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Former Lehigh soccer player Ben Gucciardi honored for his global organization Soccer without bordersThe Morning Call, January 20, 2015

Microfinance institutions balance personal loans with sustainable business model, NerdWallet, January 8, 2015
Todd Watkins, an economics professor at Lehigh University, says that mobile banking in Kenya benefits both MFIs and their customers.

Bethlehem resident to open shared live-work space for entrepreneursLehigh Valley Live, January 2, 2015
Steve Boerner, graduate student at Lehigh University’s Master’s Degree in Technical Entrepreneurship, plans to open Hatch House in July, a house for people who eat, sleep and breathe entrepreneurship.


50 lessons: Be a student. Be an Entrepreneur50 lessons from those who have lived it, taught it, tried it, failed, and succeeded.

Justin Jacobs, Lehigh University, Founder of 65 Roses Guitar:
Lesson #10: Intuition vs. Intellect

Frank Capraro, Lehigh University, Founder of MAS (More Active Society):
Lesson #7: Learn to Fail with Grace

Steve Boerner, Lehigh University, Founder of Hatch House Ventures, LLC & Student Entrepreneurial Blog:
Lesson#4 Pivot Early, Pivot Wisely

Founders Fitness explores influence and the art of difficult conversationThe Brown and White, November 14, 2014
In a six-part workshop series for student entrepreneurs, students learn personal skills, behaviors and mindsets for successful organizations.

Bringing Africa to LehighLehigh News, Dec. 2, 2014
Lehigh faculty examines the potential possibilities and research in Africa. Todd Wadkins, the Arthur F. Searing Professor of Economics and Executive Director of the Dexter F. Baker Institute, ponders how to provide financial services to these people who can really use them.

Creativity is a learned skillInstructables, Nov. 28, 2014
What if creativity could be learned?…pondered Sean Caverly ’15G, Technical Entrepreneurship Student

PieceMaker Factory: A glimpse into the future of toys?Make Magazine, Nov. 22, 2014
A machine that prints custom, on-demand toys for whatever a child could want? Mark de Vinc, professor at Lehigh University’s Baker Institute, gives the machine a test run.

Startup Weekend Lehigh Valley provides proving ground for nascent companiesKey Stone Edge, Nov. 20, 2014
Top prizes went to Connect Forward, a seven-member team led by Jake Puzycki ’14 G’15 and Rufftech, a three-member team led by Jordan Inacio, a graduate of Lehigh University and an employee at EcoTech Marine.

Lehigh Receives $5 Million GiftMetroMBA, Nov. 19, 2014
Among Lehigh University’s entrepreneurial programs garnering national attention for students are the EUREKA! Venture Competition Series, the immersive entrepreneurial experiences of Lehigh Silicon Valley and Lehigh NY Startup, campus-wide iDex idea exchange and the new Launch BayC accelerator for early-phase startups founded by Lehigh University Students.

Bed races safety improved with new design, team protocolBrown and White, Nov. 17, 2014
In hopes of making a long-standing campus tradition safer, Lehigh has changed Bed Races to include beds built specifically for the event. Brian Slocum, director of Wilbur Powerhoue and the design labs, was asked to redesign the beds.

Squareknot’s $300K saga, Technically Philly, Nov. 14, 2014
Squareknot was broke. Jason Rappaport ’12, its founder, goes on perilous journey to raise funding with the aid of investor Paul Martino, also a Lehigh alum.

Giving and receiving help is more than just helpTedxLehighRiver, Nov. 12, 2014
Zach Gray, creator of STRIVR, eloquently gives talk on giving and receiving help. [Video]

A destination for creative minds of all flavorsLehigh News, Nov. 11, 2014
National recognition continues to pour into Lehigh University for its exceptional entrepreneurship program.

SOS: 5 reasons asking for help should never feel embarassingElite Daily,  Nov. 11, 2014
Embarassed to ask for help? Don’t be. Zach Gray, creator of STRIVR, tells us why. STRIVR is an app where people can exchange favors and ask for help without feeling guilty.

Students participate in global problem solving competitionBrown and White, Nov. 9, 2014
With just an hour, 65 students in teams of two to four tackle the global issue of primary education for children around the world. The competition was held at Lehigh.

7.5 Lessons about entrepreneurship from the Wizard of Oz, TEDxLehighU, Nov. 5, 201465 Roses guitar raises money for cystic fibrosis, WFMZ-TV, Nov. 18, 2014
The guitar’s creator, Justin Jacobs G’14 and Mary Ann Sofronie, from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation tells us more about the cause.

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In the light of the 75th anniversary of the classic American film ‘The Wizard of Oz’, Dr. Lehman draws the parallel between the seven and a half key mottos that every entrepreneur should follow, and the yellow brick road that leads Dorothy and Toto in their adventure. [Video]

Got a Great Business Idea? Pitch It WebsiteThe Wall Street Journal, Nov. 3, 2014
New sites offer a chance to get concepts critiqued-or possibly brought to profit. However, expert Michael Lehman, a professor of practice at Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation warns inventors the cautions of sharing concrete ideas.

Lehigh University student entrepreneurs Shannon Varcoe ’15 and Jess Ernst ’14 talking about their LaunchBayC experience, WLVT-PBS 39 “FOCUS” program, Oct. 31, 2014 [Video]

Baker Institute announces new leadership structure, Lehigh Valley Business, Nov. 3, 2014
Lisa Getzler-Linn and Todd A. Watkins announced as co-executive directors.

Theatre: RhinocerosAcumen: The magazine of Lehigh University’s College of Arts and SciencesFall 2014 issue
(pg 3) Lisa Glover ’13 ’14G collaborates with designer Erica Hoelcher to create shocking rhinoceros masks for Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortum.

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Lisa Glover ’13 ’14G, a graduate of Lehigh University’s Technical Entrepreneurship master’s degree program, is profiled in the playbill for a production of “Rhinoceros,” for which she designed 3D rhino head masks. (To view playbill, scroll down to “Idiopathic Intrigue” and select “Don Your Fringe and Let’s Rhino!” in the menu)

New leadership structure for Baker Institute, Lehigh University News, Oct. 29, 2014
Lisa Getzler-Linn and Todd A. Watkins, both who have served the institute since it’s founding in 2010 will now equally co-lead the expanding institute. This new structure leverages the background, talent and acumen of two accomplished leaders.

Live Lehigh’ helps first-years find their creative mindset, The Brown and White, Oct. 27, 2014
Creative Commons, a special housing community created to foster entrepreneurial thinking and creative innovations. Baker Institute, Lehigh University’s entrepreneurial program, has already conducted several meetings with them to introduce more advanced creative problem-solving skills.

New leadership structure prepares Lehigh University’s entrepreneurship institute for ongoing growth, Oct. 20, 2014
Effective Oct. 15, 2014, Lisa Getzler-Linn and Todd Watkins co-lead the Baker Institute as co-executive directors

TEDxLehighU speakers discuss ‘The Future of Our Society, The Brown and White, Oct. 19, 2014
Centered on the theme: “The Future of Our Society,” speakers passionately tackled issues from social change to creative entrepreneurship and education.

Lehigh baseball “striving” to help former teammateLehigh Sports, Oct. 14, 2014
Lehigh’s baseball team pitches in to help former Lehigh baseball player, Zach Gray ’16 get STRIVR, an iphone app that allows students can use to ask for, give and receive help, off the ground. A year and a half later after initial idea, the app is available for download.

First Generation Fashion: The Most NYC Blog We’ve Seen All DayRefinery29, Oct. 14, 2014
Daniela Kucher ’13 ’14, Eureka! Venture Series Competition Second Place Winner, launches blog: First Generation Fashion and it’s featured on Refinery29!

Loopd launches location-tracking tools for conferences, with backing from Tim Draper and Marc BenioffTechcrunch, Oct. 13, 2014
Co-founder and CEO Brian Friedman’15 launches Loopd, a tracking tool for conferences, will allow attendees to interact without unnecessary fumbling exchange of business cards or brochures. The information exchange is done automatically.

‘Be the Dinosaur’ at Allentown’s Da Vinci teaches kids about Cretaceous Period lifeThe Morning Call, Oct. 12, 2014
Lisa Glover ’13 ’14, inventer of KitRex, featured in exciting interactive exhibit about dinosaurs in Allentown!

Top schools for entrepreneurship in 2015, Examiner, Oct. 10, 2014
Lehigh University’s undergrad entrepreneurship program ranks within top 25 for 2015!

26 DIY Halloween costumes you can create with cardboard, Mashables, Oct. 9, 2014
What can you create with cardboard? How about  a giant dinosaur!

Brancaccio, other experts discuss impact of DIY economy, Montclair State University, Oct. 4, 2014
Lehigh University’s Marc de Vinck, Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity, discusses the importance of creativity as well as the impact of a DIY economy as part of Montclair Entrepreneurship Meetup event. NPR’s Marketplace Morning host David Brancaccio moderated the panel, which also included  Jules Pieri, co-founder and CEO of The Grommet and Jeff Wald, co-founder and COO of Work Market

Lehigh’s Baker Institute programs rank 17th nationallyThe Morning Call, Oct 3, 2014
This is the fourth time Lehigh has made the Top 25 list for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs

Accolades roll in for Lehigh’s entrepreneurship programKeystone Edge, Oct 2, 2014
“…Lehigh has emerged as a national-class destination. Creative thinkers and entrepreneurs want to be in environments like this that energize, mix and grow great ideas from all corners.” – Todd Watkins, Lehigh professor of economics and Baker Institute executive director

Local startups unveil wearable technology at wearable world demo dayABC 7 News, Sept. 30, 2014
CEO Brian Friedman ’15  of Loopd unveils product at Wearable World Demo day. “We can actually tell you who you met throughout the day. You don’t have to worry about business cards ever again,” he says.

Tedx Lehigh River returns to Allentown, Lehigh Valley Live, Sept. 27, 2014
This year’s TEDx Lehigh River, with the theme “Giant Steps” is back in Allentown. Selected speakers include Zach Gray, a student at Lehigh University.

$5M gift to promote entrepreneurship, Lehigh Valley Business, Sept. 24, 2014
$5M grant to Baker Institute to fund operations at $250, 000 a year. Among its programs are the EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series, the entrepreneurial experiences of LehighSiliconValley and LehighNYStartup, Campus-wide iDeX idea exchanges and the new LaunchBayC accelerator for early phase startups founded by Lehigh students

Baker Institute awarded $5 million gift, Lehigh University News Center, Sept. 22, 2014
Baker Foundation awards Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Legacy Fund to support Lehigh University entrepreneurship

World Maker Faire 2014: Day 1 in Pictures, Make Magazine, Sept. 20, 2014
KitRex invades World Maker Faire!

The Top 50 Schools for EntrepreneursForbes, Sept. 19, 2014
Forbes ranks Lehigh #17 for top schools for entrepreneurs!

Lehigh University’s entrepreneurship program honored, WFMZ, Sept. 18, 2014
Lehigh’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation consistently ranks on the list for top undergraduate college entrepreneurship programs in the country since its launch in 2010. Princeton Review had just ranked Lehigh in the top 20 colleges for entrepreneurship.

Keep Your Alumni Engaged: Create a VC Fund for them! Huffington Post, Sept 17, 2014
Authored by a Lehigh alum, mentions Lehigh’s Baker Institute

Lehigh University’s entrepreneurship program ranked among best in nation by The Princeton Review and featured in Entrepreneur magazine, Sept. 16, 2014
Lehigh University is ranked #17 for undergraduate entrepreneurship programs

In cheeky pushback, colleges razz rate my professorsThe Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 11, 2014
In hilarious video segments, professors at Lehigh University read negative comments about themselves from Rate My Professors and posted them online. Some deadpanned, some sarcastic, some bemused, all had a sense of humor.

PA colleges win funds to grow the state’s economic mightKeyStone Edge, Sept. 11, 2014
Lehigh University receives $1 million to support the state’s Research in Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania program (RAMP). Carnegie Mellon receives $1 million from the Discovered and Developed in PA program to support CMU and Lehigh’s research on 3D printing. Additionally, a $1 million grant to Lehigh from America Makes and private industry contributions has also been provided in matching dollars to fund partnership.

Starting a company is exciting and fun. Don’t jump the gunForbes, Sept. 3, 2014
Business founder and LehighSiliconValley presenter shares advice on starting a company

$3 million grant provided to universities for 3D printing research3dprint, Aug. 19, 2014
Lehigh University’s groundbreaking proposals and project concepts receive $3 million in grant money for future contributions to the medical and scientific communities

Startup schools: America’s most entrepreneurial universitiesForbes, Aug. 18, 2014
Lehigh ranks #45 for the nation’s most entrepreneurial research facilities

Made right here: EcoTech, 69 News WFMZ-TV, Aug. 1, 2014
EcoTech founders Patrick Clasen and Justin Lawyer, alumni of Lehigh’s IPD program, featured on 69 News

Alice P. Gast’s farewell letter, The Office of the President at Lehigh University, July 31, 2014
As Alice Gast bids farewell to Lehigh, she prominently mentions Baker Institute, LehighSiliconValley, and Lehigh’s entrepreneurship programs

Lehigh students share promise of 3-D printing with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, The Express-Times, July 29, 2014
Colleen Perry, Elena Ramirez, and Jeff Peisner reveal the possibilities of 3-D printing with prototype exoskeleton designs at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation. The team is advised by Lehigh Technical Entrepreneurship professor Marc de Vinck

Printing out a new type of medical technology, WFMZ 69 News, July 28, 2014
Video featuring Lehigh students and their hand exoskeleton designs for children who need physical rehabilitation. Part of Lehigh’s Mountaintop Experience, the team is advised by Marc de Vinck, professor in Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship master’s program

Lehigh students give Good Shepherd’s staff a lesson in 3-D printing, The Morning Call, July 28, 2014
Colleen Perry, Elena Ramirez, and Jeff Peisner show the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network their 3-D printed exoskeleton designs that could help kids who have suffered from the loss of muscle control due to strokes, cerebral palsy and neuromuscular disorders. The team is advised by Lehigh Technical Entrepreneurship professor Marc de Vinck

Lehigh students present 3-D prosthetics at Good Shepherd, Lehigh Valley Business, July 28, 2014
Colleen Perry, Elena Ramirez, and Jeff Peisner unveil their Mountaintop project and the opportunities 3-D printers have in the health industry. Lehigh Technical Entrepreneurship professor Marc de Vinck advises the innovative team

A league of its own: wealth of colleges, universities in Lehigh Valley create a formidable workforce, Lehigh Valley Economic Development: Business Climate, 2014
Organization recognizes Lehigh University’s entrepreneurship programs and top research programs

A classroom leaves the syllabus to the students, The New York Times, July 18, 2014
Features 3-D printed prosthetics team advised by Marc de Vinck, professor of practice in Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship master’s program, and Lisa Getzler-Linn, Baker Institute senior director of programs and operations

The most entrepreneurial schools (for real), Founder Dating, July 16, 2014
Lehigh University ranked #29 for entrepreneurial schools with current alumni ready the start new companies

What’s the magic age for entrepreneurs?, LinkedIn, July 10, 2014
Matthew Sheffield, a Baker Institute EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series winner, discusses his entrepreneurial feats since he was a child

Childhood entrepreneurship turns to startup success, Lehigh Valley Business, July 3, 2014
Matthew Harmer ’07, founder/CEO of 59 Second Pitch, recruits Lehigh entrepreneurship students and alumni for the business; Ben Harmer ’11, who launched Beat Farm USA, participated in Lehigh’s Integrated Product Development program and studied product design at Lehigh. Both brothers won Lehigh’s Leonard Pool Memorial Prize for students exhibiting entrepreneurial talents

Future is bright for young NJ sunglasses inventor, New Jersey Monthly, June 26, 2014
Matthew Sheffield, a Baker Institute EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series winner, is successfully expanding and improving his Shady Eyedeas sunglass venture

A toy storyLehigh Mountaintop Experience blog, June 26, 2014
Shannon Varcoe ’15, first-place winner in the

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