11th Annual Symposium
June 15-17, 2022 | 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

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
  • Ryerson University
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Akron
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of North Carolina
  • VentureWell

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 » Music as an Entrepreneurial Venture (Feb. 9, 2021)
Watch Now » Managing in Times of Crisis (Nov. 17, 2020)

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 University of St Thomas Logo
Bronze Level Sponsors:
baldwin wallace university Edge Organization John Carroll University Kent State Lorain Community College Cleveland State University
Corporate Sponsors: