Lehigh's one-year, 30-credit professional master's program in Technical Entrepreneurship helps student entrepreneurs create, refine, and commercialize intellectual property through the licensing or launching of a new business. Students in the program learn by experiencing the idea-to-venture process in an educational environment that's hard-wired to support the development of novel, innovative, and commercially viable technologies.
Graduate students in the program come from a variety of undergraduate disciplines, from business and engineering to liberal arts and sciences. As they develop their ideas, Technical Entrepreneurship students enjoy access to Lehigh’s extensive laboratory and shop resources, which include 3-D rapid prototyping equipment; a secure, dedicated studio classroom; and the Creativity and Innovation Lab. The program features faculty dedicated specifically to Technical Entrepreneurship courses and curriculum designed exclusively for the program. Each student cohort is encouraged to form teams to develop product ideas and apply for seed funding that is available to support the development of the best product/company ideas.
Teams are mentored by Technical Entrepreneurship faculty to help them start and grow their companies, employing the resource of more than 50 programs and organizations that are part of Lehigh’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Students are also connected to a rapidly growing regional community of tech incubation events, resources, and organizations, from tech and startup meetups to venture pitch competitions, hackathons, and economic development resources. Upon graduation, they earn a master's of engineering (M.Eng.) degree.
The business community -- from young startups to the Fortune 500 -- recognizes the need for creative and innovative minds with the skills to lead and manage product development. In addition, many national and state agencies require grant recipients to commercialize research. Graduates of the TE program are well positioned to take on complex product development roles and assignments. Students completing the program are equipped to launch their own companies, products, and ventures; they may also work at existing companies such as startups and in new product development areas in larger companies.
Lehigh University's undergraduate Technical Entrepreneurship Capstone program (formerly known as, Integrated Product Development (IPD)) and Baker Institute for Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship have a nationally recognized track record of "teaching innovation" and launching successful student companies. Launched in 2012, the TE program draws upon these initiatives as well as existing master's programs in the university's department of mechanical engineering.
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