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Audigent

Audigent is an audience intelligence platform that provides brands with actionable data, analytics and insights that optimize the targeting, engagement and ROI of online, mobile and social video ads w ...

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Biomeme

Biomeme, Inc. empowers anyone, anywhere with the capabilities of a molecular lab in the palm of their hand with the world’s fastest DNA/RNA extraction and the smallest mobile real-time qPCR thermocy ...

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Cagent

Cagent Vascular is dedicated to improving the treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of mortality and poor quality of life worldwide. The company’s vision is to be th ...

Clutch

Clutch’s Customer Data and Marketing Platform act like the brains of  the customer’s marketing operation. It performs three key functions for their customers that enable personalized marketing a ...

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DrayNow

DrayNow makes moving Intermodal easier than ever by connecting freight with capacity and providing instant visibility. ...

Houwzer

Houwzer is a modern, socially responsible real estate agency for savvy homeowners. They rebuilt the real estate brokerage model around their customers with technology and a team of full service, salar ...

restor3d

Enabling Surgeons to Repair and Reconstruct the Human Body by uniting 3D Printing, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, and AI. ...

Roundtrip

Roundtrip provides healthcare professionals with a simple, web-based portal and mobile platform that connects patients with on-demand, non-emergency medical transportation. ...

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Sidecar

Sidecar helps retailers unlock the full potential of today’s fastest growing online discovery and shopping channels. Their approach combines advanced artificial intelligence, a rich, retail-focused ...

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Tridiuum

TRIDIUUM is a decision/risk analysis company that has developed a Saas-based Behavioral Health platform designed to help identify suicidality, depression, PTSD, substance use and anxiety disorders in ...

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Our Team

  • Scott Nissenbaum
    Scott Nissenbaum
    President And CEO, BEN FRANKLIN

    Scott is President and Chief Executive Officer, bringing more than 20 years of venture capital, entrepreneurial, and operational…

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    Scott is President and Chief Executive Officer, bringing more than 20 years of venture capital, entrepreneurial, and operationalexperience to Ben Franklin. He spent 11 years investing in early stage technology companies as managing director at Novitas Capital, a $235 million family of early stage venture funds. In 2008 he founded Finite Carbon which, as president, he led to a position of market leadership for carbon offset in California’s regulated market for forestry. He has held seats on the Boards of more than 14 companies including Traffic.com (NASDAQ:TRFC), USA Technologies (NASDAQ:USAT), EZ Prints, Inc. (acquired by Café Press), Haley Systems (acquired by Ruleburst), ClickEquations (acquired by Channel Intelligence) and ImageTree (acquired by GeoDigital). Nissenbaum is a frequent speaker on the topics of venture capital and entrepreneurship at such industry meetings as The Wharton Energy Conference, The CFA Society of Philadelphia, and the National Science Foundation’s University Startup Conference. Nissenbaum also served as an adjunct faculty member at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton school teaching the graduate course on Venture Capital and in the Management Information Systems Department at St. Joseph’s University focusing on business software applications. Mr. Nissenbaum received an MBA in Finance from St. Joseph’s University and a B.S. degree in Finance and a Minor in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University.

  • RoseAnn B. Rosenthal
    RoseAnn B. Rosenthal
    CEO Emeritus, Ben Franklin

    Having served as its President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors for 25 years, RoseAnn B. Rosenthal now serves…

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    Having served as its President, CEO and member of the Board of Directors for 25 years, RoseAnn B. Rosenthal now servesas CEO Emeritus for Ben Franklin. Praised by regional, national and international leaders as a pioneer of public-private partnerships and an invaluable resource for innovation-focused investment and growth in the Philadelphia region, Rosenthal has over forty-five years of experience in economic development, business investment, and regional planning.

  • Jonathon Beschen
    Jonathon Beschen
    General Partner; Investment Director, BEN FRANKLIN

    Jonathon Beschen is the Go Philly Fund General Partner with responsibilities for day-to-day activities and technology oversight.…

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    Jonathon Beschen is the Go Philly Fund General Partner with responsibilities for day-to-day activities and technology oversight.Jonathon also serves as part of the IT Investment Group at Ben Franklin where he makes early-stage investments and does initial analysis for the Information Technology group. In his three years at Ben Franklin, he has vetted over 300 companies for IT team investment and led ten investments himself. He also participated as a mentor and facilitator in the Village Capital Fintech Accelerator program run by Ben Franklin. He currently sits on the Ideas x Innovation Network (i2n) board for Chester Counties Economic Development Council as well as the board of his own economic empowerment non-profit Liberty Valley Initiative. He has acted as an angel and seed investor in the region since 2009.

  • Rick Genzer
    Rick Genzer
    Investment Director, IT Investment Group, Ben Franklin

    Rick Genzer is the Investment Director of the IT Investment Group at Ben Franklin. For 30 years before joining Ben Franklin in 2017, …

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    Rick Genzer is the Investment Director of the IT Investment Group at Ben Franklin. For 30 years before joining Ben Franklin in 2017, Rick was an accomplished founding team member, senior executive and management consultant with direct involvement in many entrepreneurial endeavors, and has played many key roles in the commercialization of leading-edge products and services. As part of his prior commercialization experience, Rick has had direct involvement in a variety of private equity transactions, in a wide range of market sectors. Rick has been in investor in a private equity fund and has served/participated on a number of both non-profit and for-profit boards.  Since joining Ben Franklin, Rick has worked with over 100 companies and ultimately invested in 16.  He has also participated in 2 exits and 3 debt conversions.

  • Jenn Hartt
    Jenn Hartt
    Managing Director, Healthcare Investment Group, Ben Franklin

    Jennifer (“Jenn”) Hartt, MS is the Managing Director of the Healthcare Investment Group at Ben Franklin. …

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    Jennifer (“Jenn”) Hartt, MS is the Managing Director of the Healthcare Investment Group at Ben Franklin. Hartt directs all of Ben Franklin’s life sciences related investments in companies with technologies ranging from clinical healthcare IT, medical devices and diagnostics to therapeutics. Hartt has closed 139 investments totaling over $33M in over 70 companies for Ben Franklin since early 2006. Hartt is highly experienced in both convertible notes and equity investment instruments. In addition, she has negotiated dozens of exits and conversions of debt to equity. Hartt holds a Master’s in Biology (with a focus on molecular biology and genetics) and Bachelor’s degree in Biology, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with both degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Omar G. Mencin, DBA
    Omar G. Mencin, DBA
    Managing Director, IT Investment Group, Ben Franklin

    Omar Mencin, DBA, is an experienced venture capital and private equity investor, entrepreneur, and business accelerator founder and CEO.  …

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    Omar Mencin, DBA, is an experienced venture capital and private equity investor, entrepreneur, and business accelerator founder and CEO.  In his role with Ben Franklin, Omar is responsible for sourcing deals, managing due diligence, negotiating deal terms, and serving as a board observer and portfolio manager. During his tenure at Ben Franklin and in investment roles prior, he has led over 30 seed to Series A equity and convertible debt investments across the  e-commerce, digital media, Ed-Tech, wearable technology, Finetch, Blockchain, and healthcare IT sectors including Practice (acquired by Instructure), Ridekleen (Acquired by COX Automotive), Snip Snap (acquired by Slyce), and Clarity Payment Systems (Acquired by TYSYS). He has also led Ben Franklin fund to fund investments in partner accelerator programs such as the UPENN based EDSI ED-Tech accelerator program, the Philadelphia Media Network (Philadelphia Inquirer) Project Liberty Incubator, and the DreamIT Ventures Accelerator.

News

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  • Why Houwzer Launched This Nonprofit Fund for Low-Income, First-Time Homebuyers
  • Tridiuum Raised $9.5M Series B to Scale its Behavioral Health Platform
  • Sidecar Just Raised an $11 Million Series C

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