The Joan F. & John M. Thalheimer '55 EUREKA! Ventures Competition is an student entrepreneurship competition to support project with the potential to make a positive impact through the pursuit of innovative thinking and sustainable business models.
The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation can offer student entrepreneurs a variety of resources, ranging from mentoring and idea-stage funding, through assistance that comes in the form of co-working space, meeting, and maker spaces, skill building, internships, coursework, and an impressive infrastructure.
This series of opportunities provides resources to undergraduates and graduate students who are working toward turning their innovative ideas into real enterprises and creating economic and social value.
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Applications and awards will now be available on a monthly basis during the Fall and Spring semester. To be considered eligible for an award, students must submit an online application and present a live pitch.
napkin sketch ideas and concepts you want to try out
prototyped ideas you've begun to validate technically and financially
prototyped ideas that have clear externally validated rationale both technically and financially
prototyped ideas that have externally validated rationale technically and financially, a team to execute, and the ability/desire
to take the idea to the world
*Stage 4 applications will be awarded once per year
at our Innovate Celebrate Awards dinner*
Idea Slam during Pitch Night
"I have identified a problem I care about solving
and I want to pitch it tonight”
Come and watch the other pitches and share your idea during our Idea Slam!
Who should apply?
Current Lehigh University undergraduate and graduate students who are working on self driven entrepreneurial projects for which they need mentorship, financial, or technical support to move their projects forward.
What can I use awarded funds for?
To learn and further validate your concepts. Most commonly this translates to spending resources on; prototyping, professional gatherings (conferences, trade shows ect.), and user feedback.
What can't I use awarded funds for?
Items that create tangible assets for your company or venture operations. Most commonly this translates to not being able to spend resources on things such as; manufacturing equipment, manufacturing production costs, product inventory, marketing or sales cost, paying for intellectual property and paying for legal entity filing (LLC).