9th Annual Symposium
June 10-12, 2020 in Cleveland, OH

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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

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. Dan authored Worthless Impossible and Stupid: How Contrarian Entrepreneurs Create and Capture Extraordinary Value (Harvard Business Review Press 2013), and over 30 digital and print articles on entrepreneurship in the Harvard Business Review ... 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

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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:
    Ashland University UNC Omnova Solutions Purdue University
    Silver Level Sponsors:
    JumpStart Case Western Reserve
    Bronze Level Sponsors:
    baldwin wallace university Edge Organization John Carroll University Kent State Lorain Community College Cleveland State University
    Hilton Cleveland Downtown

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