Every year, the 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.
Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation provides a variety of resources, from mentoring and funding to assistance in the form of incubator space, boot camps, internships, coursework, facilities, and an impressive infrastructure.
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. All proposals must include at least one team member who is both a company founder and an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree program at Lehigh during the academic year of the competition. Alumni, faculty, and staff may participate in ventures with students or may offer their expertise as mentors or domain experts to student startups.
By filling out the application on Gust.com, you will create a business summary of the business and technical aspects (if any)of the venture idea and in the case of social ventures, the social impact; and briefly communicate the student entrepreneur’s or team’s ability to execute and succeed in the venture. Key questions will be about: Business Idea, Problem, Solution, Customer, Business Model, Competition & Competitive advantage. You will create a business profile on the site and be allowed to upload additional supporting documents and a 1 minute video pitch.
Semi-finalists will be chosen from among the proposed Business Summaries. Semi-finalists will submit a more detailed proposal that will include all of the above in more developed form. The economic and technical feasibility of your product, service or solution, market opportunities and competition, team qualifications and overall attractiveness of venture will be reviewed.
Finalists Interviews: Those chosen as finalists by panel of judges will be interviewed (by appointment) between 1 and 5pm on Monday December 10th. Interviews will consist of a 5 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A.
Top Finalists in Each Competition: Pitch at EUREKA Competition LIVE!
Contact Eureka! Director Lisa Getzler-Linn, (610) 758-4620, for more information.