And if all else fails…

And if all else fails…

And so, the first-ever LehighSiliconValley comes to a close. On Saturday evening the group reconvened for graduation at Le Meridien Park Grill. One week after touching down in San Francisco, the group leaves with a greater, deeper understanding of new-venture creation.

Chris McDemus, professor of practice (and a lawyer, and an entrepreneur), provided some parting words of wisdom. “The worst thing you can do is go back to school to your normal life,” he said. “Do something different. Take a piece of this week and incorporate it into your life.”

A Home for Entrepreneurship

Did you know… Lehigh is among the Top 25 Undergraduate Programs for Entrepreneurship in the country, according to the Princeton Review andEntrepreneur magazine.

This was a life-changing experience. We learned in a week what couldn’t be replicated in a 15-week semester.
LeVaughn Nesbitt ‘13, accounting major, on LehighSiliconValley

Scenes from the MBA students’ free time in San Francisco.

Today we’re exploring San Francisco and got our first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. Did you know that Lehigh’s McClintic and Marshall dorms, more commonly known as M&M, are named for 1888 graduates Howard McClintic and Charles Marshall, who built the Golden Gate Bridge?

Today we’re exploring San Francisco and got our first glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge. Did you know that Lehigh’s McClintic and Marshall dorms, more commonly known as M&M, are named for 1888 graduates Howard McClintic and Charles Marshall, who built the Golden Gate Bridge?

MBA student Jen Giordano’s view of the Bay Bridge. 

MBA student Jen Giordano’s view of the Bay Bridge. 

We’re in the homestretch of LehighSiliconValley. Right now Mike Carusi ‘87, general partner of Advanced Technology Ventures, is driving home some of the lessons the students have learned over the course of the week. Here Rick Stuby, one of the MBA students in the group, asks a question.

Tyler Walton ‘12 said he was up all night planning the next billion-dollar idea. The team is in the final stretch of their last live case. Although tomorrow’s a free day in San Francisco, many students are trying to make connections with people and companies before returning to the East Coast.

Tyler Walton ‘12 said he was up all night planning the next billion-dollar idea. The team is in the final stretch of their last live case. Although tomorrow’s a free day in San Francisco, many students are trying to make connections with people and companies before returning to the East Coast.

It’s the last working day, and we’ve scrapped the power point presentation in order to dive into the (many) questions for Ken Ludlum ‘75, CEO of EndoGastric Solutions. Ken’s company develops new transoral incisionless procedures and products in order to advance the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.

It’s the last working day, and we’ve scrapped the power point presentation in order to dive into the (many) questions for Ken Ludlum ‘75, CEO of EndoGastric Solutions. Ken’s company develops new transoral incisionless procedures and products in order to advance the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.