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KitRex: 3D paper dinosaur an overnight success

A 15-foot class project that first turned heads at a costume party has spawned into an overnight crowdfunding sensation.

Lisa Glover '13, a student in Lehigh’s technical entrepreneurship master’s program, recently launched an online crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter for “KitRex: the 3D paper velociraptor that you build yourself” by folding a high quality Bristol board.

Her Kickstarter goal was rather modest: she aimed to raise $8,000 to purchase a custom-made steel die to cut the complex shapes needed for the kits. She quickly surpassed that goal, raising over $100,000 through orders for over 4,500 kits and three orders for giant, custom KitRex costumes – the inspiration for her start-up.

Drawing upon the origami skills she first learned as a young girl, Glover made the 15-foot velociraptor costume out of chipboard for a course assignment. It doubled as a Halloween costume and became a hit on Lehigh campus. The costume even made headlines in a New York Times feature about students getting creative.

Following graduation in May, Glover plans to grow her company, ArchiTrep, in the student incubator space at Ben Franklin TechVentures on Lehigh’s Mountaintop campus – an honor she earned as a first-place graduate student winner in the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation’s EUREKA! Ventures Competition Series.

Read the full story in the Lehigh University News Center.

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