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

Awards

Deshpande Symposium Awards for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2019 Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards! We received a record number of nominations from around the world, and narrowing it down to the top nominees presented a tough challenge for our panel of judges. Finalists were invited to present posters highlighting their accomplishments at the 2019 Symposium. For the first time in 2019, we added a new category, the Rising Star Award, to recognize programs or institutions that show potential and innovation in their approaches.

Awards Selection Committee

  • Phil Weilerstein, President and CEO, VentureWell
  • President Stephen Spinelli, Babson College
  • President Joseph Aoun, Northeastern University
  • Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Desh Deshpande, Deshpande Foundation
  • Raj Melville, Deshpande Foundation

Winners receive Excellence Award badges for their institution's brochures and website.

Nominate Your Institution
Deadline: April 1, 2020

The 2019 Deshpande Symposium Award Winners:

The 2018 Deshpande Symposium Award Winners:

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    Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship Award Outstanding Contributions to Advancing I&E in Higher Ed Award Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship Award Entrepreneurial University Award Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization Award
  • The 2017 Deshpande Symposium Award Winners:

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    Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship The Entrepreneurial University Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization
  • The 2016 Deshpande Symposium Award Winners:

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    Excellence in Curriculum Innovation in Entrepreneurship Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship Exemplary Practice in Technology Commercialization The Entrepreneurial University Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (#1) Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (#2)