SAN FRANCISCO, CA and BETHLEHEM, PA--(Marketwired - Sep 29, 2016) - The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center (the Center), a non-profit designed to educate and connect the entrepreneurial community, has engaged Lehigh University as its exclusive Academic in Residence partner. Together, the Center and Lehigh create Lehigh@NasdaqCenter, an environment uniquely suited to advance the entrepreneurial spirit and skill set of students of any discipline. Lehigh@NasdaqCenter offers a campus extension for Lehigh students based in the heart of San Francisco, embedded in one of the most active startup scenes in the world.

The Center is uniquely positioned to support the development of rich, experience-based courses for students as it is a premiere resource within the San Francisco Bay Area. During its first year of operation, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center served more than 3,000 people through its education, events, and mentorship services.

"Having worked with over thousands of entrepreneurs, we have a nuanced understanding of what it takes to succeed as a growing business and when the most common challenges emerge. Some solutions can be taught in the classroom and some have to be personally experienced," said Nicola Corzine, executive director of the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center. "We are excited to build a new curriculum with one of the best institutions for teaching entrepreneurial studies." 

Lehigh University president John Simon added, "We are thrilled to launch this institutional partnership with someone who shares the same drive to nurture and support the entrepreneurial pursuit of value creation in our society."

The collaboration is being initiated by Lehigh University's renowned Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation. "This will be a University-wide collaboration with Nasdaq that taps into our shared ethos of innovation," said Baker Institute Executive Director Lisa Getzler. "Lehigh@NasdaqCenter provides a collaborative platform for Lehigh students, faculty and alumni to engage in innovation, entrepreneurial thinking and problem solving as it relates to a wide variety of disciplines."

About Lehigh University
Lehigh is a top-tier national residential research university. Our four colleges have earned a reputation for their entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approach to learning.

The Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation is Lehigh University's platform for building new enterprises. Entrepreneurship at Lehigh is seen as both a way of thinking and a discipline with specific tenets and skill sets. Lehigh University is ranked as a top 20 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine, and No. 12 by Bloomberg Businessweek.

About the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center
The Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization designed to educate, innovate and connect aspiring and current entrepreneurs. Established in 2014 with support from the Nasdaq Educational Foundation, the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center serves the greater Bay Area community through differentiated events, meaningful entrepreneurial education and a prominent mentorship program. For further information, please visit

About The Nasdaq Educational Foundation
The Nasdaq Educational Foundation, Inc. was established in 1994 and is supported entirely by contributors from Nasdaq. The mission of The Nasdaq Educational Foundation, Inc. is to promote and provide opportunities through collaborations and initiatives that support and deliver innovative educational programs and charitable activities.