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

June 11-13, 2018 in Lowell, Massachusetts

Agenda

The 2018 Symposium Agenda

Note: times and topics are subject to change. Please check back periodically for the latest updates.

Monday, June 11, 2018
8:00-4:00pm Symposium Check-In in the Lobby of the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (ICC)
1:00-4:30pm Innovation Ecosystem Tours: UML's ETIC, RURI, Makerspace, Innovation Hub, E for All, UTEC and Lowell Makes.
1:00-4:00pm Workshop A: Spurring Innovation with Project-based Learnings
Additional $75 Fee.
Workshop B: Exploring Entrepreneurial Engagement with FirstGen Students
Additional $75 Fee.
Workshop C: Preparing Student Entrepreneurs for High-Impact and Breakout Careers: Joining UNC’s Entrepreneurs Genome Project
Additional $75 Fee.

Workshop D: Transforming Education: Teaching Creative Problem Solving to Ignite Entrepreneurial Thinking in College Students
Additional $75 Fee.

5:30-7:30pm Welcome Reception – Networking and Cocktails at Lowell’s Mill No. 5
- Transportation will be available from the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
- Information will be available at the symposium check-in

Built in 1873, Mill No. 5 is a historical textile mill now the home to small companies and startups. The old mill features a movie theater, Victorian lounge, boutiques and more in a space focusing on bringing innovation together into a campus-like community.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
7:30-8:30am Symposium Check-In & Continental Breakfast - Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:30-8:40am Welcome, Grand Ballroom
8:40-9:30am Morning Keynote, Julie Lenzer (UMD)

It Takes a Village: Keys to accelerating innovation

The time when universities could maintain their position as an ivory tower, sprouting great ideas with no follow up to move those ideas into action, have passed. While the tower shouldn’t be obliterated, it needs to be more open and accessible to increase its impact. In this presentation, Julie Lenzer will draw on her experiences through every aspect of the ecosystem – from local to state to federal and now to academia – to outline the 3 P’s to accelerating innovation to impact, the role of universities in doing that, and the key elements required to build resilient and responsive ecosystems.

9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-11:00am
A1
Ecosystems
B1
Curriculum
C1
Commercialization
D1
Trends
11:00-11:15am Break
11:15-12:30pm
A2
Ecosystems
B2
Curriculum
C2
Commercialization
D2
Trends
12:30-1:45pm Networking Lunch - 50 Warren Restaurant, Dining Hall, Lower Locks
1:45-3:00pm
A3
Ecosystems
B3
Curriculum
C3
Commercialization
D3
Trends
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:30pm
A4
Ecosystems
B4
Curriculum
C4
Commercialization
D4
Trends
4:30-5:30 Break
5:30-6:30pm Poster Session with Networking Reception, 50 Warren Street
6:30-8:00pm 2017 Deshpande Symposium Awards Dinner & Celebration, Grand Ballroom

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
7:30-8:30am Symposium Check-In and Continental Breakfast - Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:30-9:30 Keynote
9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-11:00am
A5
Ecosystems
B5
Curriculum
C5
Commercialization
D5
Trends
11:00-11:15am Break
11:15-12:30am
A6
Ecosystems
B6
Curriculum
C6
Commercialization
D6
Trends
12:00am-1:30pm Boxed Lunch, Grand Ballroom Foyer
12:45-2:00pm
A7
Ecosystems
B7
Curriculum
C7
Commercialization
D7
Trends
2:15-2:30pm Closing Remarks, Grand Ballroom
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