College of Business and Iacocca Institute Partner for Summer Program for Budding High School Entrepreneurs

Lehigh Valley area students are eligible for financial aid.

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Lehigh University College of Business is partnering with the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University to give greater Lehigh Valley high school students the opportunity to enhance their business, entrepreneurship, leadership and global citizenship skills by providing financial aid to students in need.

“This aid will help make the program financially accessible to eight to 10 students from the Lehigh Valley region, each summer,” said Georgette Chapman Phillips, the Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean of the College of Business. “We especially want to reduce the barriers for historically underrepresented students to pursue careers as entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

“The Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive is an immersive, hands-on, four-week, summer program for students ages 15-17 from around the world,” said Kira Mendez, director of the Iacocca Institute. 

“IGEI graduates will be able to evaluate the potential of ideas to become successful innovators, formulate business and marketing plans, create compelling pitches, and navigate cultural differences while collaborating to succeed as a team.” 

“We see an opportunity to have a social impact on the region,” said Phillips. “IGEI is a chance to engage high school students in college-level academics in a cooperative, team-based environment.”

As part of the program, as many as 60 participants live and work together on Lehigh’s campus. The ideal student is academically sound, has interest in business and entrepreneurship, and a record of leadership and service activities. 

IGEI students will take part in entrepreneurial design challenges, business hackathons and team projects that develop solutions for U.S. or international client organizations. Led by Lehigh faculty, they will take a week-long deep-dive on an area of interest, as well as participate in cultural and social activities, and local and regional field trips. Aid from this partnership will support students opting into a new business-focused track launching in summer 2023.

The program runs from June 25 to July 22, 2023. Early decision applications are due by Feb. 19, 2023.  Learn more and apply now.

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