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Learn how to think like an entrepreneur and recognize problems as opportunities. Expand your leadership potential and global network. Join a group of emerging leaders from across the U.S. and around the world. Work with a diverse team to solve a real problem facing a company or organization.

IGEI is a highly interactive program that combines real-world learning opportunities and intercultural experiences.

  • Work on a group project solving a real problem for a U.S. or international client company.
  • Learn about entrepreneurship, design thinking, global leadership and working within a culturally diverse group.
  • Meet other bright high school students (ages 15-17) from around the world and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Students will select from focus areas like Sustainability, Technology, Population Health, or Marketing and Branding, with the unique opportunity to pursue a “deep dive” within the entrepreneurship intensive. The curriculum includes faculty from across the university and throughout the worldwide Iacocca Institute network, as well as collaboration with Lehigh’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation; Lehigh@NasdaqCenter; and the Mountaintop Initiative.

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What You’ll Learn

Program graduates will learn to:

  • evaluate whether an idea has the potential to become a successful innovation,
  • work as part of an international team, and
  • develop a functional business and marketing plan.

What You’ll Do

The curriculum includes:

  • Entrepreneurial design challenges and a team project to develop a solution for a U.S. or international client organization
  • Deep-dive focus on an area of interest, such as sustainability, population health, marketing/branding, or technology, with Lehigh University faculty and mentors
  • Core sessions in entrepreneurship, ethics, marketing, basic accounting and global enterprise with Lehigh faculty and other expert facilitators leaders
  • Additional workshops in negotiating, leadership development, and optional focus areas
  • Conversations with entrepreneurs sharing real-life stories of success and lessons learned
  • Pre-college exposure, including admissions information, financial aid guidance and college major/career exploration
  • Roommates, cultural and social activities, and connections with university students and campus community


The application for the 2023 Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive will be available in October 2022.


Academically talented U.S. and international high school students who are current sophomores or juniors at the time of the application deadline may apply. Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, an interest in entrepreneurship and a record of leadership and service activities.

A selection committee of Lehigh University faculty and staff and business leaders reviews applications for academic achievement and commitment, leadership initiative, ability to contribute to a living/learning community and excellent written expression.

The program helped me develop time management skills, which dramatically increased my performance in both school activity and extracurricular work. In addition, I met people with whom I continue to talk, and have no intention to stop. That is why I know that the virtual program had an effect on me I will not stop experiencing for a long time.

Eduard S., Ukraine
IGEI Virtual 2020

Students in the Iacocca Global Entrepeneurship Intensive waiting to visit Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

My attendance in this program has drastically affected my life in a positive way. I got a chance to be a part of a prestigious program that is dedicated to entrepreneurship. For my entire life, I have always wanted to help other people. Our project we allowed me to do just that. This program gave me a clear idea as to which career path I wish to choose for myself.

Ishaan P., India
IGEI Virtual 2020

Students in the Iacocca Global Entrepeneurship Intensive enjoy a break from the program

I am so grateful to have had this experience. Working alongside a group of talented individuals helped me build my group work skills and exposed me to a variety of cultures. This program and the people I met have shaped me as a leader and as a person. In addition to all the useful entrepreneurial tips and insights I received, I enjoyed getting hands-on consulting experience. 

Jesse L., New Jersey
IGEI 2019

Students in the Iacocca Global Entrepeneurship Intensive visit EcoTech Marine in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The experiences I gained as well as the incredible friends I made through my time at the program will last with me for the rest of my life. I would like to sincerely thank you for the incredible environment you established, which has made me fall in love with the business world and the Lehigh community. 

Harry S., New York
IGEI 2019

Students in the Iacocca Global Entrepeneurship Intensive enjoying a class discussion