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LehighSiliconValley, the Baker Institute’s highly selective, flagship immersion program is always an experience that takes my breath away, but it went well beyond my expectations this year.  As with all the programs offered by the Baker Institute, each year builds on the previous year’s experiences so, heading into LSV2019, several new features had been incorporated. We added Arts Entrepreneurship and Start Up to the tracks students could choose, we recruited “professors in residence” from among our brilliant Bay Area alumni and we prepared the students for the experience in a way that not only gave them context for what they were about to experience but built a community of learners who were comfortable with each other and fully engaged before boarding the plane.


The combination of new features, a more diverse student cohort and well, an audacity that was palpable, LSV2019 got rave reviews from all constituents. Fifty-five students, 50 entrepreneurs, investors and experts, 14 alumni supporters and 12 program leaders were immersed in the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial ecosystem for 10 days in January.  Students tell us their experiences were transformative. The alumni entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts tell us the curiosity, honesty, engagement and maturity of the LSV students is truly inspiring. Follow along below to get a glimpse into the LSV2019 experience.

- Lisa Getzler

Executive Director, Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation

"I can safely say after these past eight days that LehighSiliconValley has given me more than I ever imagined. It has completely changed my view of myself as a student, a community member, and yes, as an entrepreneur."

Ellen Schaff '19
Arts Entrepreneurship Track

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Click through to read about


in their own words.

students had the experience of a lifetime

Tom Gillis | SVP, VMware

Tim Eades | CEO, vArmour

Bill Kirsch '76 | Managing Director, Costella Kirsch

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professors in residence


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"LehighSiliconValley 2019 was a life changing experience for me. Having the opportunity to be in the same room as these incredible founders, let alone being able to pick their brains, was invaluable."

Alec Stewart '20

FinTech Track

topical tracks
provided the

chance for students to connect with talented entrepreneurs over 
 shared passions.


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Start Up

"LSV has truly transformed the way I view myself and the world around me."

Julia Pietruszka '20

Start Up Track

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Thank you to our

Lehigh alumni speakers!

Kevin Drucker ‘93

Nadine Elsayed ‘18
Dave Heefner ‘08

Ann Lewnes ‘83

James R. Maida ’85 ’17P ’19P

Paul Martino ‘95

 John Matranga ’88
Justin Mendelson ‘09

 Sandy Stelling ‘91

J.Scott Scheeler ‘86





Adobe | Bullpen Capital | SF Jazz

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

San Francisco Playhouse | Square

California Shakespeare Theater

Google | Ethereum Classic Labs

Crowded Fire Theatre | Facebook

IBM Cloud Garage | OSI Soft

Joe Goode Annex | Wealthfront

Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

1890 Bryant Street Studios | Cisco

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Silicon Valley Bank | OhmniLabs

SynapseFI | Trial Pay | VMware

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"I’m proud to say LSV has delivered above and beyond my expectations. I can say with complete confidence that LSV has been a transformative experience for me."


Andy Weng '19

Software Engineering Track

For more information on LehighSiliconValley, please click here.

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