13th Annual Symposium
Save-the-date: June 12-14, 2024 | College Park, MD

Agenda 2018


The 2018 Symposium Agenda

Note: Times and topics are subject to change. Please check back periodically for the latest updates.

Monday, June 11, 2018
8:00-4:00pm Symposium Check-In in the Lobby of the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center (ICC)
1:00-4:30pm Innovation Ecosystem Tours: UML’s ETIC, RURI, Makerspace, Innovation Hub, E for All, UTEC and Lowell Makes
1:00-4:00pm Workshop A:
Spurring Innovation with Project-Based Learning
Junior Ballroom
Additional $75 Fee.
Workshop B:
Exploring Entrepreneurial Engagement with FirstGen Students
Lower Locks 1
Additional $75 Fee.
Workshop C:
Preparing Student Entrepreneurs for High-Impact and Breakout Careers: Joining UNC’s Entrepreneurs Genome Project
Lower Locks 2
Additional $75 Fee.
Workshop D:
Transforming Education: Teaching Creative Problem Solving to Ignite Entrepreneurial Thinking in College Students
Hamilton Room
Additional $75 Fee.
5:30-7:30pm Welcome Reception – Networking and Cocktails at Lowell’s Mill No. 5
– Transportation will be available from the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center
– Information will be available at the symposium check-in

Built in 1873, Mill No. 5 is a historical textile mill now the home to small companies and startups. The old mill features a movie theater, Victorian lounge, boutiques and more in a space focusing on bringing innovation together into a campus-like community.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
7:30-8:30am Symposium Check-In & Continental Breakfast, Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:30-8:40am Welcome, Grand Ballroom
8:40-9:30am Morning Keynote, Julie Lenzer (UMD), Grand Ballroom

It Takes a Village: Keys to Accelerating innovation

The time when a university could maintain its position as an ivory tower, sprouting great ideas with no follow-up to move those ideas into action, has passed. While the tower shouldn’t be obliterated, it needs to be more open and accessible to increase its impact. In this presentation, Julie Lenzer will draw on her experiences through every aspect of the ecosystem—from local to state to federal and now, to academia—to outline the 3 Ps to accelerating innovation to impact, the role of universities in doing that, and the key elements required to build resilient and responsive ecosystems.

9:30-9:45am Break

Culture & Ecosystems

Variations in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems


Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum

Innovative Experiences Supporting Entrepreneurship Education


Research Commercialization
Beyond Competitions, Incubators, and Accelerators: a New “Zero Barriers” Playbook for Venture Development Initiatives on Campus


Emerging Trends

Cultivating Social Innovation Ecosystems on Campus and in the Community

11:00-11:15am Break

Culture & Ecosystems

The State-Wide Impact of University Entrepreneurial Efforts: The Case of Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania


Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum
Engineering Entrepreneurship Education: Two Schools of Thought


Research Commercialization

Creating Collisions of Value: Optimizing Strategic Partnerships


Emerging Trends

Challenges and Opportunities with Online Entrepreneurship

12:30-1:45pm Networking Lunch, 50 Warren Restaurant, Dining Hall, Lower Locks

Culture & Ecosystems

From the Ground Up: The Importance of Student-Run Organizations in University Entrepreneurial Ecosystems


Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum

The Journey to University Entrepreneurship: Behind the Scenes of the Ryerson and Boston U Experiences


Research Commercialization

Bridging the Gap: The State of University Internal “Gap” Funds


Emerging Trends

The Alternatives to Internal Accelerator Programs

3:00-3:15pm Break

Culture & Ecosystems

Our Higher Calling: Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and Its Colleges and Universities


Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum

How Universities Inspire Future Entrepreneurs and Prepare Students Interested in Start-Ups


Research Commercialization

The Role of University-Based Proof-of-Concept Centers in Building Robust Innovation Ecosystems


Emerging Trends

Using Study-Abroad Programs to Inspire Entrepreneurship and Global Citizenship

4:30-5:00pm Break
5:00-6:30pm Poster Session & Networking Reception: Join Symposium Award Nominees and Invited Presenters for a Poster Session and Networking Reception in the Junior Ballroom
6:30-8:00pm 2018 Deshpande Symposium Awards Dinner and Celebration, Grand Ballroom


Wednesday, June 13, 2018
7:30-8:30am Symposium Check-In and Continental Breakfast, Grand Ballroom Foyer
8:30-9:30am Keynote, Jonathan Ortmans (UMD), Grand Ballroom

Innovation and entrepreneurship are driving forces for economic and social development around the globe. As President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), Jonathan Ortmans has a front row seat! He and his team operate a platform of programs and projects in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. In his keynote, Jonathan will share insights and best practices on building one global entrepreneurial ecosystem and fostering deeper international, cross-border collaborations between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations.

9:30-9:45am Break

Culture & Ecosystems

Industry Perspectives on Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Best-Practice Suggestions for the Higher Education Community


Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum

The Alternative Entrepreneur: Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mindset in Non-Traditional Students and in Non-Tech Ventures


Research Commercialization

University Research Commercialization and Start-Ups: Metrics That Matter


Emerging Trends

Growing Regional Entrepreneurship in the Shadowlands

11:00-11:15am Break

Culture & Ecosystems

Bridging the Gaps:  Connecting the Academic and Practitioner Worlds of Entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum

Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts


Research Commercialization

Guiding Momentum Toward Commercialization


Emerging Trends

University Alumni Angel Groups and Their Impact on the University Start-Up Ecosystem

12:00-1:30pm Boxed Lunch, Grand Ballroom Foyer

Culture & Ecosystems

Engaging the University Ecosystem: Think Like an Entrepreneur to Be Successful


Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum

It Is Not the Size of the Dog in the Fight, It’s the Size of the Fight in the Dog:  The Role of Smaller Institutions in Building the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Students, Alumni, Community and Region


Research Commercialization

A Comparison of European and American University Approaches to Commercialization Strategies


Emerging Trends

How Can the Entrepreneurial Ecosystems at Most Universities Catch Up?: Jazz, Open Innovation Networks and Shared Oneness

2:15-2:30pm Closing Remarks, Grand Ballroom