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News about Baker Institute students, faculty, programs, alumni and Lehigh University entrepreneurs

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Lehigh Lacrosse’s Entrepreneurs, Lehigh Sports, July 22, 2016
Need a hand with those brushes? Student-athletes Lauren Beausoleil (women’s lacrosse), Eddie DeDomenico (men’s lacrosse) and Zach Drake (men’s lacrosse) may just be able to help you out. Through the Launch Bay C program up at Mountaintop, the trio works to create a product called the Brush Buddy that’ll help you clean your brushes in minutes.

A toy story: Student develops building toy that promotes creativity, The Brown and White, May 9, 2016
Shannon Varcoe ’15, ’16G, part of the one-year Master’s Technical Entrepreneurship program, is working on her product ZYX building sticks, a set of connectable building sticks which promote creativity.

The Brain Train: From the classroom to the product lab, students at Lehigh University are developing ideas that are transforming companies, Pennsylvania Economic Quarterly, Spring 2016
Undergraduate students in the Integrated Product Development program receive real-world experience that can’t be matched in the classroom.

Alum wins Baker Institute Entrepreneur Award, Lehigh News, April 29, 2016
Lehigh alum R. Chadwick Paul, Jr. ’76 ’78G received the 2016 Farrington Award for Outstanding Commitment to Entrepreneurship at Lehigh during the Innovate! Celebrate! Awards Dinner hosted by Lehigh’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Lehigh University honors Chad Paul with Farrington Entrepreneurship Award, April 13, 2016

Building your personal brand, Lehigh News, Mar. 31, 2016
Women in Business hosts a conference entitled “Building your Personal Brand” with keynote speaker Kim Rogoff ’94, Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis at Coach Inc.

5 Revolutionary inventions in women’s fashion that will solve all your problemsNextShark, Mar. 30, 2016
Let’s face it: practicality isn’t really a priority when it comes to women’s fashion. A revolution in women’s clothing is long overdue and now a number of game changers in fashion, tech and science are ensuring functionality is a primary component in women’s wardrobes.  Among them, Kimber-Lee Alston is the founder of Jolie Coquette, a company with a mission of reinventing traditional women’s wear with practicality in mind. Their take on the romper solves the problem women often lament about the one-piece outfit.

Toy Stories 2016
Lehigh News, Winter 2016
Lehigh proves fertile ground for new crop of toy inventors as students like Lisa Glover, Lauren Villaverde, Shannon Varcoe, Keith Martin, and Briana Gardell thrive with their new inventions.

You can’t teach fire in the belly- and 6 other tips for fledging entrepreneursAltitude Marketing, March 2016

Lehigh students’ app connects students with helping hands, Lehigh Valley Live,  Mar. 20, 2016
While studying at Lehigh University, Zach Gray noticed he and his classmates were often afraid to ask for help. But he began to wonder: what if there was a no pressure way to ask for help? A way that allowed anyone that wanted to step up to do it but didn’t make those that couldn’t feel guilty. That’s how Strivr came to be.

Outlook 2016 Lehigh Valley entrepreneurs starting up variety of new businessesThe Morning Call, Mar. 19, 2016
Across the Lehigh Valley, entrepreneurs are breaking free of their inhibitions and launching their own businesses. Among them, Briana Gardell, graduate of Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship program.

Toy Fair through the eyes of a twenty-something; 4 first time visitors share their experiencesGlobal Toy News, Mar. 19, 2016
A look at Toy Fair through the eyes of: Lauren Villaverde – Founder of STEMpowered Lisa Glover – Founder of KitRexShannon Varcoe – Founder of TroubleMaker , and Briana Gardell – Founder of Mezzimatic and Creator of Goblies

Student creates South African jerky-making businessThe Brown and White, Mar. 4, 2016
As Pantelis Takos, ’16, watched his longtime friend Daniel Levy, ’16, make South African beef jerky, or biltong, he said he could make it, too. Levy told Takos said it had taken him over a year to get to where he is, and he is still learning new things every day.

CREATE Club to host first hackathonThe Brown and White, Mar. 1, 2016
The CREATE club feels that Lehigh lacks a feeling of innovative software engineering despite it being an engineering school. By hosting the hackathon, the club hopes it will be a big push in creating a hacker culture at the university.

Lehigh graduate making a splash in the toy business69 News, Feb. 26, 2016
They’re called Goblies, and the 23-year-old Bethlehem entrepreneur who makes them is leaving her mark on the toy world.

Lehigh entrepreneurship prepared alums for toy industryThe Brown and White, Feb. 26, 2016
Four Lehigh alumni are continuing work in the area of toy making that they started as graduates in the Technical Entrepreneurship program. The four were able to attend the 2016 International Toy Fair, held in New York from Feb. 13 to 16, where more than 30,000 registered industry professionals gathered and networked.

Toy Fair 2016Youtube, Feb. 24, 2016
Take a look at the 2016 Toy Fair in NYC where alums Lisa Glover, creator of KitRex and Briana Gardell, creator of Goblies had booths. Watch below :

20 New Kids Toys From Toy Fair NY16Relevant Dad, Feb. 2016
From the Toy Fair at the Javits Center in NYC, you’ve got the brands you already know: Nerf, Fisher-Price, Logos. Then you’ve got some great lesser known companies. GOBLIES!

Tech, gadgets and toys: 5 trends from NY Toy FairCNBC, Feb. 19, 2016
Briana Gardell’s Goblies featured!

Newcomer NEP empowers an e-commerce revolution in the $100B industrial parts market, Walnut St. Labs, Feb. 19, 2016
Sean Caverly and Zeid Hussein of National Equipment Parts (NEP) responds in an interview about unifying the 100 billion dollar HVAC and contractor parts market and building a better e-commerce model.

The coolest smart toy, drones, and more from Toy Fair 2016Daily Dot, Feb. 17, 2016
Among some of the cool toys: Modular Robotics Cubelets, Eitech Solar-powered Construction Sets and Kit-Rex! Make your own dinosaur.

Young makers show off their creations at New York toy fairMake Magazine, Feb. 2016
Briana Gardell presents Goblies, a mix between paintballs and balloons, at the New York toy fair. From homework assignment to launch, the path was incredibly short – Gardell launched a successful kickstarter in June 2015, shipped her rewards in August and by October, Goblies was on sale at Maker Shed.

Salisbury High grad’s biotech company part of food safety revolutionThe Morning Call, Feb. 16, 2016
Ben Pascal, a Salisbury High grad, can trace his company’s roots, at least in part to George Maciag’s Advanced Placement biology class. His company, Invisible Sentinel, creates technology that allows food and beverage producers to quickly and inexpensively detect harmful bacteria and other pathogens.

International toy fair attracts Lehigh Valley companies big and smallLehigh Valley, Feb. 15, 2016
Among them, four toy-making women who graduated from Lehigh University in the last two years and started their own companies.

Virtual reality app gives prospective students a taste of Lehigh lifeThe Brown and White, Feb. 11, 2016
Asante Asiedu, ’17, Nicholas Zambas, ’17, and Alex Spiezio, ’18, are working with the Baker Institute to offer potential students an inside peek of Lehigh and its surrounding environment. The app allows potential admits to see 360 degree visuals of Lehigh’s campus, facilities, footage of athletic events and popular surrounding restaurants both on the North and South sides of Bethlehem.

The hottest toys from the New York Toy FairCNBC, Feb. 2016
You can make a ton of it, it’s painless like a water balloon, it splashes with color like a paintball, it’s GOBLIES! Check it out.

Lehigh University program connecting students with business is evolvingLehigh Valley, Feb. 9, 2016
For the past 20 years, Lehigh has been connecting students with Lehigh Valley companies and industrial sponsors to design, fabricate, and produce new products. “Students get a better experience working for local start-up companies because they get to work directly with the CEO, rather than a large company where they’re working for a middle manager.

Lehigh University grad makes colorful splash with inventionDa Vinci Science Center, Feb. 8, 2016
Briana Gardell makes a splash…literally with her invention of paint balls while working on a manufacturing assignment for Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship program.

Bethlehem start-up companies cash in on state grantsLehigh Valley Live, Feb. 7, 2016
Launchbox, a Penn State Lehigh Valley and community sponsored business accelerator program, funds Hatchlabs, a “virtual incubator” developed by Steve Boerner and David Gritz as well as Crowdplsr, an app that provides real-time updates on concerts and events. Crowdplsr was developed by CEO George Richie after his experience promoting events while he was a student at Lehigh.

PICTURES: Lehigh University graduate develops GobliesMorning Call, Feb. 5, 2016
Lehigh University graduate Briana Gardell developed Goblies while she was in the Technical Entrepreneurship masters program at Lehigh. The kit contains colored powder used in color runs and can be mixed to form any color. Goblies is now available for purchase at and at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown.

Penn State LV helps launch 13 innovative business projectsLehigh Valley Business, Feb. 1, 2016
University officials disclosed the recipients of $50,000 in grants through Lehigh Valley LaunchBox. The accelerator program has a physical presence at Velocity, a startup business incubator in downtown Allentown.

Bethlehem entrepreneur starts company making throwable paintLehigh Valley, Jan. 29, 2016
23-year-old Lehigh University graduate, Brianna Gardell, is the CEO of Mezzimatic LLC, the company behind Goblies, marble sized paintballs that can be thrown like water balloons. What started as a homework assignment turned into a commercial product selling in at least 32 states.

Food testing start-up looks to standout with a new wrinkleNew York Times, Jan. 27, 2016
Invisible Sentinel develops patented technology called Veriflow that uses a hand-held device to detect the DNA of micro-organisms like E. coli, salmonella, and listeria quickly and at a relatively affordable price.Though the food testing competition is fierce, its two founders Siciliano and Pascal are optimistic with the increase in their sales. Siciliano graduated from Villanova with a degree in chemistry in 2004 and obtained a doctorate in immunology and microbial pathogenesis from Thomas Jefferson University in 2015. Pascal graduated from Washington University in 2003 with a degree in political communications and a master’s in business administration from Lehigh University in 2009.

Kickstarter fashion: Retail disruptor, or oxymoron? San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 27, 2016
Kimber-Lee Alston speaks to the practicality and function of Kickstarter for retail and fashion.

Allentown’s LaunchBox business incubator announces first grantsThe Morning Call, Jan. 27, 2016
The program, based at the Velocity co-working space in the 500 block of Hamilton Street, handed out $50,000 in grants for 13 different projects.

Bethlehem Startups Receive Technology Grant FundingLehigh Valley, Jan. 11, 2016
Southside Bethlehem KIZ gives grants to start-ups to help foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the city. $35, 000 was awarded to Cernostics Inc., a cancer diagnostics company, Crowdplsr, which uses crowdfunding to attract converts and events; and Mezzimatic LLC, which makes “throwable paintball” product called Goblies.


New Valley social media app goes altruisticThe Morning Call, Dec. 22, 2015
Need a favor? As the saying goes nowadays, there’s an app for that. More specifically, if you attend Lehigh University, Lafayette College, or about 20 other schools along the East Coast, your mobile phone can plug into a free app that takes social networking to an altruistic level. It’s the brainchild of Zach Gray, a former Lehigh student who’s Strivr’s founder CEO who pursued the concept after being sidelined with a baseball injury.

#InFocus: Kit Rex cardboard velociraptor creationsFox29, December 21, 2015
It started as a college project, then it all blew up from there…

Penn State rolls out innovation program in AllentownThe Morning Call, Dec. 17, 2015
Lehigh Valley LaunchBox, operated by Penn State Lehigh Valley, will use $50,000 in university grant money to connect local early state entrepreneurs with a network of advisers, mini-grant funding and a free spot in City Center Investment Corps’s Velocity incubator space on Hamilton Street. LaunchBox is the latest addition to a growing but still incomplete menu of support, funding and space options available to early state entrepreneurs in the region, said Chris Kauzmann, managing director of Lehigh University’s LaunchBayC, a 10-week summer student idea accelerator.

Building entrepreneurs Lehigh turns 150 and now, more than ever, creates our futures business leaders, Lehigh Valley Business, Dec. 14, 2015
Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship is mentioned as the embodiment of Lehigh’s goal to inspire entrepreneurship with Viddler Inc. as an example success story.

Lehigh grad on a quest to make KitRex cardboard dinosaurs national, The Morning Call, Dec. 6, 2015
Although sales of craft toys are down significantly this year and the industry is intense, Lisa Glover, creator of KitRex, is swimming upstream and bringing her passion and creativity to her three-dimensional cardboard dinosaurs.

LVstartup: Lehigh University ranked among top schools for entrepreneurial experiences, Lehigh Valley Economic Development, Dec. 4, 2015
The newest issue of LVstartup, a magazine geared towards the needs of startups in the region, highlighted Lehigh University making Entrepreneur magazine’s list of the top five schools that offer entrepreneurs hands-on experience including LaunchBayC Student Accelerator.

Alums win national contest with device that tracks HIV medicationsLehigh News, Dec. 3, 2016
Kathryn Kundrod, Jay Fraser, Kaylynn Genemaras, Paul Schroeder and Andrew D’Onofrio, all Class of 2015, took first place in the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge for Cyclic Solutions: Viral Diagnostic Technology. The prize carries a $20,000 award.

LVstartup – Lehigh University makes Entrepreneur magazine’s top fiveLVstartup, Dec. 3, 2015
LVstartup highlights Lehigh University making Entrepreneur magazine’s list of the top five schools that offer undergraduate entrepreneur’s hands-on experience, Lehigh University’s CREATIVATE innovation celebration, and Lehigh University receiving a $200,000 grant from Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network.

5 tips for teaching leadership skillsBusiness News Daily, Dec. 2, 2015
Dale Falcinelli, chairman of the advisory council at Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, shares his insights to Business News Daily. 

Engineering and entrepreneurship: Lehigh BiltongCivil and Environmental Engineering Blog, Nov. 30, 2015
The author interviewed Daniel Levy, a senior Mechanical Engineering major, the founder of Lehigh Biltong regarding his new business.

EUREKA!Civil and Environmental Engineering Blog, Nov. 25, 2015
The author submitted his Mountaintop project idea, Air Releaf, to the EUREKA! Competition and realizes the cultivating entrepreneurship that the Baker Institute’s programs is providing.

KEEN grant to bring innovation to engineering classes, The Brown and White, Nov. 23, 2015
The Kern Family Foundation officially gave Lehigh the KEEN grant in June. John B. Ochs, professor at Lehigh, one of the key engineering faculty involved in the KEEP championship team, expects the grant to go towards hands-on activities in engineering classes.

Creativate event highlights student creativity and entrepreneurial projects, the Brown and White, Nov. 23, 2015
Lehigh’s Creativate event hosted by Baker Institute showcases innovative projects and companies started by Lehigh students to celebrate student creativity and innovation.

Scenes from Creativate! Nov. 15, 2015
What a great turnout!

Lehigh Valley boasts impressive history of innovation and entrepreneurship, Lehigh Valley, Nov. 16, 2015
Lehigh Valley, often associated with heavy industry and manufacturing, has an impressive history of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Local tech venture company hosts ‘Shark Tank’ style contest, Lehigh Valley News, Nov. 13, 2015
A trio of entrepreneurs took a shot at pitching their ideas for a chance at $15,000 in investor funding.

Allentown launches Flex Launch space for technology startups, The Morning Call, Nov. 13, 2015
Lisa Glover, graduate of Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship program, provides her insight on the new launch space.

Design labs serve various academic disciplinesThe Brown and White, Nov. 13, 2015
Design labs in Chandler-Ullmann provide resources to students in the Technical Entrepreneurship graduate program, the Integrated Product Development program, and other disciplines.

Lehigh University scores highly in entrepreneur rankingsThe Morning Call, Nov. 11, 2015
Lehigh University is gaining recognition as a place for “makers.” Entrepreneur listed Lehigh as top five colleges for hansd-on entrepreneurial experiences, focusing on the LaunchBayC Student Accelerator, and the Princeton Review ranked Lehigh as 22nd out of 25 colleges for undergraduate entrepreneurs.

5 schools that offer undergrad entrepreneurs hands-on experienceEntrepreneur, Nov. 10, 2015
Lehigh listed as top 5 schools that offer hands-on experience to undergrad entrepreneurs, including LaunchBayC and Mountaintop Project.

The Princeton Review & Entrepreneur name the top 25 undergraduate and graduate schools for entrepreneurshipThe Princeton Review, Nov. 10, 2015
Lehigh University is ranked #22 for top 25 undergraduate schools for entrepreneurship.

Global problem solving event addresses sustainabilityThe Brown and White, Nov. 9, 2015
Sponsored by the Baker Institute, the Sustainable Development Department, Engineers Without Borders and the TAMID Israel Investment Group, the Global Problem Solving event integrated business and engineering students to develop a business that addressed the problems of a Syrian refugee camp.

Student entrepreneurs start companies as undergraduates, The Brown and White, Nov. 2, 2015
Kira Gobes, ’18, Will Kuehne, ’17, and Minni Kim, ’16, undergraduates at Lehigh University are gaining an entrepreneurial start in their undergraduate years.

STRIVR app focuses on social connectivity, The Brown and White, Oct. 30, 2015
Need a small favor? Like a ride or some random school supply? STRIVR is an app created by Zach Gray ’16 with the intention of connecting people to help each other out.

Lehigh University partners with national network, earns $200K grant, to infuse entrepreneurial mindset into engineering, Oct. 2015
Lehigh University has partnered with the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), a collaboration of 22 U.S. colleges and universities that strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering students with a goal of benefiting society. To advance this mission, Lehigh received a 15-month, $200,000 grant from KEEN’s founding organization, the Kern Family Foundation.

‘New manufacturers’ boost Bethlehem, thanks to incentives,  Lehigh Valley Business, Oct. 19, 2015
“The Lehigh Valley is a world for startups,” Cunningham said. “We do have the resources to keep entrepreneurs here. This is part of our story.”

Guest speaker: Lauren Villaverde, Lehigh University STEM Blog, Oct. 22, 2015
Lauren Villaverde speaks about her journey from high school to entrepreneur and founder of Stackablz.

Many colleges are failing to prepare students for their working lives,  Washington Post, Oct. 15, 2015
Lehigh University students at the new Mountaintop Campus, where the school aims to shift the undergraduate experience, teaching students to think for themselves as they imagine their future careers.

Goblies – hand thrown paintballs (non-toxic, bio-degradable)Makershed, Oct. 12, 2o15
For sale! Create your own hand thrown paint balls to the color of your choice. Non-toxic and biodegradable.

In Memoriam: Robert Wei, Champion of interdisciplinary learningLehigh News, Oct. 12, 2015
Robert P. Wei, an expert in fracture mechanics who took the lead in creating Lehigh’s award-winning Integrated Product Design (IPD) program, died Sept. 28 at his home in Lower Nazareth Township. He was 84. Wei took a multidisciplinary approach in his teaching and research. “Life is so complex that no one person can know everything,” he said. “So we integrate engineering design and engineering science throughout the mechanical engineering curriculum. Second—and this is the philosophical framework for IPD—we get engineering, architecture and business students to work together. If a product is not salable, the best design and best manufacturing won’t help.”

12 Exhibits you don’t want to miss at Maker Faire PittsburghMakezine, Oct. 8, 2015
This year, in addition to Maker exhibits, the Faire will offer a greatly increased number and variety of special performances, speakers, demonstrations, and workshops. There will be a dedicated Education Zone featuring a series of presentations and hands-on workshops on how to incorporate making and STEAM in primary, secondary, and post-secondary education; an Innovation Works Zone, showcasing 10 groundbreaking startups from across the region; a dedicated Workshop area with hands-on sessions on subjects ranging from coding to concrete; and The Market, where fairgoers can peruse locally made wares and support the local handmade economy

Soccer Without Borders aims for global changeSan Francisco Chronicle, Oct. 8, 2015
Gucciardi, a San Francisco native, is the founder of Soccer Without Borders. The organization uses soccer — a sport played around the world — as a vehicle for change and assimilation.

A grand debut for bioengineering majors, Lehigh News, Oct 5, 2015
Five recent graduates have won a national competition for designing a portable device that enables patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) to determine whether their medication is working. Kathryn Kundrod’15 and Jay Fraser took’15 first place in the Designing by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams. Their journey started from the IPD program to the LaunchBayC student idea accelerator run by Baker Institute through the university’s Mountaintop initiative.

More demand, more additive manufacturing at Lehigh, Lehigh Valley Business, Sept. 28, 2015
In response to an increasingly higher demand for time in its 3-D printing lab, Lehigh University has expanded its additive manufacturing capabilities with new equipment and a broad view of the future of this rapidly changing technology

A look at the fast-approaching future of 3-D printingThe Morning Call, Sept. 21, 2015
3D printing has been changing the game for prototyping and driven by demand, is heading in a new direction.

TEDxLehighRiver speakers share ideas with passion at Symphony HallThe Morning Call, Sept.20 2015
The theme was “Why Not?” and six speakers from the area gave talks of 18 minutes or less. Speakers were introduced by host John Dodds, director of brand and marketing communications at Air Products, who was introduced by co-organizers Lisa Getzler, director of the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship Creativity and Innovation at Lehigh University, and David Willard of PBS 39.

TedX returns to Lehigh Valley Saturday, Sept 19Lehigh News
This year’s TEDx features a presentation by recent Lehigh alumna Lauren Villaverde ’14 ’15G, who will be speaking on “Across, Behind, Next To,” about the overlooked alphabet for STEM learning. Lisa Getzler serves as producer, speaker curation committee chair and speech coach for the event.

TEDxLehighRiver shared TED phenomenon with the Lehigh Valley The Morning Call, Sept. 15, 2015
On Saturday, Sept. 19, TEDxLehighRiver will hold its first public forum at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown. Six people from the area will get up on stage and speak on subjects ranging from the value of skepticism to efforts to communicate with whales to a path toward healing from sexual trauma.

Q&A: Best Practices for the 26th annual career fairThe Brown and White, Sept. 14, 2015

Dino World: How one Lehigh Alum turned a dinosaur costume into a puzzle company, The Brown and White, Sept 9, 2015
A 6-foot-tall paper velociraptor walked in to Lamberton Hall in the midst of a Halloween party and the room fell silent. While the music still played in the background, Lisa Glover, ‘13, ‘14G, the girl inside the paper dinosaur, realized there was a room full of people staring at her — or at least at her dinosaur, named Soarin.

Lehigh alumni win at National Institute of Health challenge, The Brown and White, Sept. 8, 2015
Kathryn Kundrod ‘15, Jay Fraser ‘15, Paul Schroder ‘15, and Andrew D’Onofrio ‘15 developed a viral diagnostic device that makes HIV treatment more accessible in their Integrated Product Development class. They won first place in the National Institute of Health’s Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams Challenge.

Live Lehigh: Keeping fitness close to homeThe Brown and White, Sept. 8, 2015
Pat Costa, a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering in the Integrated Business and Engineering program, works with the men of Fit Living community to promote healthy living.

Biomedical engineering teams win NIH’s DEBUT challenge, Today’s Medical Developments, Sept. 5, 2015
Lehigh University students developed Viral Diagnostic Technology that addresses the need for a more accessible HIV treatment and was awarded first place in the National Institute of Health’s Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams Challenge.

Q&A: Alumni’s app unifies party-goers, The Brown and White, Sept. 4, 2015
Tyler Costantino ‘14, a small business management and entrepreneurship major, and Alex Ratner ‘14, a computer science and business major, developed the first nightlife network application.

LaunchBayC Demo Day Tumblr Post, Lehigh University Tumblr, Sept. 4, 2015
Mountaintop campus was filled with guests for the LaunchBayC, a 10-week entrepreneurship summer program, demo day (photos included).

2015 Top entrepreneurial programs: undergraduate, The Princeton Review, Sept. 2015
Lehigh University is ranked #17 for top undergraduate entrepreneurial programs.

50 most entrepreneurial schools in America, Affordable Schools, Sept. 2015
Lehigh University is ranked #34 for America’s most entrepreneurial schools due to Lehigh’s entrepreneurial community through Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship,

The 24 best colleges for future entrepreneurs, Business Insider, Aug. 25, 2015
Lehigh University is ranked 17 for the best colleges for future entrepreneurs due to Lehigh’s Baker Institute sponsors and LehighSiliconValley program, and startup internship grant.

Student entrepreneurs support communities through hip hopLehigh University News Center, Aug. 21, 2015
A diverse group of students with faculty advisor, Joshua Ehrig, a professor of practice in the department of management, brought their different skill sets and developed a web application that donates a portion of canned goods to an artist’s hometown based on the number of listens through the site.

America’s most entrepreneurial universities 2015, Forbes, Aug. 17, 2015
Lehigh University is ranked 44 for America’s Most Entrepreneurial Universities.

Bethlehem entrepreneur’s dino costume poses on the White House lawn, Lehigh Valley Live, July 24, 2015
Lisa Glover ‘14 ‘15G, Technical Entrepreneurship grad, received a proclamation from President Barack Obama and was invited to showcase her costume on the White House lawn.  

Incubator offers work and living space to entrepreneurs, Lehigh Valley Business, July 20, 2015
Stephen Boerner saw the gap between business incubators available in the community and on-campus resources while in Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship program and reduced the gap with Hatch House.

Hatch House serves as a safe haven for fledgling companies, Keystone Edge, July 16, 2015
Stephen Boerner, Lehigh’s Master’s of Engineering in Technical Entrepreneurship graduate,  realized entrepreneurship resources evaporate after graduation so his idea Hatch House came to life.

Third TEDxLehighValley planned for Allentown in September, Lehigh Valley Business, July 14, 2015
TEDxLehighRiver returns with idea-focused presentations on the theme “Why not?”

Lehigh University’s 35th Honors Convocation, Youtube, July 6, 2015
Briana Gardell ‘14 ‘15G, Technical Entrepreneurship Master’s graduate, gives a speech at Lehigh University’s Honors Convocation.

Lehigh Valley programs offer space for aspiring entrepreneurs to create, Lehigh Valley Economic Development, July 2, 2015
The Hatch House, a live-work community for early entrepreneurs in Bethlehem, and LaunchBayC Student Accelerator, 10-week summer program to develop products, offer more resources help growing entrepreneurs in the Lehigh Valley.

New monthly e-newsletter highlights Lehigh Valley entrepreneurs, startups, Lehigh Valley Economic Development, July 2, 2015
LVstartup is a newly-launched monthly e-newsletter focused on the needs of startups in the region. The first edition was released in July 2nd and included the story of Lisa Glover ’13 ’14G, KitRex founder and Technical Entrepreneurship grad, bringing a velociraptor to the White House.

Lehigh graduate student develops Master’s work into a paint-splattering Kickstarter campaign, Virtual Strategy Magazine, July 1, 2015
Briana Gardell ‘14 ‘15G, Technical Entrepreneurship grad and grand prize winner in Lehigh’s Eureka Venture Competition Series, launched her Kickstarter campaign for Globies.

Goblies: Hand-thrown paintballs, Boing Boing, June 30, 2015
Lehigh University TE graduate Briana Gardell ’14 ’15G invents powder-filled paintballs, science kit that turns into a toy.

Kraft shareholders to vote on Heinz deal Wednesday, Morning Call, June 30, 2015
Dale Falcinelli, Chair of Baker Institute Advisory Council and Lehigh Business Professor, is quoted on his thoughts of the Heinz deal.

Why is there a velociraptor on the White House lawn?, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, June 22, 2015
Technical Entrepreneurship grad Lisa Glover ’13 ’14G reflects on her experience being invited to the White House to kick off National Week of Making.

Incubator offers work and living space to entrepreneurs, Lehigh Valley Business, June 20, 2015
Technical Entrepreneurship alums Steve Boerner ’15G and Sean Caverly ’15G aned TE student Justin Jacobs ’16G interviewed in article about launch of Hatch House live/work space for entrepreneurs.

2 Lehigh University grads create nightlife app, USA Today, June 20, 2015
Tyler Constentino, a 2012 LehighSiliconValley participant, and Alex Ratner creates app that allows users to find their friends, set their availability and coordinate evening plans. “The problem was never where to go tonight-it was always who are you going with.”

Lehigh celebrates entrepreneurial spirit, Lehigh University News Center, June 16, 2015
TE students win top awards in EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series and iPrize competition.

After decades of fighting for the poor, Alan Jennings now in a fight himself, The Morning Call, June 13, 2015
Alan Jennings, social entrepreneurship professor at Lehigh,  teaches the class “How to change the world.” Jennings dedicated his entire life to helping the poor though he now fights his own battle with Parkinson’s disease. However, Jennings is still winning.

National Maker Faire – Come check us out! (video),, June 13, 2015
Marc de Vinck, professor in the Technical Entrepreneurship master’s program and Lehigh University’s Dexter F. Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity, reports live from National Maker Faire in Washington, D.C. – and even gets chased by a familiar cardboard dinosaur (created by Technical Entrepreneurship graduate Lisa Glover ’13 ’14G).

There is a dinosaur on the White House lawn right now, Vox, June 11, 2015
Lisa Glover ’13 ’14G, Technical Entrepreneurship grad, was invited by the White House to participate in the launch of National Week of Making, including a photo shoot on the White House lawn in the dinosaur costume she created in the TE program, and participating in the Week of Making launch event filmed in the White House press briefing room.

Opportunity at the intersection: My Message for the Class of 2015, Forbes, May 27, 2015
Tom Gillis shares his hopeful message to the graduating class of 2015.

Cultivating big ideas at Mountaintop, Lehigh News, May 20, 2015
In its third summer, the Mountaintop initiative will host 38 projects, 151 students and 44 faculty members. Equipped with ideas, students are excited to being. Some project ideas include designing exoskeleton appliances to aid patient rehabilitation, exploring technical aspects of ocean wave technology, examining the geography of bias using data-driven techniques to answer questions about biases vary geographically and more.

New live/work space for young entrepreneurs coming to Wilmington, Technically Delaware, May 15, 2015
TE student Steve Boerner ’15G expands his Hatch House entrepreneurship living venture to Delaware.

Are Our Students Actually Learning Anything?, Epicenter Stanford, May 6, 2015
Professor John Ochs from Lehigh University shares his experience as an educator for 37 years and asks educators to ask themselves this: “Is what I am doing in the classroom making a difference?”

A Budding Builder, Playthings Magazine, May 2015
Lauren Villaverde ’14 ’15G, Technical Entrepreneurship student, is featured in toy industry magazine for her 3D puzzle toys that help children develop spatial and STEM skills.

Want to stand out in cap and gown? Decorate the mortarboard, The Associated Press, April 28, 2015
Technical Entrepreneurship graduate Lisa Glover ’13 ’14G decorates her mortarboard with a mini cardboard dinosaur before graduating and helming her Kit-Rex company.

Hatch House invites residents to live, grow, launch, Lehigh University News Center, April 27, 2015
Steve Boerner ’15G, Technical Entrepreneurship grad student, launches innovative live/work model for young entrepreneurs.

Global Cuisine hopes to spark interest in campus diversity, The Brown and White, April 23, 2015
Ovie Ojeni, first-year student at Lehigh University, and his Global Cuisine project was a 2015 iPrize finalist. Longing for more diverse options at the dining halls, Ojeni requested a popular Nigerian dish to be made and the dining chefs approved. Then, Lehigh’s Global Cuisine program was born.

8 cool projects from the #PTW15 edition of Philly EdTech Meetup, Technically Philly, April 21, 2015
Eight education-oriented projects were displayed at the Philly EdTech Meetup expo, ranging from programs to teach students about technology to funded startups to future websites and applications.

A wearable that teaches girls to code: Jewelbots is out to be the next big thing in STEM toys for girlsBijournals, April 18, 2015
Using the lure of secret communication and the time-tested appeal of the friendship bracelet, the creators of Jewelbots are introducing a new way to teach girls to write computer code. Alita Friedman’87, Lehigh aluma and member of Baker Institute Advising Council, said a critical benefit of the JewelBots product is its wearability, much like the Apple watch.

Campus sustainability plan celebrates third year, The Brown and White, April 17, 2015
Lehigh’s office of Sustainability hosts a series of workshops to celebrate the third anniversary of the Campus Sustainability Plan. Chris Kauzmann, managing director of Baker Institute programs, and Ben Felzer, assistant professor in earth and environmental sciences participates in discussion for recycling Wednesday.

Lutron expected to remain in family’s control, Morning Call, April 11, 2015
Dale Falcinelli, Lehigh University business professor who knew Spira through his work on the School’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and innovation said the company will follow Spira’s plan.

Innovation on display at LV Hack, WFMZ-TV69, April 10, 2015
Technical Entrepreneurship graduate and entrepreneur Lisa Glover ’13 ’14G works on custom toast-printing idea at Lehigh Valley hackathon.

From undergraduate student, to graduate student, to staff. My story of how Lehigh worked, and didn’t work, for me. Our Lehigh, April 1, 2015
“Mechanical engineering is hard. It was technically challenging with countless hours of reading and problem sets. I hated this part of Lehigh…The Baker Institute changed that for me. As an undergraduate, on a bit of a whim, I used one of my very few electives and signed up for Entrepreneurship 101. Finally I made the connection; what I was learning in the classroom was applicable to the things I cared about. I was hooked. ”
-Chris Kauzmann Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate 13′ Masters in Technical Entrepreneurship 14′, Staff, Alumni

Women’s empowerment panel held to promote female success in the workforce, The Brown and White, March 31, 2015
The Baker Institute at Lehigh University works to promote entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. The Women Entrepreneurship discussion was a particular event aimed at promoting women empowerment within and outside of the campus.

Architrep hatches DIY dinosaur kits in Allentown, Key Stone Edge, March 26, 2015
Lisa Glover, using a process called Industrial Origami creates dinosaur assemblies for kids. Expecting to raise funds to sell only a few hundred, Glover sold close to 5,500! The startup’s latest product, a Pterodactyl kit, with a three-foot wingspan has already exceeded its Kickstarter goal.

The process: Lisa Glover on Making Paper Dinosaurs, Kickstarter, March 26, 2015
Lisa Glover, delves into the process of making her dinosaurs, from the start to her current stages.

Long-term fate of Lehigh Valley Kraft plant up in the air, The Morning Call, March 25, 2015
The fate of Kraft Foods Group Inc.’s Lehigh Valley’s plant is uncertain after the announcement that H.J. Heinz Co. is buying Kraft. Lehigh University business professor Dale Falcinelli says one factor in the local plant’s favor is in the coffee production.

Moving at warp speed, Resolve, March 23, 2015
Students gain real-world experience and hard-to-find technological knowledge and skills that employers are increasingly seeking thanks to the Powerhouse and Lehigh’s numerous collaborations with industry.

Marc de Vinck-Don’t Celebrate Failure, Educause March 23, 2015
Technical Entrepreneurship Professor Marc de Vinck, Baker Professor of Practice in Creativity, talks about what it means to celebrate and not celebrate failure. [Video]

Alumnus creates PhoneHome Project to utilize NFC technology in its many uses , The Brown and White, March 23, 2015
Brian Hruza ’14 founded The PhoneHome Project NFC Solutions with the use of near field communication technology. Hruza’s startup has great potential in reconstructing the way we interact with our physical environment with the use of our smartphones.

Talking entrepreneurship: How to get the most out of classroom speakers. ID8 Nation, March 20, 2015
Todd Watkins, executive director of the Lehigh University Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation shares advice on how to best facilitate learning when presenting a speaker to the classroom.

Saucon Valley High School has its own ‘shark tank,’ The Express-Times, March 1, 2015
High school students pitch ideas and research startup markets; advised by Lehigh University Technical Entrepreneurship graduate student Jake Puzycki ’14 ’15G (Photo)

Toy Fair 2015: KitRex Velociraptor, BeTerrific! Live Show, Feb. 27, 2015
Live from Toy Fair 2015, Lehigh University Technical Entrepreneurship master’s degree alumna Lisa Glover ’13 ’14G joins the BeTerrific Toy Fair 2015 Live Show to show the Kit-Rex velociraptor, a 3-foot-long dinosaur-shaped puzzle craft

Toy Fair 2015: Shannon Varcoe, BeTerrific! Live Show, Feb. 27, 2015
Live from Toy Fair 2015, Lehigh University student Shannon Varcoe ’15 joins the BeTerrific Toy Fair 2015 Live Show to talk about a wooden toy she’s developing for children with ADHD

Toy Fair 2015: Briana Gardell, BeTerrific! Live Show, Feb. 27, 2015
Live from Toy Fair 2015, Lehigh University Technical Entrepreneurship master’s student Briana Gardell ’14 ’15G joins the BeTerrific Toy Fair 2015 Live Show to talk about the process it took to bring her toy idea to life

Toy Fair 2015: Toy and Brand Licensing, BeTerrific! Live Show, Feb. 26, 2015
Live from Toy Fair 2015, Lehigh alumna Alita Friedman ’87 of Alita’s Brand Bar joins the BeTerrific Toy Fair 2015 Live Show to talk about her company, toy and brand licensing, and Lehigh’s programs

The best class ever, First Year Lehigh Engineers blog, Feb. 25, 2015
Undergraduate student Chandler Coggins blogs about entrepreneurship class and creative thinking

3 secrets to building billion-dollar apps, Linkedin Pulse, Feb. 18, 2015
Lehigh Technical Entrepreneurship alum Brian Hanley ’13 ’14G shares tips for developing top apps

The entrepreneurship hub, First Year Lehigh Engineers blog, Feb. 18, 2015
Undergraduate student Chandler Coggins blogs about Lehigh’s entrepreneurship offerings, including LehighSiliconValley, the EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series, and Technical Entrepreneurship master’s degree

6 travel startups to watch in 2015Road Warrior Voices, Feb. 12, 2015
Localfu, founded by Lehigh student Roger Graham ’15, was selected one of 6 travel startups to watch

8 innovative ways to build a million-dollar business today, Linkedin Pulse, Feb. 12, 2015
Lehigh Technical Entrepreneurship alum Brian Hanley ’13 ’14G urges prospective entrepreneurs to change the game by exploiting untapped market niches

Collegiate toymakers visit nation’s top toy industry events, Constant Contact, Feb. 10, 2015

Lehigh helps with project management, entrepreneurship, Lehigh Valley Business, Feb. 9, 2015
Professor of Practice Dale Falcinelli, director of Lehigh’s VENTURESeries and LehighSiliconValley programs, spotlights the power of executive education and entrepreneurship certificates for professionals

Wilbur love, First Year Lehigh Engineers blog, Feb. 5, 2015
Undergraduate student Chandler Coggins blogs about the 3D printers and other resources at Lehigh’s Wilbur Powerhouse

Entrepreneur house created to aid students in business start-up, The Brown and White, Feb. 2, 2015
Hatch House, an off-campus residence, is an entrepreneurial hub undergoing renovations for a resourceful environment for student entrepreneurs

LehighSiliconValley Blog (Tumblr), January 2015
From bean bags at the BoostVC accelerator, to exploring venture capital with VC pioneer Bill Draper, thank you everyone for another great LehighSiliconValley experience! Read more about the LSV2015 program from the Lehigh University students who shared their observations through blog posts on each day of the trip (Jan. 4-10, 2015)

Origami dinosaur maker finds success through Lehigh Valley’s resources for entrepreneurs, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Jan. 27, 2015
With local support from Lehigh’s Technical Entrepreneurship class, Ben Franklin TechVentures and Allentown Bridgeworks Enterprise Center, Lisa Glover ’13 ’14G has become successful with her company, Architrep (Video)

Former Lehigh soccer player Ben Gucciardi honored for his global organization Soccer without BordersThe Morning Call, Jan. 20, 2015
With only $5,000 of winnings from Lehigh University’s EUREKA! Competition Series, Ben Gucciardi transformed his non-profit organization, Soccer Without Borders into a global organization that eventually sprouted enough to earn profit. The organization provides positive change by helping kids overcome obstacles to growth

LehighSiliconValley meets up with top-tier VC, Lehigh University News Center, Jan. 16, 2015
On Jan. 7, 2015, 56 Lehigh University students from all campus walks and a wide cross-section of academic discipline met up with Andreessen Horowitz and its chief operating officer, Scott Kupor, for an unscripted and no-holds-barred Q&A session

Lehigh Students venture to startup capital, LehighSiliconValley website, Jan. 16, 2015
56 Lehigh University students bused down to meet up with Andreessen Horowitz and its chief operating officer, Scott Kupor for an unscripted and no-holds-barred Q&A session. The energy was definitely high in the room

First Generation Fashion: The culturally aware blog to follow in 2015, Forbes, Jan. 15, 2015
Daniela Kucher ’13 ’14G, graduate of Lehigh University’s Technical Entrepreneurship program, passionately and successfully launches a fashion blog that covers culture and fashion. Stories from real women, first-generation Americans living in NYC

Lehigh Silicon Valley 2015 Video Blog, YouTube, Jan. 10, 2015
A video blog detailing the total immersion experience of LehighSiliconValley where student entrepreneurs interacted with entrepreneurs, CEOs, venture capitalists, from dinner to debriefing to “live” case studies to guest speakers

Ex-Lehigh soccer player to receive national reward, The Morning Call, Jan. 9, 2015
Former Lehigh men’s soccer player and entrepreneur Ben Gucciardi will receive the 2014 Jerry Yeagley Award for Exceptional Personal Service from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America

Microfinance institutions balance personal loans with sustainable business model, NerdWallet, Jan. 8, 2015
Todd Watkins, a economics professor at Lehigh University and Baker Institute co-executive director, says that mobile banking in Kenya benefits both MFIs and their customers

Learning to Fly, Lehigh University News Center, Jan. 7, 2015
Working with the American Helicopter Museum and the Boeing Co. Integrated Business and Engineering students Marty Melochick ’15, Brandyn Bok ’15, Tim Moulton ’15, Durlav Mudbhar ’15, Emily Jiang ’15 and Sheron Tang ’16 were assigned a task: build the museum’s new flight simulator and create a business plan for it. Through an arduous journey, their helicopter flight simulator is now in display at the American Helicopter Museum

Bethlehem resident to open shared live-work space for entrepreneurs, The Express-Times, Jan. 2, 2015
Steve Boerner ’15G, graduate student at Lehigh University’s Master’s Degree in Technical Entrepreneurship, plans to open Hatch House in July, a house for people who eat, sleep and breathe entrepreneurship

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