7th Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation
& Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

June 11-13, 2018 in Lowell, Massachusetts

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National speakers and esteemed colleagues share best practices and emerging opportunities

The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the college and university environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each others' experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and start-ups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their academic communities.

National speakers and esteemed colleagues discuss best practices and emerging opportunities:

  • Developing Entrepreneurial Universities: Culture & Ecosystems
  • Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum
  • University Research Commercialization and Startups
  • Emerging Trends & Topics

2017 Keynote Speakers

Jerry Engel

Hear from Keynote Jerry Engel - Entrepreneurship Visionary, Founder of UC Berkeley's Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and author of Global Clusters of Innovation. Read More »

Laurie Leshin

Keynote Laurie Leshin, 16th President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute will share her ideas on the convergence of innovation, entrepreneurship education and visionary scientific research. Read More »

Bob Metcalf

Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Murchison Chair of Free Enterprise. Read More »

Contact Us

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Steering Committee Members:

  • Arizona State University
  • Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • Deshpande Foundation
  • Houston Community College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Queen's University
  • Rice University
  • University of Akron
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of North Carolina
  • VentureWell
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

2017 Symposium Highlights

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Thank you to all our keynote speakers, panelists, sponsors and participants for making the 2017 Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education a terrific success! We would also like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Deshpande Symposium Awards for Excellence in Higher Education Entrepreneurship.

2017 Sponsors

Founding Sponsors


2017 Sponsors

Gold Level Sponsors:
asu UNC Venture Well
Silver Level Sponsors:
WPI WPI UMass Donahue
Bronze Level Sponsors:
WPI WPI queens Middlesex Community College

Supporting Sponsors: Babson College, Ideator, Mass Clean Energy Center, VentureBlocks LLC

UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

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UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center 42.643224, -71.307099 UMass Lowell Inn & Conference CenterThe Symposium will be held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (ICC) in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts, just 25 miles northwest of Boston and easily accessible from both Logan and Manchester Airports.
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