Wolf Administration Visits Startup Developing Audio Technology to Ferment Beer in State College, Centre County

State College, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin visited with TZero Labs, a State College-based startup developing audio technology to optimize the fermentation rate of beer.

“The TZero team is exactly the type of innovative entrepreneurship we’re hoping to inspire with our small business support at DCED,” said Secretary Davin. “The Wolf Administration understands the importance of fostering an environment for creativity and entrepreneurship, so the next generation of business owners will choose Pennsylvania as the place they call home.”

The unique startup, supported by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA, was founded by two brothers, Stephen and Nick Wells, and their friend, Eli Hughes. Together, they developed a method of using automatic sensors mounted on brewing equipment to collect data necessary to determine fermentation condition. A Bellefonte-based brewery is using the technology to more accurately brew beer, creating a tastier product.

“We are excited to share with Secretary Dennis Davin and rest of the DCED folks our vision for TZero,” said Stephen Wells, TZero Labs co-owner. “Operating in the Central Pennsylvania region has provided us with fantastic opportunities for funding and mentorship from Ben Franklin and the Claysburg-based company NPC, which has enabled us to pursue our vision. These opportunities have allowed us to share our locally designed and manufactured technology with the rest of the world while creating meaningful employment opportunities in our hometown.”

The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern PA – a component of DCED funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (BFTDA) – is the largest early-stage seed investor in the region, and gives companies like TZero Labs the ability to leverage the partners’ unique strategic and financial resources. It is one of four regional Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) in the commonwealth.

Recognized internationally as a model for technology-based economic development, the BFTDA ensures that the variety of technology-based economic development organizations and initiatives across the commonwealth work collaboratively to fully leverage the wealth of research, capital sources, and support services available to build a comprehensive infrastructure that supports company growth.

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Michael Gerber, DCED, 717.783.1132

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