Event Spotlights Entrepreneurial Talent in Lehigh Students
“I want to acknowledge the influence and impact of the Lehigh University Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Innovation, which for more than a decade has played a critical role in fostering an entrepreneurial mindset in Lehigh students from all backgrounds, identities, and disciplines. It has provided a platform for those with a desire to launch their own solutions,” said Lehigh University President Joseph Helble ’82 in his opening remarks. “Tonight’s Innovate! Celebrate! awards dinner is an opportunity to recognize the impact of immersive, hands-on experiences that help students learn to solve problems, create valuable solutions, and make a difference in the world through an entrepreneurial mindset — regardless of the career path they embark on.”
The event was held at Ben Franklin TechVentures®, two-time winner of the International Business Innovation Association Incubator of the Year award. The Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP_NEPA) has worked closely with Lehigh University from its beginning in 1984. Ben Franklin clients draw on the expertise of Lehigh faculty and the support of students, several of whom intern and are then hired. Clients have also used Lehigh’s equipment resources. These relationships have been extremely beneficial to Lehigh, Ben Franklin, and the business technology ecosystem of the entire region.
“We at Ben Franklin are delighted with the impacts of our collaborative work with Lehigh University,” said Angelo J. Valletta, President and Chief Executive Officer of BFTP_NEPA. “Lehigh develops the skillsets and mindsets of the future technology entrepreneurs who will launch here at Ben Franklin TechVentures.”