Lehigh University’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem has more than 50 programs and organizations. Below you will find these programs and organizations listed under three main categories: Related Organizations, Educational Programs, and Infrastructure & Other Related Courses. The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation list compiles Baker Institute specific programs, organizations and courses pulled from any of the three main categories. To view an enlarged version of the visual representation of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, click the image.

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Baker Institute

Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation
The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation provides training and support for entrepreneurship among faculty and students and works to cultivate creativity in our academic community. The Baker Institute provides individuals with the skills, resources and connections necessary to move an idea from problem recognition to sustainable enterprise and help all members of the Lehigh University community create, innovate and drive change by making entrepreneurship resources accessible.

Integrated Product Development
IPD is a set of courses that allows students from any college at Lehigh to work with students from other disciplines on a real-world industry-sponsored project. Each project team has an advisor and, together with an industry mentor, follows a proven process. The process begins with identifying a problem and from there formulates it into a business opportunity. The process encourages innovative ideas to generate creative solutions. The program provides the resources to fabricate, build and test the best solution for technical, social, economic and personal relevance and value. Undergraduates can spend two or three semesters on this project.

Entrepreneurship Minor
Lehigh’s Minor in Entrepreneurship is designed to be accessible to students from all disciplines and emphasizes innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and creative processes, cross-functional integration, and hands-on experiential practice. The minor leverages the resources and support of the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation, as well as a broad array of related programs and infrastructure across the university. Not tied to any specific college, the minor is run by a team of faculty from across the university.

VENTURESeries Executive Certificate
The VENTURESeries is both a highly acclaimed executive certificate program and an MBA track focusing on the next generation of entrepreneurs. It is the single largest collection of coursework of its kind, with highly specialized, fast-moving classes that provide entrepreneurial thinking, tools, skills and experience. VENTURESeries is an integral part of MBA education at Lehigh. Named among “The Best Part-Time MBA Programs” by BusinessWeek magazine, Lehigh ranks #1 in the mid-Atlantic region and #5 nationally.

Technical Entrepreneurship Master’s Program
Lehigh’s Master’s Degree in Technical Entrepreneurship (TE) provides training in the art and practice of creating new companies while bringing revolutionary products and services to market. Lehigh’s one-year, 30-credit professional master’s program in Technical Entrepreneurship helps student entrepreneurs create, refine, and commercialize intellectual property through the licensing or launching of a new business. Students in the program learn by experiencing the idea-to-venture process in an educational environment that’s hard-wired to support the development of novel, innovative, and commercially viable technologies.

Wilbur Powerhouse
The Wilbur Powerhouse Prototyping Lab is a recently renovated lab designed for the fabrication of metal structures as well as prototyping with foams and plastics. It has a large variety of tools available to all certified students including a full compliment of welders (ARC, MIG, TIG, and Plastic). Additionally, it has saws, sanders, grinders, drills and presses, a hydraulic Ironworker, milling and lathing capabilities and has compressed air available. A new vertical metal cutting bandsaw and large cabinet sandblaster are due to be installed by mid September.

EUREKA! Thalheimer Student Entrepreneurs Competition
The Thalheimer Student Entrepreneurs Competition awards funding to students interested in launching innovative ventures with early stage business models. These include, but aren’t limited to, for profit startup ideas in any industry, field, or area of interest in technology, science, non-technical, retail, environment, Internet, products or services, etc.

Lehigh Entrepreneurs Network
The strength of any entrepreneurial network rests on the support of its members. Not only has the Baker Institute made it easier for its students, alumni and partners to connect with each other through our entrepreneurs network, but we have also created opportunities to connect both in real time and virtually.

Entrepreneurial Interns Program
Startup Internship Grant: The Startup Internship Grant awards funds to eligible Lehigh University students to subsidize living expenses during a startup related internship or apprenticeship, enabling students to experience various elements of the rich entrepreneurial ecosystems around the country. Once an eligible student secures an internship or apprenticeship, whether paid or unpaid, working directly with founders/partners of startups, VCs, angel investors, law firms, and other support service organizations in the nation’s tech hubs, or working as startup founders themselves, the student may apply for the Startup Internship Grant.

EUREKA! Levin Advanced Technology Entrepreneurship Competition
The Levin Advanced Technology Competition seeks to fund student innovators enrolled in the college of engineering, who need additional capital to move their early stage technology venture to the next level. The winners of this competition have previously won the Thalheimer competition or have advanced their technology or commercialization efforts to a higher level.

EUREKA! Baker Student Social Ventures Competition
Every year, the Baker Institute’s EUREKA! Series of student competitions seeks proposals with the potential to make a positive impact through the pursuit of innovative thinking and sustainable business models. These competitions give undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni the opportunity to work together to turn innovative ideas into real enterprises creating economic and social value. Winners receive awards in cash and in-kind prizes that help them launch or expand their ventures.

All proposals must include at least one team member who is an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Lehigh during the academic year of the competition. That student must both originate and lead the startup/project team. Alumni, faculty, and staff may participate in ventures with students or may offer their expertise as mentors or domain experts to student startups. Students participating in more than one startup proposed to the EUREKA! Competitions, may only be a majority stake-holder in one.

LehighSiliconValley
LehighSiliconValley is a journey into new venture creation that is unique among university entrepreneurship programs. Lehigh’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation takes you to the hub of entrepreneurship, California’s Silicon Valley, from which countless ventures have emerged – disruptive technology, next-generation software, and leading-edge Internet service companies. Use of “live cases” creates a highly charged learning environment that focuses on real companies, real players, and real situations in real time. LehighSiliconValley is offered exclusively by Lehigh University as a 3-credit experiential program.

International Social Entrepreneurship
International social entrepreneurship aims to change the world through innovation in solving social problems. Focus on the nexus between social entrepreneurship and development practice, especially in relation to NGOs. Emphasis on acquiring the tools and conceptual framework to launch a new social venture through real world hands-on fieldwork and team-oriented learning by doing. Exposure to best practices in field methods with respect to development projects, to how to affect meaningful social change in poor countries, to generate and evaluate innovative ideas for poverty reduction, to develop those ideas into concrete on-the-ground start-up plans, and to take initial steps to implement them.

Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation
The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation provides training and support for entrepreneurship among faculty and students and works to cultivate creativity in our academic community. The Baker Institute provides individuals with the skills, resources and connections necessary to move an idea from problem recognition to sustainable enterprise and help all members of the Lehigh University community create, innovate and drive change by making entrepreneurship resources accessible.

Ben Franklin Technology Partners
The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania creates and retains highly paid, sustainable jobs by linking companies with experts, universities, funding, and other resources to help them prosper through innovation. The Center strategy encompasses three key areas: developing early-stage, technology-based companies; helping established manufacturers creatively apply new technologies and business practices; and promoting an innovative community-wide infrastructure that fosters a favorable business environment for high-growth companies. The northeastern center is headquartered on and operates Ben Franklin TechVentures®, an award-winning incubator, on Lehigh’s campus. It is part of a four-center, state-funded economic development initiative.

Keystone Innovation Zone
The South Bethlehem Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) was established by Pennsylvania to create a “knowledge neighborhood” that spurs entrepreneurial opportunities. Coordinated by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, KIZ uses the resources of Lehigh University as well as government, private sector, and nonprofit partners.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
SBDC is a member of the Pennsylvania Network of Small Business Development Centers, has served Pennsylvania small businesses since 1978, annually consults with over 1000 small businesses in Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, and Montgomery counties and provides consulting, at no cost, to businesses in all stages of development, from pre-venture to mature. Overall guidance of the SBDC is provided by faculty directors from the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University and a private sector advisory board. The SBDC staff includes experienced business professionals who have general knowledge coupled with specialized areas of expertise. Each business person requesting assistance is matched with a counselor and the resources that are best suited to their business needs. The SBDC regularly conducts small business seminars on topics ranging from basic principles of operating a small business to financial management using personal computer and effective restaurant management.

Enterprise Systems Center (ESC)
The Enterprise Systems Center is a Lehigh University research center in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh that blends education with business development by fusing industry value creation with student experiential learning. The Center employs students, faculty, and professional engineers to work in teams capable of tackling a variety of real world industry situations. The ESC enables leadership skill set development which helps students to transition from an initial role of individual technical contributor to managerial positions directing the efforts of others in global organizational settings and engages students along with professors, senior fellows, subject matter experts, and industry partners, who utilize a layered-mentoring approach.

Life Sciences Greenhouse
Life Sciences Greenhouse of Central Pennsylvania (LSGPA) are committed to advancing the life sciences and improving the lives of Pennsylvanians through innovations in healthcare and enhanced economic opportunity. Since 2002, they have been actively funding healthcare technology companies in their very earliest stages, from emerging entities and companies seeking to expand or relocate, to university-based researchers or technology development groups. In addition to seed and pre-seed life sciences funding, they also provide connections to angel investors, strategic partners and resources, as well as high-level life science consulting expertise that drives companies forward and enables the transition from discovery to commercialization.

Center for Optical Technologies (COT)
The COT is an interdisciplinary center whose faculty and students represent the departments of physics, electrical and computer engineering, biological sciences, chemistry, materials science and engineering, and mechanical engineering and mechanics, as well as the polymer science and engineering program. The COT’s mission is to advance the science and global application of optical technologies through industrial partnerships at the local, domestic and international level that drive growth and diversity in the industry while providing leadership in educating the next generation of Pennsylvania’s optics workforce.

Center for Advanced Materials & Nanotech
The Lehigh University Center for Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology’s mission is to identify, promote and engage in strategic areas of research and education in advanced materials and nanotechnology that meet the needs of industry, government and students through interdisciplinary collaboration, productive partnerships, dedicated expertise, accessible leading edge facilities and innovative education programs.

Office of Technology Transfer & Commercialization
The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) assists with finding paths to widespread use of research results, especially through commercialization. OTT will help to determine when protection of intellectual property is likely to enable development of results for widespread practice through commercialization, manages Lehigh intellectual property, and assists in finding grant support for transitioning research results into commercial use. OTT also provides review and approval of all material transfer agreements and confidentiality agreements related to your work at Lehigh.

Manufacturers Resource Center (MRC)
The Manufacturers Resource Center has helped small and mid-sized manufacturers become more competitive, adopt lean and agile processes, strategically grow their companies and invest more effectively in their existing human capital. MRC partners with leading consultants and strategists to offer local manufacturers world-class assistance – bypassing the typical barriers to entry. Our goal is to connect companies in MRC’s service area with the best help that their budget permits. Assistance includes assessment and benchmarking, problem solving, specialized training, and grants and resource assistance. MRC is a nonprofit organization partially funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s NIST-MEP program, as well as the State of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development, dedicated to creating jobs and economic opportunity in eastern Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley and Schuylkill, Carbon and Berks counties.

Educational Programs

IDEAS
IDEAS is a four-year honors program resulting in an integrated Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree—jointly administered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science. Interdisciplinary education in the arts and sciences and engineering is of significant value to students who will pursue a wide variety of careers. The complex challenges and problems confronting us in the 21st century dramatically underscore the importance of liberally educated and technologically sophisticated individuals whose habits of thought are thoroughly and comfortably interdisciplinary. Moreover, Lehigh is one of a small number of universities with the resources necessary to provide such an education. The students in this program will benefit from the integrated strategic leveraging of strengths across college boundaries. This program cultivates a new breed of cross-disciplinary innovators. It provides an education that produces students well versed in dual focus areas; one in engineering and one in the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics or natural sciences. This educational environment also cultivates a multitude of thinking styles. It is renaissance thinking for the technological era.

Integrated Business & Engineering
The IBE Honors Program directly addresses the constantly changing realities of the new industrial and professional marketplace: rapid technological innovation; diffusion and obsolescence; emergence of new standards; short product life-cycles and decaying margins due to increased global competition; and outcome-focused development and delivery of new products and services. Organizations now seek new forms of competition based on cooperation, often pooling physical and intellectual resources to speed up the profitable design, development, manufacturing and delivery of products and services. These changes in the marketplace demand new capabilities, which can only come with the combination of technology and commerce.

Computer Science & Business
The CSB Program is offered jointly by the College of Business and Economics (CBE) and the department of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE). Unlike other programs where students have a dominant college, the CSB program is so balanced that the students are simultaneously in both the College of Business and Economics and the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science (RCEAS). The CSB program integrates computing technologies and business topics at an unprecedented level, providing the skills and training needed to understand business functions and business related problems, to analyze business-user information needs, to design computer based information systems, and to implement systems solutions within business organizations. Graduates of the program are ideal candidates for placement within the risk management groups of public accounting firms, large consulting firms, and startup companies. This program will also lay the foundation for students who will eventually become the CIO’s, decision makers, and general managers of information age corporations. The CSB program is, however, not just a preparation for a career in business computing, it is a full fledged technological degree in computer science. It also prepares students to enter graduate school in computer science or to begin pure computer science careers such as software development, but providing them with a business background that gives them a significant edge.

Integrated Product Development
IPD is a set of courses that allows students from any college at Lehigh to work with students from other disciplines on a real-world industry-sponsored project. Each project team has an advisor and, together with an industry mentor, follows a proven process. The process begins with identifying a problem and from there formulates it into a business opportunity. The process encourages innovative ideas to generate creative solutions. The program provides the resources to fabricate, build and test the best solution for technical, social, economic and personal relevance and value. Undergraduates can spend two or three semesters on this project.

Entrepreneurship Minor
Lehigh’s Minor in Entrepreneurship is designed to be accessible to students from all disciplines and emphasizes innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and creative processes, cross-functional integration, and hands-on experiential practice. The minor leverages the resources and support of the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation, as well as a broad array of related programs and infrastructure across the university. Not tied to any specific college, the minor is run by a team of faculty from across the university.

VENTURESeries Executive Certificate
The VENTURESeries is both a highly acclaimed executive certificate program and an MBA track focusing on the next generation of entrepreneurs. It is the single largest collection of coursework of its kind, with highly specialized, fast-moving classes that provide entrepreneurial thinking, tools, skills and experience. VENTURESeries is an integral part of MBA education at Lehigh. Named among “The Best Part-Time MBA Programs” by BusinessWeek magazine, Lehigh ranks #1 in the mid-Atlantic region and #5 nationally.

MBA Corporate Entrepreneurship
Lehigh University offers a certificate in Corporate Entrepreneurship through VENTURESeries – a one-of-a-kind executive certificate program that focuses squarely on new venture creation. Entrepreneurship comes alive through highly specialized, fast-moving, graduate-level courses. Faculty are proven entrepreneurs and seasoned practitioners in their fields. Intense classroom interaction drives the entrepreneurial spirit. Unmatched in its diversity and precision, VENTURESeries empowers today’s entrepreneur.

PA School for Global Entrepreneurship
The Global Entrepreneurship program (PSGE) was established in 2001 and is a unique and experiential learning environment at Lehigh University. Seventy six students will be selected for the 2014 program. The purpose of the PSGE program is to expose students to the topics of entrepreneurship, globalization, team building, project management, leadership and working within a culturally diverse environment and to ignite the students’ spirit of creativity, innovation and learning. Sessions are facilitated by Lehigh faculty members as well as entrepreneurs and leaders of the local and international business community. The applied curriculum includes core and elective courses, entrepreneurial exchanges with leaders from business and industry, global exchanges, country presentations by international interns, business excursions to New York City and Harrisburg, team projects with local business partners, and a variety of other interactive experiences and activities.

Technical Entrepreneurship Master’s Program
Lehigh’s Master’s Degree in Technical Entrepreneurship (TE) provides training in the art and practice of creating new companies while bringing revolutionary products and services to market. Lehigh’s one-year, 30-credit professional master’s program in Technical Entrepreneurship helps student entrepreneurs create, refine, and commercialize intellectual property through the licensing or launching of a new business. Students in the program learn by experiencing the idea-to-venture process in an educational environment that’s hard-wired to support the development of novel, innovative, and commercially viable technologies.

Integrated Real Estate
Integrated Real Estate At Lehigh (ire@l) is a three or four year course of study designed to complement a wide range of majors, from art and architecture to civil engineering to environmental science to finance to marketing to economics. Students completing the ire@l program will earn a minor in real estate. ire@l prepares Lehigh students to become the next generation of real estate leaders by offering rock-solid skills, unprecedented hands-on experience, and a unique “big picture” perspective not found at any other institution.

Design Minor & Design Majors
The design major engages students with new technologies, materials and media in developing the creative processes and critical thinking necessary for the modern designer. The major centers on studio wherein an emphasis on visual communication through digital media is complemented by the traditional focus on art making. Courses in art and design history and theory and in specific media techniques supplement the series of required studios.
A student may take a range of department courses in design or may choose a specific concentration in either graphic design or product design. The graphic design concentration introduces students to the tools and media related to print applications, web-based media, exhibition design, publishing and advertising. Product design concerns the creation of objects used in industrial applications, art objects, furniture, toys, exhibits and trade design, electronic products, household items and recreational equipment.

Community Fellows
The Community Fellows Program is designed to support partnerships between Lehigh University social science Masters degree programs and regional agencies that are active in community and economic development. The program is ideal for students who are interested in rigorous academic training combined with meaningful, community-based work experience.

Community Fellows work for a participating agency for fifteen hours per week while taking classes toward a Masters degree in Environmental Policy Design, Political Science or Sociology. Fellows receive academic credit for their agency work, allowing them to earn their Masters degree in one full year of work and classes. Fellows focus on completing projects identified and designed by the agencies. One of the goals of all of the projects is to give a greater voice to ordinary citizens.

Global Village
The Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry is a five week intensive program on the Lehigh University campus. Villagers will learn and live among a culturally diverse group of more than 100 peers from more than 45 countries.

Students will form business partnerships with a GV Alumni global network of 1661 leaders from 131 countries, develop your teaming and entrepreneurial skills, increase global business knowledge and cultural understanding levels, focus your career path while working with Iacocca staff to map an experience-based plan for success.

Leadership Lehigh
Leadership Lehigh is a three-year co-curricular leadership program grounded in the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. In this program students get the opportunity to creatively explore and develop their individual leadership skills and styles, actively apply their leadership learning through engaging in diverse group projects aimed at enhancing the various communities surrounding them, and intentionally enrich their personal growth and development through guided reflection, which connects their leadership to personal and academic spheres and beyond. The program consists of three phases, of intensive individual skill development, practical group application of skills learned, experiential group projects and self-reflection.

Business Minor
The Business Information Systems minor provides an overview of the major technical functions in IS, such as design of systems and the development and management of databases. In addition, the student explores the applications of IS to business problems in either the e-commerce or e-business context. This minor is available only to students with a declared major in the College of Business and Economics. This minor prepares graduates for career opportunities such as computer auditors, financial systems specialists, marketing database analysts and supply chain information systems specialists.

Office of Student Leadership Development
The Office of Student Leadership Development utilizes innovative, educational and experiential teaching methods to facilitate students’ leadership development. As every individual has the potential to lead, we strive to help all students shape their personal definition of leadership through critical thought and meaningful action. Through a set of comprehensive leadership opportunities, students cultivate leadership skills and abilities to work interdependently, serve as meaningful contributors, visionary thinkers, and exceptional leaders in a global community.

Innovation & Entrep. Leadership Residency
The Innovation and Leadership Residency (ILR) provides an opportunity for students to engage in the real-life activities of future business leaders as they prepare to present their innovations and plans to Venture Capitalists. The Open Court facility in the Victory Firehouse is the location where the action takes place. This collaboration is inspired by Mike Gausling, and includes experienced mentors, energetic entrepreneurs, and Lehigh’s Enterprise Systems Center.

Wilbur Powerhouse
The Wilbur Powerhouse Prototyping Lab is a recently renovated lab designed for the fabrication of metal structures as well as prototyping with foams and plastics. It has a large variety of tools available to all certified students including a full compliment of welders (ARC, MIG, TIG, and Plastic). Additionally, it has saws, sanders, grinders, drills and presses, a hydraulic Ironworker, milling and lathing capabilities and has compressed air available. A new vertical metal cutting bandsaw and large cabinet sandblaster are due to be installed by mid September.

EUREKA! Thalheimer Student Entrepreneurs Competition
The Thalheimer Student Entrepreneurs Competition awards funding to students interested in launching innovative ventures with early stage business models. These include, but aren’t limited to, for profit startup ideas in any industry, field, or area of interest in technology, science, non-technical, retail, environment, Internet, products or services, etc.

Lehigh Entrepreneurs Network
The strength of any entrepreneurial network rests on the support of its members. Not only has the Baker Institute made it easier for its students, alumni and partners to connect with each other through our entrepreneurs network, but we have also created opportunities to connect both in real time and virtually.

L. Pool Memorial Scholarships for Entrepreneurship
The prize is awarded based on entrepreneurial “spirit” and for outstanding students who exhibit entrepreneurial talents such as operating a business while attending classes at Lehigh. Students must be a rising junior or senior. Winners receive cash to their Lehigh Bursar account for the next academic year tuition. Students are encouraged to nominate themselves. Faculty and staff may also nominate students.

Entrepreneurial Interns Program
Startup Internship Grant: The Startup Internship Grant awards funds to eligible Lehigh University students to subsidize living expenses during a startup related internship or apprenticeship, enabling students to experience various elements of the rich entrepreneurial ecosystems around the country. Once an eligible student secures an internship or apprenticeship, whether paid or unpaid, working directly with founders/partners of startups, VCs, angel investors, law firms, and other support service organizations in the nation’s tech hubs, or working as startup founders themselves, the student may apply for the Startup Internship Grant.

EUREKA! Levin Advanced Technology Entrepreneurship Competition
The Levin Advanced Technology Competition seeks to fund student innovators enrolled in the college of engineering, who need additional capital to move their early stage technology venture to the next level. The winners of this competition have previously won the Thalheimer competition or have advanced their technology or commercialization efforts to a higher level.

EUREKA! Baker Student Social Ventures Competition
Every year, the Baker Institute’s EUREKA! Series of student competitions seeks proposals with the potential to make a positive impact through the pursuit of innovative thinking and sustainable business models. These competitions give undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni the opportunity to work together to turn innovative ideas into real enterprises creating economic and social value. Winners receive awards in cash and in-kind prizes that help them launch or expand their ventures.

All proposals must include at least one team member who is an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Lehigh during the academic year of the competition. That student must both originate and lead the startup/project team. Alumni, faculty, and staff may participate in ventures with students or may offer their expertise as mentors or domain experts to student startups. Students participating in more than one startup proposed to the EUREKA! Competitions, may only be a majority stake-holder in one.

Community Consulting Practicum
This course involves teams of students in community-oriented research projects. The twin purposes of the course are to provide real-world, team-oriented learning experiences and to provide a resource for local governments and community organizations that would allow them to draw upon the expertise of our students as consultants in analyzing problems and formulating policy.

The Business of Life Science
An examination of business process in startup, early stage and developing bioscience companies. Technology assessment, business plan and proposal preparation, financial strategies, resource management, intellectual property, and legal as well as regulatory issues. Cannot be used to fulfill major requirements in BIOS.

LehighSiliconValley
LehighSiliconValley is a journey into new venture creation that is unique among university entrepreneurship programs. Lehigh’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation takes you to the hub of entrepreneurship, California’s Silicon Valley, from which countless ventures have emerged – disruptive technology, next-generation software, and leading-edge Internet service companies. Use of “live cases” creates a highly charged learning environment that focuses on real companies, real players, and real situations in real time. LehighSiliconValley is offered exclusively by Lehigh University as a 3-credit experiential program.

Opportunities for Student Innovation
The Lehigh University Opportunities for Student Innovation (OSI) Program seeks to provide experiential learning opportunities for senior students to bridge the educational gap between conventional textbook learning and industrial approaches to real-world technical problem solving. In a world of rapid and continuous changes in science and technology, the effective scientist and engineer must combine sound understanding of fundamentals with critical assessments of applied technology to arrive at innovative solutions to real-world problems.

The OSI projects are sponsored by industrial organizations faced with specific technical problems. OSI student and faculty teams assist these organizations in solving their problems.

International Social Entrepreneurship
International social entrepreneurship aims to change the world through innovation in solving social problems. Focus on the nexus between social entrepreneurship and development practice, especially in relation to NGOs. Emphasis on acquiring the tools and conceptual framework to launch a new social venture through real world hands-on fieldwork and team-oriented learning by doing. Exposure to best practices in field methods with respect to development projects, to how to affect meaningful social change in poor countries, to generate and evaluate innovative ideas for poverty reduction, to develop those ideas into concrete on-the-ground start-up plans, and to take initial steps to implement them.

Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise
An interdisciplinary resource in Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics, the Martindale Center advances educational and scholarly programs to increase understanding of the U.S. economy and its relationship with the world economy.

The Martindale Center cooperates with other centers, institutes, departments, and organizations both on and off campus to sponsor programs that benefit students, faculty, alumni, and the community at large. The Center is a model of experience-based learning that exemplifies the university’s educational goal of training leaders for the global society and provides insight into an interconnected global economy within an intellectually rich atmosphere.

Microfinance Program
Microfinance is an innovative strategy for poverty alleviation in developing economies that provide financial services for the economically active poor. Lauded by leading practitioners and scholars in the development field as revolutionary, microfinance aims to meet the vast global demand for small-scale loans, savings accounts, and other financial services. Through the establishment of sustainable and profitable institutions, microfinance is widely recognized as the most powerful tool to help the very poor throughout the world to rise above poverty. The Martindale Center’s Microfinance Program aims to foster and promote understanding of the development and impact of microfinance locally and globally. The program is one of the very few programs nationwide housed in a department of business and economics that is devoted to research and teaching of this path-breaking approach to development.

Business 1
An introduction to business, emphasizing critical issues impacting the business world, such as globalization, technology, ethics, and diversity. Provides an overview of the various functional areas of business and how they fit together. Stresses experiential learning and develops team-building skills. Strengthens written and oral communications skills. Provides an introduction to career opportunities and curriculum choices in business and economics. Course is offered only in the fall and is open only to College of Business and Economics students.

Our Vision and Promise
When creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are taught together ideas take shape; ideas when properly nurtured can lead to discovery, value creation, and a better tomorrow for all.