11th Annual Symposium
June 15-17, 2022 | Cleveland, OH

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National speakers and esteemed colleagues share best practices and emerging opportunities

The Deshpande Symposium is an annual gathering of like-minded professionals focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship within higher education institutions and through partnerships with private, public and non-profit organizations. We are excited to be gathering in person again this year in Cleveland, where we will share and learn best practices for developing entrepreneurial ecosystems, and the importance that diversity, equity and inclusion plays in their success.

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

2021 Keynote Speakers


Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan

The Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan is a computer scientist and engineer and the 15th director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Panchanathan was nominated to this position by the President of the United States in 2019 and subsequently unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 18, 2020 ... Read More »                  Watch a Recording of this Keynote »


Gilda A. Barabino, Ph.D.

Gilda A. Barabino is President of Olin College of Engineering. She previously served as the Daniel and Frances Berg Professor and Dean at The City College of New York’s (CCNY) Grove School of Engineering. Prior to joining CCNY, she was the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory ... Read More » Watch a Recording this Keynote »

Contact Us

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Steering Committee Members:

  • Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • Deshpande Foundation
  • Houston Community College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Queen's University
  • Ryerson University
  • Texas A&M
  • University of Akron
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of North Carolina
  • VentureWell

Lead a Panel Discussion at the 2022 Symposium!

Share Your Experiences & Learn From Others Panel Topic Submission Form
Deadline: February 15, 2022

Nominate a Colleague or Institution for the 2022 Deshpande Awards for Excellence in Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Nominate a Colleague or Institution!
Deadline: April 15, 2022

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 »

Previous Webinars

Watch Now » Music as an Entrepreneurial Venture (Feb. 9, 2021)
Watch Now » Managing in Times of Crisis (Nov. 17, 2020)

2022 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors:
logos Burton Morgan
Gold Level Sponsors:
Venture Well UNC Omnova Solutions Purdue University Ashland University
Silver Level Sponsors:
JumpStart Case Western Reserve queens Texas A and M University of St Thomas Logo
Bronze Level Sponsors:
baldwin wallace university Edge Organization John Carroll University Kent State Lorain Community College Cleveland State University
Corporate Sponsors: