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Expanding innovation's footprint

The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation has expanded Lehigh’s student incubator space, adding two new locations for aspiring and award-winning entrepreneurs. This move accommodates Lehigh’s growing entrepreneurial infrastructure, says Todd Watkins, director of the Baker Institute. More students participate in the Eureka! Venture Series Competition than ever before, and their interest in Lehigh’s burgeoning entrepreneurship minor is at an all-time high. In addition to a location for their new business, students who are awarded incubator space also obtain access to faculty expertise, computer and other resources, and, in some instances, funding. Lehigh students -- both graduate and undergraduate -- now have access to offices in Chandler-Ullmann that abut a conversational area called the “Collaboration Lounge.” The new arrangement, says Watkins, will create a creative atmosphere where ideas can be exchanged between design arts and entrepreneurial-minded students.