Sponsor a Project

Kickstart A Dream
Lehigh University’s Technical Entrepreneurship (TE) Capstone program focuses on technical entrepreneurship through experiential learning. We use the new product development process as a means to the end of preparing our students to lead companies in creativity, innovation and the commercialization of intellectual property. Students who have participated in TE Capstone find that their experiences are invaluable once they have entered the workplace.
The TE capstone course sequence is the culmination of experiential learning where students work in cross-disciplinary teams with faculty and senior peer mentors, as well as with mentors from both established and local startup companies through sponsored partnerships. These partnerships form the backbone on which TE Capstone establishes the interdisciplinary teams and the curricula focusing on experiential learning through product and process development. The award-winning TE Capstone (formerly Integrated Product Development) program, now in its 21st year, counts among its ranks about 400 industry sponsored projects and almost 3,000 student participants. Each year TE Capstone offers this two-course sequence to approximately 200 students for a total of 5 or 6 credits that are co-listed under engineering, business, and design.

For the 2018 project year, we are offering a total of 35 sponsored partnerships to accommodate the anticipated 200+ students. Typically each of the teams will have 5 or 6 students. The projects run one calendar year which is divided into three parts:

  1. A spring conceptual design semester, focusing on opportunity identification, market research, creative solutions, technical and financial feasibility.
  2. An optional summer at your company (funded separately).
  3. A fall semester of fabricating, building and testing a prototype, models and simulations of both technical and business aspects of the project.

The projects begin with a tradeshow-style Sponsor Fair in early spring and conclude with the final presentations in early December with many opportunities in between for both formal and informal interactions.

The sponsorship fee provides funding for both the project and program. If any inventions, improvements, discoveries or other Intellectual Property (IP) arise from the project, the sponsor retains title to them. In addition the TE Capstone program requires the sponsoring companies to:

  • Refrain from asking students to sign a Confidentiality, NDA or Non-Compete.
  • Maintain comprehensive liability and damage insurance of $1 million dollars.
  • Allow the TE Capstone program to make the project description and results of the teamwork public.

Our over 20 years of experience have shown that these items are non-trivial and require lead time and often perseverance to get company approvals.