National recognition continues to pour in to Lehigh University for its exceptional entrepreneurship program.
For the fourth year since its inception, the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation has been ranked as one of the top 20 entrepreneurship programs in the nation by the Princeton Review.
Founded in 2010 through a donation by the Dexter F. and Dorothy H. Baker Foundation, the Institute provides students with the resources and opportunities for their ventures to succeed. More than 500 students enroll in entrepreneurship courses every year and recent grads have launched over 150 startups.
“My father’s dream was to inoculate all Lehigh students with an entrepreneurial mindset and determination to think creatively and challenge the status quo,” said Carol Baker, Baker Foundation trustee, daughter of Dexter and Dorothy Baker and member of the Baker Institute Advisory Council. “The Baker Institute is making impressive progress toward that goal. I’m confident this restructuring will enable the institute to reach more students, alumni, community members and others and deliver even richer resources and opportunities.”
Lehigh recently announced that Baker Institute directors Lisa Getzler-Linn and Todd Watkins now serve as co-executive directors of the Institute. Getzler-Linn previously worked as administrative director and later senior director of programs and operations.
Watkins, who has served as executive director since the Institute’s founding, said, “The goal of the program is to make it a destination for creative minds of all flavors. We don’t care if you’re an English major, History, Finance, or Mechanical Engineering. We figure you can be as creative and innovative in whatever you do.”
In the past four years, the program has expanded to include VENTURESeries MBA courses from the College of Business and Economics, a national award-winning master’s degree in technical entrepreneurship in the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, and an undergraduate entrepreneurship minor.