Ben Franklin Technology Partners Invests $2 Million in PA Startups

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA, announced today that 15 companies, located in the 32-county footprint served by the Center, will receive an investment.  

The Ben Franklin Program,, has been funding entrepreneurs, technology startups and small manufacturers who are developing new technologies, creating jobs, and increasing their sales/marketing efforts for more than 30 years.

Listed below are the companies that recently became members of Ben Franklin’s portfolio:

  • ArgentumCidalElectrics, Inc (State College, PA) has developed a novel, antimicrobial technology that releases metal ions on high-touch surfaces in healthcare facilities.  Click on
  • Atoptix, LLC (State College, PA) developed a patent-pending device, that when coupled with a mobile app, can be used to sense hemoglobin, oxygen, and glucose on anyone’s smartphone. Click on
  • BioMagnetic Solutions LLC’s (State College, PA) fifth generation ferro-fluids help researchers target/obtain cells of interest as close as possible to their natural physiological state. Click on
  • FyreRok Reservoir Consulting (Bellefonte, PA) is an engineering consulting firm focused on the oil and gas industry that offers a variety of services including design, quality control, and optimization.  For more information, contact     
  • HalenHardy, LLC (Bellwood, PA) develops health, safety, and environmental tools to improve conditions for highly mobile, outdoor employees in the oil & gas, utility, construction, and mining industries.  Click on
  • Kress Motors, LLC (Windber, PA) is further developing patented, electric motor and drive technology into a commercially viable system that can be licensed to other electric motor producers.  Click on
  • VideoMining Corporation’s (State College, PA) patented technology has made it a market leader for in-store shopper behavior analytics for consumer packaged goods and retailers.  Click on
  • AgeCheq Inc (York, PA) has created a cloud-based service that enables mobile app and game developers to easily become compliant with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).  Click on
  • American Built Arms Company (Glen Rock, PA) is a veteran owned manufacturer of parts and accessories for the firearms industry.  Click on
  • Appalachia Technologies LLC (Mechanicsburg, PA) has expanded its services in the areas of security, technology infrastructure monitoring and service desk support to become a client-centered, trusted IT advisor.  Click on
  • Better Bowls, LLC (Hershey, PA) develops and sells best-in-class nutritional, shelf-stable food and beverage products throughout the country under their own brand as well as under licensed, nationally recognized brands such as Fiber One.  Click on
  • Colloid, LLC (Camp Hill, PA) has developed the UberCrypt Framework, a patented and patent-pending cryptosystem and software that enable new ways to secure data and communications that is easy, flexible and fast.  Click on
  • Red Privet, LLC (Harrisburg, PA) provides its customers research-based design solutions for digital experiences that engage customers and deliver measurable business results.  Click on 
  • Return Logic Inc (Carlisle, PA) a technology startup focused on assisting retailers and manufacturers manage consumer returns through predictive analytics and supply chain efficiency.  Click on
  • GreenLighting LED (Erie, PA) imports, assembles, and supplies “Made in USA” LED lighting products that are installed in government, industrial, educational, and residential applications.  Click on