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Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests $1.7 Million in PA Startups

August 11, 2015 | By Business Wire News


If you are developing a new, innovative product, process, or software application and plan to start your own tech-business, you need to know Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA. We have been investing in tech-startups and small manufacturers for more than 30 years. Check out our new website at

Need #startupfundinginPA? The new companies listed below all took the first important step in turning their business ideas into a reality by applying to Ben Franklin for funding. If you are located in the 32-county footprint served by our Center, see what these folks are doing:

  • AgeCheq Inc. (York, PA) – AgeCheq’s founding focus was on facilitating compliance with the recently updated US Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (known as COPPA). But, in March 2015, the company expanded its market scope and rebranded as PrivacyCheq, a cloud service designed to assist mobile app developers with privacy and legal compliance. For more information, see
  • Airnest (Centre County) – This startup’s goal is to simplify the user experience surrounding drone use. Through a combination of software and hardware solutions, Airnest enables customers to safely and precisely control the drone with little or no training. Their innovative solution automates the process of flying and capturing aerial images. For more information, click on
  • Better Bowls, LLC (Hershey, PA) – Under its own name, Better Bowls, as well as under the nationally recognized brand name, Fiber One, this company develops and sells best-in-class nutritional, shelf-stable food and beverage products, throughout the country. Under the Fiber One licensing agreement alone, Better Bowls products are available in more than 3,500 retail grocery locations. For more information, click on
  • Data Inventions (Erie County) – DI is developing a cloud-based, easy-to-use software platform that improves enterprise productivity for mid-level manufacturing operations. With integrated hardware and Apps, the platform provides a common operating system and App Store for industry. By connecting existing systems and data in real-time, manufacturers can streamline workflow and trigger actions that improve employee efficiency, reduce downtime and improve yield. Contact Duane Clement at

For more about the rest of the recently funded companies, click on:

We Inve$t in Innovation

Ben Franklin Technology Partners/ CNP
Liz Wilson, Director/Marketing & Communications, 814-898-6650


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