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

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Join us 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.

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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

2023 Keynote Speakers


Philip Gaskin

Philip Gaskin is vice president of Entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he is responsible for leading the Kauffman Foundation’s efforts to build an economy that works for all people by making entrepreneurship an integral component of economic development policies, practices, and programs ... Read More »                


Natalie Madeira Cofield

Natalie Madeira Cofield is a presidentially appointed expert on small business and has been named one of the most powerful women in business by Entrepreneur Magazine. An award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, political appointee, and economic activist ... Read More »

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsors!

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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.

Check Out The Flip Book »

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