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Central Pa. startups secure investments from Ben Franklin Technology Partners

Two Central Pennsylvania startups were among six companies to receive investments from Ben Franklin Technology Partners, an early-stage investor backed by the state.

Lancaster-based Noodigs Realty Services received $35,000 in prize money in August after winning the Big Idea Contest, which is run by Ben Franklin Technology. The company also received a $125,000 investment from Ben Franklin.

Noodigs has created an online platform for use by people who want to sell their own homes. The platform helps schedule showings and open houses, creates listings, sends out professional photographers to take pictures of a home, and provides information needed to close a sale.

The company charges a 1.5 percent fee of the sale price of a home.

Another Central Pennsylvania startup, FullStac, received a $100,000 investment from Ben Franklin.

The Harrisburg company offers a cloud-based online sales dashboard that, for a monthly fee, consolidates a variety of sales functions for business owners. Features include order entry, QuickBooks integration, label creation, inventory control and point-of-sale reporting.

An initiative of the state Department of Community and Economic Development and funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern PA provides funding and business support services to emerging tech-based companies and small, existing manufacturers.

Shelby White
Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at swhite@cpbj.com.

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