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Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Lehigh entrepreneurship and innovation programs provide authentic, experiential opportunities for learners from all backgrounds, identities, and disciplines who want to use creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial skills and mindsets to make a difference in the world.

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Entrepreneurial Mindset & Learning

Entrepreneurial thinking and doing are recognized as viable career assets leading toward success in startup, corporate and mission-based organizations with an eye toward the ever evolving future of work. We help learners synthesize their academics with their professional paths, personal needs (both constraints and desires) and understanding of the world and their place in it beyond what they ever thought possible. 

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Venture Creation & Launch

Starting a company can be daunting but for Lehigh founders, there is a pathway and the support needed to navigate the challenges. We help Lehigh faculty, recent alumni, and advanced student entrepreneurs move from venture ideas to viable startups. Programmatic and financial resources are provided with a particular focus on building out teams, legal structures, Minimum Viable Products and financial modeling to support the operationalization, launch and early growth of new ventures.

Programs and Experiences

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Courses, programs and certificates for graduate-level Future Makers’ that dive deeply into the methods and strategies behind creating solutions that bring value to others.

Short-form skill building experiences designed to supplement Future Makers’ academic explorations. While opportunities vary in length of engagement, their impact can be life-changing.

Immersive, intensive and relationship based, these learning opportunities are designed for students to gain and apply new knowledge in a high stakes environment in real time. 

1 These are credit-bearing programs delivered outside of the traditional classroom setting.

2 These are two-semester (6 credit) programs with experiences inside and beyond the classroom.

An Environment for Innovation

We strive to build in each student an innovative mindset, skill set and capacity for creative thinking. Lehigh graduates approach real-world problems with creativity, generate bold new ideas and make a direct impact on communities, organizations and institutions.

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Dulra Amolegbe ’26 Recognized for His Startup Fintech Company

Amolegbe was recognized by Lehigh’s Baker Institute, earning both the Joan F. & John M. Thalheimer ’55 EUREKA! Award for student achievement in venture creation and the Thalheimer Grand Prize of $5,000 for his startup, Dot, a fin-tech startup company offering a platform for cashless transactions to immigrant students in Africa.

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Chris Zadra ‘16 ’17G Flies Drones for Whale Research

Zadra turned his engineering acumen, entrepreneurial spirit and interest in drones into a life-changing career with the Drones for Whale Research program. He flies data-collecting drones on whales as part of a critical mission to protect the giants of the ocean from environmental and human threats.

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation News

You Have a Great Idea. Now What?

Entrepreneur Craig Ploetner ’94 mentors Lehigh students through the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.

Outside the Box: Lehigh Ventures Lab Helping Ideas Take Flight

Meet the entrepreneurs whose ideas could change the way people date, bank, protect their dogs from ticks, and more.

Cultivating a Thriving Environment for Creative Entrepreneurship in the Lehigh Valley

Antigoni Papadimitriou, a teaching assistant professor in the College of Business, and the Lehigh Valley Social Impact Fellowship propel creative entrepreneurship forward.