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Our Vision

To accelerate student transformation and societal impact through inclusive entrepreneurial education, research and thought leadership.

Our Mission

Through an active research agenda, Lehigh@NasdaqCenter seeks to advance the field of entrepreneurship education and practice by developing, extending, and testing entrepreneurship theories in real world settings. Lehigh@nasdaqCenter bridges entrepreneurship theory and practice by working in close collaboration with scholars and practitioners, thereby making entrepreneurship research more impactful through real world application to benefit current and aspiring entrepreneurship in real-time.

Research Interests

LNC research focuses on the human side of entrepreneurship, with a primary aim on  understanding and identifying factors that foster equitable entrepreneurship. These factors encompass understanding the ability to build and maintain social capital through networking, developing the entrepreneurial mindset, and the role of well-being in creating sustainable entrepreneurial success.

Current research interests include:

  • Cognitive Processes in Opportunity Recognition
  • Social Networks and Entrepreneurial Success
  • Founder' Emotions and Entrepreneurial Decision Making
  • Founders' Well-being and Health
  • Entrepreneurial Identity and Motivation
  • Falure and Learning
  • Systemic Challenges and Opportunities in Entrepreneurship
  • Global Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Entrepreneurial Self-efficacy

Research Team

Lead Researcher

Willy Das
Research Scientist & Curriculum Innovation Manager

Past Research Fellows

Ahn Dinh
Anh Dinh
Head of Accreditation, University of Hohenheim
William Forester
William Forester
Instructor, Oregon State University
Luis Oberrauch
Luis Oberrauch
Post doctoral researcher, RPTU University

Research Outputs

Journal Publications

  • Dinh, A., Oberrauch, L & Dewalt, S. “What’s in a mindset? Exploring the entrepreneurial mindset.” Journal of Entrepreneurship Education (2022), 25(4),1-24. 
  • Berneking, J., & Dewalt, S “A Framework for Developing and Assessing the Global Entrepreneurial Mindset.” Assessment Update  (2023), 35(3), 1.
  • Das W & Das S. “A comparative study of novice and habitual entrepreneur’s choice for founding team member Journal of Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies (2022) ISSN: 2053-4604 Online ISSN: 2053-4612
  • Das, W., Das, S., & Chattopadhyay, M. “The emergence of entrepreneurial teams as a research field–way forward.” Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development (2021)

Conference Proceedings

  • Das, W., Kiss, AN. & Das, S. (2023) Founding team formation process and its effect on firm performance- Evidence from India- In Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.
  • Das, W., & Das, S. (2023) Do I like you or Do I Need You- Understanding the Co- Founder Selection Process- In Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510.
  • Das, W., & Das, S. (2022). A Qualitative Analysis of Partnership Formation–Matching Theory Perspective. In Academy of Management Proceedings. Academy of Management Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510. 
  • Das, W., & Das, S. (2022). The Entrepreneurial Founding Team-Unveiling the Dual Formation Strategy. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2022, No. 1, p. 14917). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.

Media Publications