6th Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation
& Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

June 12-14, 2017 in Lowell, Massachusetts

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June 12-14, 2017

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National speakers and esteemed colleagues discuss 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

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Steering Committee Members:

  • Arizona State University
  • Babson College
  • Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • Deshpande Foundation
  • Queen’s University
  • Rice University
  • University of Akron
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Middlesex Community College
  • VentureWell

Lead a Panel Discussion at the 2017 Symposium!

Deadline: February 15, 2017

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Nominate a Colleague or Institution for the 2017 Deshpande Awards for Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

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2016 Symposium Highlights

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Thank you to all our keynote speakers, panelists, sponsors and participants for making the 2016 Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education a terrific success! We would also like to congratulate the winners of the 2016 Deshpande Symposium Awards for Excellence in Higher Education Entrepreneurship.

2016 Sponsors

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Middlesex Community College | Babson College | Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc. | LaunchBoard

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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