9th Annual Symposium
June 11-12, 2020 | 11:00am – 5:30pm (EST)

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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

2020 Keynote Speakers

Dan Isenberg

Daniel Isenberg

Daniel Isenberg (@danisen) is founding executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Platform and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School. From 1981-7 and 2005-9 Dan was a professor at the Harvard Business School, and in the interim (1987-2005) was an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Israel. Read More »

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Lauren Washington

Lauren is the cofounder and COO of Black Women Talk Tech, the largest membership organization and only conference for black women founders. She is also the cofounder of Fundr, a platform that automates seed investing by creating portfolios of vetted startups for angel investors. Read More »

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

Access the Virtual Symposium

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2019 Symposium Highlights


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  • Thank you to all our keynote speakers, panelists, sponsors and participants for making the 2019 Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education a terrific success! We would also like to congratulate the winners of the 2019 Deshpande Symposium Awards for Excellence in Higher Education Entrepreneurship.

    2020 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