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Join exceptional U.S. and international high school students for two intensive weeks of global entrepreneurship and leadership training at the Lehigh@NASDAQ headquarters in San Francisco, California.

Build your skills and broaden your perspectives as you experience the unique entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley.

The program includes interactive learning experiences, projects, company visits, cultural activities and discussions with entrepreneurs and executives. It’s offered in collaboration with Lehigh@NasdaqCenter, a partnership between Lehigh University and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco, and Lehigh’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation, a renowned leader in entrepreneurial education.

If you have questions, contact Petrina Davidson at pml314@lehigh.edu or (610) 758-6887.

About the Program

High school students will learn about leadership and entrepreneurship through the following experiences.

Workshops and Design Labs: Students engage in high-energy interactive workshops using design thinking, ideation, business model canvas, and other tools to build capabilities for creative problem definition and solution. Additional learning sessions cover fundamentals such as marketing new ventures, understanding financial statements, project management, networking and business relationships.

Design Project Experience: A central feature of the program is the Design Project Experience, in which students partner with a company or enterprise to solve a real problem with an entrepreneurial solution. Students work in teams (with a mentor) and collaborate with clients virtually and in-person. Each student team prepares and delivers a formal pitch presentation outlining their solution and recommendations. Clients will be drawn from Lehigh@NasdaqCenter and Lehigh University Iacocca Institute relationships in the San Francisco area.

Entrepreneurs and Executive Visitors: Featured speakers (entrepreneurs, executives, investors and other professionals) discuss topics of interest to aspiring entrepreneurs at Lehigh@NasdaqCenter or at a company site:

  • Leadership and ethics
  • Working in cross-cultural teams
  • Entrepreneurs and social impact
  • Funding new ventures

Visitors also offer their background and experiences, personal philosophy of success as an entrepreneur or leader, strategies for success and lessons learned, and advice for young entrepreneurs.

Company Site Visits and Cultural Trips: Students will visit companies, startups and other organizations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, including an incubator and other resource centers for entrepreneurial ventures, as well as local tourist attractions and cultural events.

International and Cultural Exchange: Collectively, Iacocca Institute programs have hosted participants from more than 140 countries. We expect this program to have a mix of U.S. and international students, offering significant opportunities to work closely with and get to know students from other countries and cultures. They will work together on a community service project, talent show and Cultural Night celebration.

Lehigh@NasdaqCenter

Lehigh@NasdaqCenter is a partnership between Lehigh University and the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center, a nonprofit that educates and connects the entrepreneurial community. Lehigh@NasdaqCenter in an extension of Lehigh’s campus in the heart of San Francisco, embedded in one of the most active startup scenes in the world. This environment is uniquely suited to advance the entrepreneurial spirit and skill sets of students in any discipline.

How to Apply

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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.

Program Fees

The cost for the Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive San Francisco and Silicon Valley is $4,850. The fee includes housing, meals, instructional materials, project transportation, field trips and curriculum-related social activities. Students must live in program housing for the duration of the Intensive and participate in all program activities.

Location and Logistics

Workshop sessions and selected events are held at the Lehigh@NasdaqCenter; other activities take place at company or cultural sites in the San Francisco Bay area. Chaperoned local transportation between housing, Lehigh@NasdaqCenter and other locations is provided. Students will stay in a local hotel or equivalent housing as a group, two or three to a room depending on room setup. Mentors and staff managers will be housed at the same site to provide a safe and supervised environment.