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By Richard Gearhart
Founding Partner

Our Featured Guest this week: Rick Genzer, Director of Investments for Information Technology at Ben Franklin Technology Partners!

Rick Genzer is the Director of Investments for Information Technology at Ben Franklin Technology Partners. For over 30 years, Ben Franklin has been the leading seed stage capital provider for Southeastern Pennsylvania’s technology sectors, investing over $175 million in more than 1,750 regional technology companies, many of which have gone on to become industry leaders. Working with the Investment Group, Rick identifies, vets, and ultimately invests in seed-level high-tech companies. Currently, a veteran of five leading-edge startups, Rick’s experience, and role provide him with a unique perspective in relating to and assisting Ben-funded companies. His philosophy is rising tide raises all boats. Outside of Ben Franklin, Rick is an avid volunteer in various good causes and is the co-chair of the Patient and Family Advisory Council for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Rick has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. In his spare time, Rick enjoys making/ building things. 
You can visit Rick at his website at 

Visit the pitch presenters for June 16th at their websites:

Eric Bryant with Gnosis Media Group, offering the simplest text to donate service which is easy to use and fast to set up with no contracts or lengthy applications and works with any payment processor at

Yvette Long with Platinum Minds, an educational and leadership development organization with the mission to collaborate with other community organizations to assist academically motivated boys from environmentally challenged neighborhoods with achieving their full academic potential and becoming leaders in their communities at

Kiran Karidi with CodeBot, a company which created the CodeBot – an interactive bot and computer programmers’ personal assistant. It can assist programmers in auto-generating code skeleton (scaffolding code) by understanding the specifications in natural language at

About the Author
Richard Gearhart, Esq. is the founder of Gearhart Law and the host of a weekly radio show for entrepreneurs called “Passage to Profit”. He has built a firm with an international presence that helps entrepreneurs from around the world with their patent, trademark and copyright needs. Richard commands a breadth of experience that comes from nearly 30 years of practice in the writing and prosecution of hundreds of patents, and in all aspects of Intellectual Property law. In 2022, Richard was recognized by ROI New Jersey as a 2022 ROI Influencer in the Law List category for being one of the best of the best in New Jersey for intellectual property law. Gearhart Law emerged from Richard’s passion for entrepreneurship and startups and his belief that entrepreneurship grows the economy and creates jobs. When we started Gearhart Law, our goal was to help and support the new business ventures of 500 entrepreneurs and inventors. After 12 years, the firm has far surpassed this goal; today, we look forward to helping even more inventors and entrepreneurs get off to a great start and reach their own goals.