- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Provided By: College
- Session Start: June, July
- Session Length: Four Weeks
- Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Business/Entrepreneurship
- Sub-Categories: Business, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Work Experience, Career Exploration
- Selective: Yes
- Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
- Credit Awarded: No
IGEI offers students an intensive four week residential summer experience where international and U.S. high school students come together for learning opportunities, workshops, and design labs, a team project with real client organizations, visits to companies and mentoring from entrepreneurs, executives, and other professionals.
The Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship was established in 2001. 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 and life-long friendships.
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.
Sessions are facilitated by Lehigh faculty members as well as entrepreneurs and leaders of the local and international business community. The applied curriculum includes core and elective courses, entrepreneurial exchanges with leaders from business and industry, global exchanges, excursions to New York City and a variety of other interactive experiences and activities. The students are housed in Lehigh University dormitories and enjoy food and recreation using facilities at Lehigh and throughout the Lehigh Valley.
The program is open to all current high school sophomores and juniors (ages 15-18). The selection committee evaluates each application individually, and looks for evidence of leadership, entrepreneurship, and community service. Students of any nationality are welcome to apply.