Baker in the News

April 12, 2017

3,000 Miles is Just Around the Corner

If Tom Gillis ’15P ’17P ’19P could physically move Lehigh University to Silicon Valley, he might consider the possibility. Instead, the tech entrepreneur is bringing the two together any chance he can through his vision, involvement, expertise, and personal and technical connections. Gillis, co-founder and CEO of Bracket Computing Inc., was the catalyst for the successful LehighSiliconValley (LSV) entrepreneurship program in the start-up hub of California, while his son was a first-year student at Lehigh in 2012.

April 11, 2017

Lehigh Valley Access to Capital, Resources Attract Entrepreneurship and Innovation

When Dr. Katy Worrilow was in the planning stages of her company LifeAire Systems – an air purification system for in vitro fertilization clinics – she pored over many decisions, but location was not one of them. Ben Franklin TechVentures, the organization’s 109,000-square-foot high-tech incubator, joins a roster of entrepreneurial support organizations that includes Lafayette College’s IDEAL Center and Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, a community-based program supporting entrepreneurs in downtown Allentown. In addition, Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation offers degree programs in entrepreneurship and training for students who want to bring new products or services to market.

April 08, 2017

Lehigh University brings Silicon Valley closer to home

It's not too surprising that Lehigh University, which is known for its science and engineering programs, has several thousand alumni in Silicon Valley. Until recently, there wasn't a place for those tech-savvy alumni — many of whom work for one of the many technology companies that call the region home — to connect with the university, each other, or job-hunting Lehigh University grads.

April 06, 2017

Student DJ Min “Minni” Kim uses Baker Institute project to creative alternative social scene

Music is part of everyone’s life, but to Min Kim, ’17, it’s his whole life. Kim, usually called Minni, played the guitar and bass in high school, eventually starting a club called Musical Lyrics Collaboration. He brought his classmates together to cover different songs and introduced them to instruments they never experienced before. This led him to realize his passion for making music.

March 30, 2017

“Kuungana” smart bracelet earns Lehigh students $10,000

Two Lehigh students were awarded $10,000 for their smart bracelet that introduces its user to basic programming. Kira Gobes, ’18, and Kelsie Strobel, ’18, were awarded the money through Davis Projects for Peace, a national initiative inspired by the late internationalist and philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis. The pair’s invention, titled “Kuungana,” is a high-tech bracelet that teaches beginner programming by allowing its user to customize its functions through entering code.

March 28, 2017

Philanthropist Lives on Through Successful Entrepreneurs

John M. Thalheimer ’55, a beloved Lehigh alumnus, successful entrepreneur, business owner, and philanthropist, passed away on Dec. 19, 2016. John graduated from Lehigh in 1955 with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and remained a lifelong supporter of the university.

March 27, 2017

Partnering on Entrepreneurship in India

Lehigh has a new strategic focus for international engagement—India. The world’s largest democracy and one of its fastest growing economies, India is a young country (more than 60 percent of citizens are under 35), and it’s experiencing major growth in entrepreneurship. The university is exploring an initiative that builds on its expertise in programs in entrepreneurship and innovation. It will expand its new partnership with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a nonprofit that educates and connects the entrepreneurial community. 

March 27, 2017

Lehigh students' invention wins $10K prize

Through their high-tech invention, two young women are doing their part to attract more female engineers to a traditionally male-dominated industry. The two women are Lehigh University students Kira Gobes and Kelsie Strobel, who have won a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace award for their Kuungana Tech Ring, a brace-let the wearer can customize through coding.

March 21, 2017

Lehigh students win $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Award

Two Lehigh University students have created high tech jewelry that will change the way kids connect by teaching them how to program the jewelry. Kira Gobes said, "I can program my ring to buzz when it's time to go to class or flash blue when I'm near Kelsie." Kira Gobes and Kelsie Strobel won a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Award for their Kuungana Tech Ring invention that teaches children coding.

March 20, 2017

Lehigh Student Entrepreneurs Win $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Award

Lehigh University students Kira Gobes ’18 and Kelsie Strobel ’18 have won a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace award for their Kuungana Tech Ring invention – a ring that aims to directly overturn the perception that engineering is male-oriented and intimidating, and empowers middle-school aged girls to help close the gender gap.

March 20, 2017

A Westward Push

Lehigh's points of pride are almost too numerous to count. We boast one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. We are steeped in history, with beloved traditions that stretch back more than a century. We cheer on teams of true student-athletes—talented, competitive individuals who make us proud both on the field and off. We have a vast, passionate and deeply engaged alumni base, a reputation that places us among the world's finest institutions of higher learning, and a deep well of potential that we will leverage to propel this university to even greater heights. But most importantly, we have a community of exceptional people and exceptional minds. They remain our greatest asset.

March 15, 2017

Countless opportunities for growth

Lehigh University is a place that allows countless opportunities for growth. Women's lacrosse senior Krista Dampman took advantage this past winter break when she, along with classmate Lauren Beausoleil and associate head coach Shannon McHugh, traveled to San Francisco for Lehigh Silicon Valley.

February 27, 2017

Milestone Makers

The Milestone Makers program, launched by the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center based in San Francisco, helps early- to mid-stage entrepreneurs set, hit and celebrate milestones that drive their businesses forward. The center is planning to launch the program in Delhi in May 2017 in partnership with Startup India Advisory Services Pvt Ltd. The center is a non-profit organization and it aims to educate, innovate and promote interaction among aspiring and successful entrepreneurs. 

February 22, 2017

Create Club organizes first startup and entrepreneurship meet-up

Peter Nguyen, ’18, president of the Create Club, was not impressed when he went to the general career fair as a freshman and saw big-name companies only offering jobs, not internships. As a result, he came up with the idea for the Startup Meet-up. As a result, the first Startup and Entrepreneur Meet-up was held at Ben Franklin TechVentures on Lehigh’s Mountaintop campus Thursday, Feb. 16.

January 17, 2017

Follow along with students experiencing LehighSiliconValley

"The LSV experience has been incredibly eye-opening for me. Prior to this trip, my business savvy comprised mainly concepts from ECO 001 and terms I learned from watching Shark Tank. Yet in the span of only a few days, my understanding of the complex, multifaceted startup world has developed exponentially." 

- Hannah Leskow, ’18, IDEAS

January 12, 2017

Engineering with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Re-wiring in any building is taxing process. Ripping apart drywall and placing the desired wiring and putting it all back up is annoying for even the most experienced contractors. Matthew Bilsky, current adjunct professor and recent doctoral recipient in the department of mechanical engineering and mechanics, discovered a solution through an innovative way of thinking.

January 05, 2017

Bethlehem Entrepreneurs Bringing Sport of Cricket into Mainstream

Pratheek Palanethra has been playing cricket since he was four years old, and growing up in India, he never lacked in opportunities to play or practice. But after moving to Bethlehem to attend Lehigh University, he found he’d often have to drive to New Jersey and spend upwards of $150 just for one hour of practice, losing half the day on traveling when he could be spending that time playing the game. That’s why Palanethra, 24, and Justin Jacobs, 28, have teamed up to form the company Freebowler. 

December 20, 2016

Lehigh University and Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center--Partnership Promotes Innovative Thinking

The coming new year will be full of academic opportunities and challenges for Lehigh University faculty and students when a new partnership takes effect between the university’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurship Center in San Francisco. Finalized in September, the agreement makes Lehigh an exclusive year-round academic partner in residence at the Nasdaq Center.

December 12, 2016

On a Mountaintop in the Lehigh Valley, Students Revive an Industrial Ruin

Lehigh’s Mountaintop Campus is home to Ben Franklin TechVentures. The incubator is owned and operated by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania, part a statewide tech-based economic development organization that invests in and supports both early-stage companies and established manufacturers (BFTP is an investor in Keystone Edge).

December 09, 2016

Lehigh Opens Western Regional Office

Lehigh has launched a Western Regional Office in San Mateo, Calif., in an effort to extend educational opportunities for students and faculty, build research partnerships and further engage alumni and prospective students. Headed by Vice Provost John W. Welty, the new office provides centralized access to downtown San Francisco, the Silicon Valley and the East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley).

December 01, 2016

Using your head: Student invents detection tool after concussion

Jessie Garcia, ’12, wanted to graduate from Lehigh with a degree in global studies. She left with a master’s in technical entrepreneurship, a pending patent, the makings of her own sensor manufacturing company and a concussion.

November 18, 2016

From Lehigh to Silicon Valley: A love story

It was, indeed, love at first sight. When we brought our students from Lehigh University to SiliconValley – a weeklong program of interaction with CEOs, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists – to San Francisco’s Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, we thought we were going to hold a brief session there and take a quick tour of this new facility. Boy, were we wrong.

November 16, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 EUREKA! Venture Competition Winners

All winners will share in the following prize package, worth $62,500, in addition to individual prizes:

  • personalized mentorships

  • co-working space at Ben Franklin Tech Ventures (Baker@BenFranklin)

  • customized, skill-building workshops

November 06, 2016

EUREKA! encourages innovative solutions

Every fall, the Baker Institute of Entrepreneurship hosts the EUREKA! Ventures Competition in search of students with innovative solutions to real world problems. Through a series of competitions and a final pitch to a board of experts, the EUREKA! program offers a platform for students, faculty and alumni to work creatively toward needed business proposals. 

October 25, 2016

Lehigh University announces 10 year expansion project

The ten year plan includes adding 1,800 more students, 100 faculty members, a college of health, and many new construction projects. Lehigh says the plan was embraced by the board of trustees who unanimously endorsed it. "I think the more opportunities students have to get into different fields…will be great…an opportunity for Lehigh to expand to more students," said alumna Briana Gardell.

October 05, 2016

Lehigh partners with Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center officially joined forces with Lehigh as its academic in residence partner Sept. 27.

This partnership, called Lehigh@NasdaqCenter, is a university-wide initiative. It is an in-residence collaboration, with year-round Lehigh offerings.

September 29, 2016

Lehigh joins forces with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a nonprofit designed to educate and connect the entrepreneurial community, has engaged Lehigh as its exclusive Academic in Residence partner. Together, the Center and Lehigh have created Lehigh@NasdaqCenter, an environment uniquely suited to advance the entrepreneurial spirit and skill sets of students in any discipline.

September 25, 2016

LehighSiliconValley offers hands-on entrepreneurship experience

The sixth annual LehighSiliconValley program will take place this winter from Jan. 3 to Jan. 11, 2017, and will continue its mission to serve as an immersion program designed to help participants gain a better understanding of venture capital and their careers.

July 22, 2016

Lehigh Lacrosse’s Entrepreneurs

To be a successful entrepreneur, you must be passionate about what you're doing, but be open-minded enough to change course on a dime. Working on a Mountaintop Project at Lehigh this summer through the program LaunchBayC, student-athletes Lauren Beausoleil (women's lacrosse), Eddie DeDomenico (men's lacrosse) and Zach Drake (men's lacrosse) have taken everything in stride as they create and develop their paint brush cleaning product.

March 07, 2016

Toy Stories

When she first came to Lehigh, Lisa Glover ’13, ’14G envisioned a career in sustainable architecture, one that involved renovating old spaces and bringing them back to life. That all changed with a “Making It” homework assignment for Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship master’s program.

January 01, 2016

Trailblazing innovation

Known for innovating in the world of entrepreneurial education, Lehigh University launched its own startup, of sorts, in the summer of 2012. This startup doesn’t produce goods or services. Instead, it turns out alumni who will go on to create such goods and services themselves – or help others to do so – in a well informed and highly innovative way.

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