTO: Ben Franklin CNP Ben Franklin Technology Partners has partnered with the PA WILDS Center for Entrepreneurship and the Appalachian Regional Commission to target its most recent Big Idea competition to innovators in Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, and Jefferson counties. Nearly 40 emerging entrepreneurs who are developing an idea related to the maker […]

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April 25, 2022
After 24 months of championing Happy Valley business, it's time for an upgrade

By Cara Aungst As HappyValley Industry celebrates its second anniversary, it’s getting a brand-new look, thanks to a State College-based company Loop Software, a software solution company that builds enterprise-grade web applications. Since April 2020, HappyValley Industry has been celebrating innovation and industry in the Happy Valley area, so when it was time for an […]

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April 18, 2022
Startup idea to eliminate merchandise loss wins at Ben Franklin TechCelerator

Photo: Ben Franklin Technology Partners Ben Franklin’s TechCelerator @State College, in partnership with the Invent Penn State initiative, has a new batch of graduates that are equipped with business know-how, marketing tools … and cash prizes of up to $10,000 to help launch their new business. The winning company, BoB Profit Partners, took home $7,000 for their retail […]

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