8th Annual Symposium
June 10-12, 2019 in Lowell, Massachusetts

Deshpande Symposium On the Road: Northeast Ohio

Universities as Catalysts in Driving Regional Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

First of a series “Deshpande Symposium On the Road

Over the last decade, more than twenty college and university campuses in Northeast Ohio have joined forces to provide students with robust entrepreneurial experiences that help them to see firsthand what it means to be an entrepreneur or to work in a startup environment.  Utilizing Northeast Ohio as a laboratory, this two-day site visit will explore how universities build their own campus-based ecosystems, collaborate with each other, and connect across the full spectrum of entrepreneurial activities operating in the region.  The convening will include visits to illustrative university programs, key accelerator programs, and a workshop focused on the benefits and challenges of universities playing a catalytic role in an entrepreneurial ecosystem.  The workshop will be held in conjunction with the membership of Northeast Ohio’s JumpStart Higher Education Collaboration Council, a peer-to-peer learning community established in 2009.  The workshop will include plenary sessions and panels, as well as smaller working groups that will explore collaborative ideas for the engagement of students in startups, scaleups, design and innovation, investor due diligence, and intellectual property. 

Sponsored by Burton D. Morgan Foundation and JumpStart Higher Education Collaboration Council with visits to Case Western Reserve University think[box], Global Center for Health Innovation, Flashstarts, Kent State University LaunchNET, University of Akron I-Corps Program, and Akron’s BOUNCE Innovation Hub.

The Symposium On the Road is planned for November 13 and 14, 2018, with hotel accommodation in downtown Cleveland. Attendance is limited to 20 – 25 attendees, so please indicate your participation early to reserve a place at this inaugural Symposium On The Road.  Deadline to register is October 5, 2018.

Join us for a Northeast Ohio Deshpande Symposium On the Road!

Cleveland, Ohio

November 13 and 14, 2018

hotel Reservations




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

Monday, November 12, 2018
5:00 PM Cocktail hour for visitors – Drury Plaza Hotel, 1380 East 6th St. Cleveland, Ohio
6:00 PM Dinner option TBD – separate checks hosted by Vikki Broer, Burton D. Morgan Foundation – RSVP to vbroer@bdmorganfdn.org
Tuesday November 13, 2018
7:30 – 8:00 AM Travel via bus to Case Western Reserve University Sears think[box]
Richey Mixon Building, 11201 Cedar Ave, Cleveland
8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast & Welcome Remarks (Sears think[box], floor 2)

This will be an opportunity to engage with CWRU leadership/Deans across the schools/programs that will be highlighted during the visit, including: Ben Vinson, III, Provost and Executive Vice President; Suzanne Rivera, Vice President for Research and Technology Management; Tom Matthews, Interim Vice Provost for Student Success; Joe Jankowski, Chief Innovation Officer; Dean Venkataramanan “Ragu” Balakrishnan (CSE); Lisa Camp, Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives (CSE); Dean Manoj Malhotra (WSOM); Dean Cyrus Taylor (CAS); Dean Jessica Berg (Law); Dean Michael Scharf (Law).

Welcome to Northeast Ohio
Deb Hoover, President, Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Welcome to Case Western Reserve
Sue Rivera, Vice President for Research and Technology Management

9:00 – 10:00 AM Sears think[box] Tour (Facility-wide Tour)
Floors 2 – 7 (10 – 12 per group)
Malcolm Cooke and team
10:15 – 11:30 AM Roundtable Discussion (think[box], Fl 6, Burton D. Morgan Suite Conference Room)Overview of CWRU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Ecosystem
Suzanne Rivera, PhD, Vice President for Research and Technology Management and Joe Jankowski, PhD, Chief Innovation Officer

Sears think[box] – Malcolm Cooke, Executive Director, Sears think[box]

LaunchNet CWRU – Bob Sopko, Director

Intellectual Property Venture Clinic (IPVC) – Zahra Smith, Director of the IPVC

Corporate and Community Innovation Engagement – Tiffany McNamara, Director
of Outreach, Sears think[box] and Jim Pae, Director of Corporate Relations

Beyond Silicon Valley: Northeast Ohio Ecosystem as a Model for International Ecosystems – Michael Goldberg, Assistant Professor, Weatherhead School of Management

Digital Futures Initiative: think[box], Blockland, Interactive Commons, and the Future of Innovation – Lisa Camp, Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives, Case School of Engineering

11:30 – 11:45 Travel via bus to JumpStart, Inc. 6701 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland
11:45 – 12:45 PM Lunch at Jumpstart, Inc.Welcome by Cathy Belk, President JumpStart, Inc, Discussion Pat Grospiron, Partner, Network Management JumpStart and Heather Hall IT Entrepreneur in Residence (shared regional resource) – The discussion will include the role of a backbone organization in an ecosystem including the role of the State of Ohio and how to engage with higher education including interns and mentors.
12:45 – 1:00 Travel via bus to Flashstarts – Tower City, 50 Public Square, Ste 200 Cleveland
1:00- 2:00 Flashstarts – Alayna Klco, Director of Business Development, Emily Liptow,
Community ManagerTour and discussion including the connections of the accelerator to the Higher Ed ecosystem – international entrepreneurs, student companies in the accelerator, internship program in action.
2:00 – 2:15 Travel to Hotel (walkable – bus scheduled)
2:15 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:00 Travel to Global Center for Health Innovation (walkable – bus scheduled) 1 St. Clair Ave, NE, Cleveland, Ohio
3:00 – 7:30 Symposium and Dinner – Center for Global Health Innovation 1 St. Clair Ave NE, Cleveland Ohio All members of the NEO regional JumpStart Higher Education Collaboration Council invited
3:00 – 3:30 Welcome – Deidre Gannon, Vice President of Strategic Development, BioEnterpriseOverview of the Ecosystem role of Global Center for Health Innovations/Bioenterprise/Plug and Play
3:30 – 4:00 Panel 1: The Vibrant Campus Ecosystem: Connecting Classroom to ExperienceModerator: Vikki Broer, Special Initiatives Officer, Burton D. Morgan

Panelists: Dan Hampu, Executive Director Northeast Ohio Student Venture Fund, Lacey Kogelnick Director Center for Innovation and Growth Baldwin Wallace University, Jackie Schmidt Director Entrepreneurship Minor John Carroll University, John Myers Entrepreneur in Residence Mount Union College

4:15 – 4:45 Breakout sessions

  • Building an Effective Mentorship Program
    (Jackie Schmidt and John Myers)
  • Experiential Learning: Connecting Academic and Co- curricular activities (Lacey Kogelnick and Dan Hampu)
5:00 – 5:30 Panel 2: The Regional Ecosystem: Building an Effective Collegiate
Moderator: Cathy Belk, President JumpStart

Panelists: Deborah Hoover, President and CEO Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Bill Leamon Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Notre Dame College, Terri Sandu Director, Talent and Business Innovation Lorian County Community College, Kay Molkentin Director of the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship Hiram College, Shauna Brummett President and CEO BioHio Research Park The Ohio State University

5:45 – 6:15 Breakout sessions

  • Overcoming Distance within the Ecosystem – (Shauna Brummet, Cathy Belk)
  • Navigating Leadership/building an on-campus ecosystem (Terri Sandu, Bill Leamon)
  • Building a culture of collaboration between schools – role of the neutral broker (Deb Hoover, Kay Molkentin)
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner and Plenary – Charles Stack, Co-Founder and CEO Flashstarts
Post 7:30 Dessert /networking
Wednesday Nov 14, 2018
8:15 AM Travel via bus to Bounce Innovation Hub 526 S. Main St., Akron, Ohio
9:00 – 9:45 Introduction to Bounce- Jessica Sublett, Chief Operating Officer, Bounce Innovation Hub
10:00 – 10:45 Panel: Building a local Summit County Ecosystem within NEOModerator: Deb Hoover, President and CEO, Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Panelists: Barry Rosenbaum, Senior Fellow, University of Akron Research Foundation, Jessica Sublett Chief Operating Officer Bounce, Bryan Herschel Executive Assistant Summit County Executive, Heather Roszczyk, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Advocate, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, City of Akron, Steve Millard, President and CEO, Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce

11:00 Travel to Kent State University (KSU) by bus, 1125 Risman Drive, Kent OH
11:30 – 12:00 PM LaunchNet KSU/ Library tour – Zach Mikrut, Program Manager LaunchNET
12:00-1:00 Lunch –Julie Messing, Executive Director Entrepreneurship Initiatives, KSU Discussion around engaging the entire campus as a design thinking/entrepreneurial hub/effective campus ecosystem.
1:15 – 2:30 PM Roundtable Discussion: Wrap up and Key Takeaways
3:00 PM Bus leaves for Hopkins Airport/ Drury Hotel