EUREKA! Ventures Competition

Every year, the Baker Institute’s EUREKA! series of student competitions seeks proposals with the potential to make a positive impact through the pursuit of innovative thinking and sustainable business models. These competitions give Lehigh University undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni the opportunity to work together to turn innovative ideas into real enterprises  . . .  creating economic and social value. Winners receive awards in cash and in-kind prizes that help them launch or expand their ventures.

All proposals must include at least one team member who is an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a degree-seeking program at Lehigh during the academic year of the competition. That student must both originate and lead the startup/project team. Alumni, faculty, and staff may participate in ventures with students or may offer their expertise as mentors or domain experts to student startups. Students participating in more than one startup proposed to the EUREKA! Competition may only be a majority stakeholder in one.

Dates for 2016-2017:

  • October 1-31: Proposal development coaching by request (email
  • October 12: Information Session on the Competition (4:10-5 p.m., STEPS 101 – RSVP at
  • November 1: Completed proposals due by 11:59 pm
  • November 1-6: Review process/judging begins
  • November 6-9: Semi-finalists asked to complete second round of questions by noon on November 9th
  • November 9-11: Review of second round questions
  • November 14 & 15: Finalist interviews
  • November 16: 2017 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
  • April 2017: Winners honored at Innovate! Celebrate! awards dinner


For more information about the EUREKA! Ventures Competition, see

Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation provides winners with a  variety of resources, from mentoring and funding to assistance in the form of incubator space, boot camps, internships, coursework, facilities, and an impressive infrastructure. Cash prizes range from $250 to $5,000. Examples of non-cash prizes include coworking space in the student incubator on campus, semi-private office space in Ben Franklin TechVentures business incubator, and a funded TE Capstone project.

I’ve won an award. What’s next?

For more information about the EUREKA! Ventures Competition, contact Lisa Getzler, Baker Institute co-executive director, at or (610) 758-4620.


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