12th Annual Symposium
June 5-7, 2023 | Phoenix, AZ

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Call for Proposals is Now Open

Planning is well underway for the 12th Annual Deshpande Symposium set to take place June 5-7, 2023 in Scottsdale, AZ at Skysong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center! The theme this year is Cultivating University Innovation Ecosystems. Through inspiring keynote speakers, practical breakout session panels, and welcoming networking activities, we will showcase the institution's role in advancing the translation of research results from lab to market, accelerating technology commercialization, and bolstering the regional innovation ecosystem development both inside and outside the walls of an institution

Your stories, best practices, and research matter – and they need to be shared. Help make our collective community stronger by submitting a session proposal today!

Submit My Proposal
Deadline: Monday, February 13, 2023

Important Details

  • We accept proposals via the web portal only. You will need to have or create a VentureWell account in order to submit. Create an account or sign in here.
  • These 75-minute sessions are structured around panel presentations that explore common themes. All submissions should clearly identify which of the three conference tracks they align with:
  1. Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum
  2. University Research Commercialization and Startups
  3. Developing Entrepreneurial Universities, Culture & Ecosystems
  • Strong preference will be given to full panel proposals that include an identified moderator and speakers from multiple institutions discussing their experience on the chosen topic. For individual presentation proposals, we will do our best to match you to the most appropriate panel based on your area of interest and panel availability.

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

Contact Us

For questions or concerns, please contact tloomis@venturewell.org. Follow the hashtag #DeshpandeSymposium to stay abreast of the latest and greatest conference updates!

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.

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Previous Webinars

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