13th Annual Symposium
Save-the-date: June, 2024 | College Park, MD

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Thank you to all who participated in the 12th Annual Deshpande Symposium

Nearly 200 higher education innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) catalysts from around the world joined us at this year’s Deshpande Symposium! We convened for two energizing pre-conferences; heard from our insightful main stage thought leaders Philip Gaskin, Nancy Kamei, Katharine Ku, Andrew J. Maas, and Natalie Madeira Cofield; sparked meaningful conversations across 28 panel sessions; forged lasting connections with our attendees and exhibitors; and celebrated five awardees at the Heard Museum for their outstanding contributions to the advancement of I&E within their campuses and communities. Join us in saving the date for the 13th Annual Deshpande Symposium in June 2024 at the University of Maryland!

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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

2023 Keynote Speakers


Philip Gaskin

Philip Gaskin is vice president of Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he is responsible for leading the Kauffman Foundation’s efforts to build an economy that works for all people by making entrepreneurship an integral component of economic development policies, practices, and programs ... Read More »                


Natalie Madeira Cofield

Natalie Madeira Cofield is a presidentially appointed expert on small business and has been named one of the most powerful women in business by Entrepreneur Magazine. An award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, political appointee, and economic activist ... Read More »

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!

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Contact Us

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10-Year Anniversary Commemorative Flip Book

On our 10-year anniversary, we invite you to take a look back at everything The Deshpande Symposium has accomplished through the years.

Check Out The Flip Book »

Previous Webinars

Watch Now » The Future of Entrepreneurship in Higher Education: Dramatic Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities (March 1, 2022)
Watch Now » Music as an Entrepreneurial Venture (Feb. 9, 2021)

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