10th Annual Symposium
June 9-11, 2020 | Cleveland, OH

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National speakers and esteemed colleagues share best practices and emerging opportunities

The Deshpande Symposium is an annual gathering of like-minded practitioners focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the college and university environment. With the impact of the COVID-19 readily upon us, this year’s Symposium will be entirely virtual. Though not what we originally planned, a virtual Symposium will still bring our extended higher ed innovation and entrepreneurship community together to share best practices, connect with colleagues and highlight all the terrific work being done on campuses across the country and around the world.

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

Contact Us

For more information, please contact entrepreneurship@uml.edu Follow us on Linkedin and Twitter. Please feel free to share this event information with your colleagues.

Steering Committee Members:

  • Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • Deshpande Foundation
  • Houston Community College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Queen's University
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Akron
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of North Carolina
  • VentureWell

Lead a Panel Discussion at the 2021 Symposium!

Share Your Experiences & Learn From Others Panel Topic Submission Form
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Nominate a Colleague or Institution for the 2021 Deshpande Awards for Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Nominate a Colleague or Institution!
Deadline: April 1, 2021

Access Session Recordings for the 2020 Symposium presentations

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2021 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors:
logos Burton Morgan
Gold Level Sponsors:
Venture Well UNC Omnova Solutions Purdue University Ashland University
Silver Level Sponsors:
JumpStart Case Western Reserve queens Texas A and M
Bronze Level Sponsors:
baldwin wallace university Edge Organization John Carroll University Kent State Lorain Community College Cleveland State University