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Make a virtual visit to our dedicated spaces - studio classroom, Creativity & Innovation Lab, and business incubator - where Technical Entrepreneurship master's students learn to conceptualize ideas, build products, and launch companies:


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Building

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Teams develop a “wheeled transportation device” based on a theme of assistive technology and create innovative prototypes of their devices. (TE 301: Creativity and Systematic Innovation Methods)
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SOLDERING

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In a series of class sessions that focus on electronics and microcontrollers, students learn to solder their own circuit boards. (TE 303: Methods in Prototyping, Modeling and Testing)

MOckups

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Students create rapid mockups using paper and clay and then study what they can learn from creating the mockups, gaining user feedback, and creating new mockups, applying those insights to their technical entrepreneurship endeavors. They also practice methods of prototyping, including with wire, chipboard, and multiple materials. Mockups are based on ideas generated during TE 301: Creativity and Systematic Innovation Methods and as solutions to class-generated problems. (TE 303: Methods in Prototyping, Modeling and Testing)

startups

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Meeting at Ben Franklin TechVentures, a high-tech business incubator on the Lehigh University campus, students draft business plans for the launch of products and companies and develop communication with potential customers. They explore sources of startup funding and learn about legal issues surrounding funding sources, such as angel investors, seed funding, venture capitalists, friends, families, and web-based solicitations. At the internationally recognized TechVentures (named the 2012 National Incubator of the Year by the National Business Incubation Association) student entrepreneurs pitch their ventures to funders and incubator managers, work alongside professional entrepreneurs, and have access to high-tech meeting spaces and the Ben Franklin network of business mentors. (TE 405: Entrepreneurial Startups)

Bridge lab

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Students are assigned to construct a “soft” bridge out of “found” materials not larger than 3’ wide and 3” tall, spanning a gap of 24”. They present their bridges in class explaining the design concept, sourcing of materials, and application of creativity and innovation techniques. (TE 301: Creativity and Systematic Innovation Methods)

melting pot

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"The Melting Pot” activity encourages students to develop business ideas, products/services, and target markets based on their interests and working with each other using the technique of “bisociation,” the relation of two ideas or objects not usually regarded as related. (TE 301: Creativity and Systematic Innovation Methods)

TRADEUP

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Students select a paper clip from a bowl and then trade it to another person for something they perceive to be of more value in an exercise influenced by The One Red Paperclip Project. They continue making trades and at the conclusion of the “trading up” assignment they keep their final item. The exercise helps students develop innovative ways to reach target markets, identify needs, and learn about aspects of themselves that will help them in their entrepreneurial careers. (TE 301: Creativity and Systematic Innovation Methods)
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biomimicry

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Reflecting on Leonardo da Vinci’s premise that “those who are inspired by a model other than nature, a mistress above all masters, are laboring in vain,” students spend two hours in nature without technology observing, gathering samples, and recording their observations. They then develop ideas for new or enhanced products or services based on their observations and samples from nature, sketches, and creativity methods learned in class. They present the ideas to the class, explaining the source of inspiration, providing visual aids, and explaining the design concept. (TE 301: Creativity and Systematic Innovation Methods)

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