Lehigh welcomed community and business leaders to campus Wednesday, Oct. 25, for a discussion on the role of universities in developing and supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.
Titled “Empowering Regional Impact Through Entrepreneurship,” the three-hour symposium in Lehigh’s new Health, Science and Technology Building delved into strategies that government, economic development and university leaders employ to support endeavors in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, as well as in Germany’s Ruhr area.
A delegation from the Technical University of Dortmund in Germany, one of Lehigh’s partner universities, participated. The Ruhr region, formerly a coal mining region, is now recognized in Europe for its thriving startup ecosystem, driven in part by university-industry-government partnerships.
Participating in a morning panel discussion were Lehigh Provost Nathan Urban; Lehigh’s Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship Lisa Getzler; Don Cunningham, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation; and Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk. Attending from TU Dortmund were Gerhard Schembecker, vice president of finance and board director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Transfer; Daniela Giménez, junior professor of entrepreneurship and Dirk Kanngießer, Managing Director of TU Capital.