9th Annual Symposium
June 8-10, 2020 in Lowell, Massachusetts

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June 8-10, 2020

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National speakers and esteemed colleagues share best practices and emerging opportunities

The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the college and university environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each others' experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and start-ups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their academic communities.

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

2019 Keynote Speakers

Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson was appointed CEO of Venture For America in 2017 after building the organization alongside Andrew Yang, VFA’s Founder, for four years. Amy led efforts that have more than tripled the organization’s fundraising, and drove VFA’s investment in building out its regional efforts ... Read More »

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Steering Committee Members:

  • Arizona State University
  • Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • Deshpande Foundation
  • Houston Community College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Queen's University
  • Rice University
  • University of Akron
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of North Carolina
  • VentureWell
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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.

    2019 Sponsors

    Founding Sponsors:
    Gold Level Sponsors:
    asu UNC Burton Morgan Venture Well
    Bronze Level Sponsors:
    WPI Middlesex Community College queens spring-start Amazon Web Services
    UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center

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    UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center 42.643224, -71.307099 UMass Lowell Inn & Conference CenterThe Symposium will be held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center (ICC) in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts, just 25 miles northwest of Boston and easily accessible from both Logan and Manchester Airports.