Ideals and Beliefs

  • Entrepreneurial seeds planted today become the successful enterprises of tomorrow.
  • Creative thinking and imagination drive innovation.
  • Everyone has the potential to create value. Our future depends on the implementation of innovative ideas.

Intention and Approach

We provide individuals with the skills, resources, and connections necessary to move an idea from problem recognition to sustainable enterprise. We want to help all members of the Lehigh University community create, innovate, and drive change by making entrepreneurship resources accessible.


Our programs are open to everyone within the Lehigh University community. We engage entrepreneurship practitioners and related professionals through both our alumni network and Lehigh Valley innovation pipeline to educate and mentor our students in and out of the classroom.


Innovation is most likely to occur at the intersection of disciplines. Because we believe that the elements of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship drive value creation, our programs, courses, and infrastructure are available to students in every discipline.


Lehigh students have the opportunity to start a business venture or nonprofit organization while still in the supportive environment of the University. Lehigh entrepreneurs will be well equipped to create both innovative solutions and sustainable value.

We at the Baker Institute were greatly saddened by the passing of Dexter F. Baker on November 1, 2012, who founded our institute in 2010 through a generous donation from the Dexter F. & Dorothy H. Baker Foundation.

Our Vision and Promise
When creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship are taught together ideas take shape; ideas when properly nurtured can lead to discovery, value creation, and a better tomorrow for all.