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

Deadline to register is October 5, 2018.

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