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

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Registration is Now Open for the 2020 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:
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    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
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