Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania said goodbye to its outgoing president and CEO in style Tuesday at its annual iXchange event. Not only did R. Chadwick Paul get a private road named in his honor, but a large meeting and conference room and the organization’s Innovation Award also got his name.
Under Paul’s leadership, the Ben Franklin TechVentures incubator/post incubator on Lehigh University’s Goodman Campus in Bethlehem grew in three steps, from 18,000 square feet to 129,000 square feet. Paul raised $16.4 million to fund these massive expansions. That and his many other accomplishments were celebrated at the iXchange.
The iXchange was also an opportunity to welcome BFTNP’s new president and CEO, Angelo Valletta.
Valletta honored a number of local tech leaders at the virtual event with the organization’s 26th annual Innovation Awards.
“These are businesses and individuals who, through Ben Franklin’s funding and assistance, have achieved business success, have helped other businesses achieve success or who have improved their companies through innovation,” he said.
The Entrepreneurial Achievement Award went to OPTiMO of Bloomsburg and Michael Miguelez, its founder and CEO.
The R. Chadwick Paul, Jr. Incubator Graduate Award went to ChannelApe of Scranton and Mike Averto, CEO, and Jason DePietropaolo, COO.
The Product Innovation Award went to Signallamp Health, Inc. of Scranton and its co-founders Drew Kearney and Andrew Goldberg.
The Innovative Application of Technology Award went to SOLO Laboratories, Inc. of Kutztown, and Lindsay Sokol Szejko, CEO; Jonathan Naugle, owner, R&D Engineer; and Jaimyn Sokol Westenhoefer, owner and president.
The Manufacturing Achievement Award went to Effort Foundry, Inc. of Bath, Charles D. Hamburg, CEO; and William C. Easterly, president.
The Frederick J. Beste III Partnership Award went to Eugene A. Lucadamo, the retired director of industry research engagement at Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
More than 330 registered for Ben Franklin’s annual iXchange.l