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ENTREPRENEURIAL

Mindset at Lehigh

Lehigh University ensures students from all backgrounds, identities, and disciplines have opportunities to immerse themselves in the processes of creativity, innovation, & entrepreneurship.

 

Explore the timeline below to learn more about the university's history of entrepreneurial thinking and doing both before and after the founding of the Baker Institute!

Invitation to Innovate: First annual campus-wide student competition

MBA VENTUREseries begins

2001
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2002

Wilbur Powerhouse opens to provide space for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship

2002

Lehigh

Entrepreneurs

Network

is established

Entrepreneurship curriculum is established 

2003
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The Joan F. and John M. Thalheimer ’55 Entrepreneurship Ventures Endowed Program Fund becomes first endowment fund established to support student for entrepreneurship

2006

Entrepreneurship minor is

created 

2005

Farrington Award established 

2006

Thalheimer EUREKA! Awards established

2007
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2008

Entrepreneurship Initiative is envisioned by Provost Mohamed El-Aasser

Entrepreneurship Initiative is Proposed to University

2009

Entrepreneurship courses triple and enrollment increases 5x

2011

LehighSiliconValley launches

2012
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The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity & Innovation is established to promote creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship to all students in all disciplines and as a platform for students starting ventures. 

2010
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First cohort completes Master's Degree in Technical Entrepreneurship

2012
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LaunchBayC established as part of Mountaintop Initiative

2013

Thalheimer Endowement Expands & EUREKA! Grand Prize is established

2015

The Baker Institute develops culture around entrepreneurial mindset and immersive programs

2016

Entrepreneur Magazine names Lehigh University as having "#2 hands-on entrepreneurship program in US"

2016
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The Office of Creative Inquiry is established

2016
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2017

Lehigh@NasdaqCenter is established on the west coast

Hatchery Student Idea Accelerator launches as full-time summer opportunity following LaunchBayC

2018

Global Entrepreneurial Fellowship (GEF) is launched to connect students to internships with international startups

2019

Baker Institute announces Mindset and Venture Fellowships

2021
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2021

The Thalheimer Enterprise Alliance is established to provide resources to student venture founders as they prepare to launch and scale. 

Mentorship program is created as part of EUREKA! Venture Program

Inaugural cohort of students completes Baker Fellowship in Entrepreneurship, Creativity  Innovation

2020

Entrepreneurship courses normalized on campus with 12 faculty across 10 undergraduate courses in addition to minor & concentration

2021
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Lehigh Ventures Lab will launch...

2022