Lehigh's Master's Degree in Technical Entrepreneurship provides training in the art and practice of creating new companies while bringing revolutionary products and services to market. The one-year, in-residence program draws upon Lehigh's deep-rooted and powerful ecosystem of programs dedicated to the teaching of business and technology innovation, building upon the success of such endeavors as Lehigh's Integrated Product Development (IPD) program and the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.
Simply put, Lehigh teaches and nurtures innovation like no other university in the world. The results are evident among the ever-growing list of successful startups springing from our campus ...
|Lehigh Valley Grand Prix|
Mike McCreary, Class of 2007
When his idea to start a grand prix in the Lehigh Valley won a grant through Lehigh's 2007 Joan F. and John M. Thalheimer '55 Student Entrepreneurs Competition, McCreary kicked his plan into motion. With the grand opening just two months after he received his diploma, Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, McCreary and his business partner, Chris Cooper '06, were on the fast track to success. As one of the largest facilities with the fastest indoor go-karts in the area, Lehigh Valley Grand Prix offers an adrenaline-boosting experience for a reasonable cost.
Curtis MacDonald, Class of 2005
While still a student in the Integrated Business and Engineering program, MacDonald began designing and building a wireless adapter that would allow him to live outside of the Lehigh network but still connect to it. Although his first prototype was made from an old soup can, he eventually designed the Wi-Fire adaptor, a one-of-a-kind device in its field. HField Technologies, established by MacDonald, as well as Lehigh graduates Tom DiClemente '74 and Blake Kleintop '06, sells the Wi-Fire adapter, which allows user to access wireless networks from three times the standard distance by simply plugging the product to their computer's USB port.
LifeServe Innovations, LLC
|George Guest, Ltd.|
George Keeler, Class of 2009
What began as a personal project by George Keeler '09 became George Guest, Ltd., a company that designs and manufactures backpacks for everyday use, but also for outdoor enthusiasts and travelers' adventures. After designing the first prototype, Keeler entered and won the 2008 Joan F.and John M. Thalheimer '55 Student Entrepreneurs Competition, which awarded him the grant he needed to edit and redesign his sample backpack, as well as jumpstart the company. As the first product Keeler developed, the extremely lightweight and waterproof G-paK features an innovative drawstring closure system and can be compacted into a pouch the size of a wallet. The company is now preparing for the launch of their new line of travel-inspired products that will be released through its Web site in Spring 2011.
|Identity Finder, LLC|
Todd Feinman, Class of 1990
A leader in data loss and identity theft prevention services, Identity Finder, LLC offers its services to more than 3,000 corporations in 40 countries around the world. CEO and co-founder Todd Feinman '90 leads the company in its mission to protect users' stored personal information. Using an innovative approach, Identity Finder protects a user's 'Data-at-Rest,' ranging from bank account information to social security numbers, rather than trying to prevent the hackers from entering users' servers through 'Data-in-Motion' like most other data loss and theft prevention resources.