Increase in Entrepreneurs and Corresponding Courses at Lehigh University

Matt Crowe’s Blog

An article recently completed by Northampton News details the steady incline of courses dedicated to entrepreneurism and analyzes potential causes.  At Lehigh University, creativity is aflutter, as the Wilbur Powerhouse is home to a 3D Printer, which allows for projects to be printed in 3D.  The Creativity Lab has partially completed projects thrown about, notes scribbled on the blackboards to help them along the process.  The environment is intended to inspire the best in their Technical Entrepreneurism Program, which involves twenty-seven students, who engage in an accelerated masters degree program that was created two years ago.

According to the article, the program at Lehigh University is one small fraction of a larger project, instigated by the Baker Institute of Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation.  The Baker Institute, which started in 2010 with four undergraduate classes offered to one hundred and forty two students, has now grown to involve eighteen classes and five hundred undergraduate students.  Both Lehigh University and its affiliate the Baker Institute are one part of a growing trend; classes in entrepreneurship have steadily increased since the mid 1970s.

According to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting education and entrepreneurship, the last two decades have particularly seen a steep incline in programs.  This statistic is confirmed by a study completed by the United States Commerce Department in October, which declared that a majority of jobs created in the last two decades were due to start-ups.  The article attempts to explain this, as it indicates Millennials are inclined to step out of molds and actively seek to make a change in the world.  Armed with technology that makes this process easier, Millennials strive to build this trend.  In addition, the display of successful entrepreneurs, such as Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, has shown Millennials that this can be a thriving and prosperous avenue, if the right idea is pursued.  In the words of the United States Commerce Department, entrepreneurship emphasizes a focus on short-term goals to create fulfilling long-term projects.  Proactive Millennial’s can’t help but pursue these notions at full speed ahead.

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