10th Annual Symposium
June 10-11, 2021 | Virtual Event

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Previous Webinars

Music as an Entrepreneurial Venture (Feb. 9, 2021)

Watch Now » The Deshpande Symposium proudly presented a discussion with Greg Harris from the Rock and Roll Hall of fame about the role entrepreneurship plays in the music industry.

Managing in Times of Crisis (Nov. 17, 2020)

Watch Now » The Deshpande Symposium presented a panel of distinguished academic and industry leaders who discussed navigating their organization through the unexpected challenges of 2020.

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

2021 Keynote Speakers


Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan

The Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan is a computer scientist and engineer and the 15th director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Panchanathan was nominated to this position by the President of the United States in 2019 and subsequently unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 18, 2020. NSF is an $8.3B independent federal agency and the only government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation and STEM education. Read More »


Gilda A. Barabino, Ph.D.

Gilda A. Barabino is President of Olin College of Engineering. She previously served as the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor and Dean at The City College of New York’s (CCNY) Grove School of Engineering. Prior to joining CCNY, she was the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory. At Georgia Tech, she also served as the inaugural Vice Provost for Academic Diversity. Prior to that, she rose to the rank of Professor of Chemical Engineering and was the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Northeastern University. Read More »

Contact Us

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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