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

June 11-13, 2018 in Lowell, Massachusetts

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June 11-13, 2018

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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:

  • Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum
  • University Research Commercialization and Startups
  • Developing Entrepreneurial Universities, Culture & Ecosystems

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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

Lead a Panel Discussion at the 2018 Symposium!

Share Your Experiences & Learn From Others Panel Topic Submission Form
Deadline: February 15, 2018

Nominate a Colleague or Institution for the 2018 Deshpande Awards for Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Nominate a Colleague or Institution!
Deadline: April 6, 2018

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.

2018 Sponsors

Founding Sponsors


2018 Sponsors

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