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Dr. Gururaj Desh Deshpande was cited for “Demonstrating exceptional business innovation and visionary entrepreneurial leadership in the telecommunications network industry” while being presented the 2013 IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award at the IEEE Honors Ceremony on June 29, 2013 in San Diego.
Keynote Speech by Desh Deshpande at the Global Challenges and Opportunities Conference celebrating Wheelock College’s 125th Anniversary, June 21, 2013
A series of groundbreaking, frank and candid conversations with remarkable, results-oriented philanthropists.
Compilation of video interviews with Desh
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Desh Deshpande’s keynote address at Give2Asia 10th Anniversary honoring Deshpande Foundation. October 9, 2012
“Jugaad”: Indian Ingenuity, Interview by Kara Miller, WGBH Innovation Hub, July 12, 2012
Here in Massachusetts, Raj Melville, the executive director at the Deshpande Foundation, is a local entrepreneur who’s independently implementing jugaad innovation practices at the Merrimack Valley Sandbox project. Merrimack Valley has been working on a new model of community-based entrepreneurship, working with Lawrence and Lowell high schools and colleges. “The key thing is to encourage innovative thinking among the younger generation,” says Melville. “What we do is encourage them to look around them in the community, to identify an issue or a challenge that they can go out and tackle.”
Combining Innovation and Social Relevance, Desh Deshpande Lecture at Cornell University, 19 September 2011
Desh Deshpande discusses his perspectives on Entrepreneurship, nonprofits and maximizing social impact with students at Cornell University
Desh Deshpande speaks on Entrepreneurship, innovation and social impact
Desh Deshpande speaks at the Philanthropy Roundtable event
Time in the Sandbox, Merrimack Valley Magazine, 25 April 2013
Merrimack Valley Sandbox Re-Energizes Entrepreneurship in Lowell and Lawrence
Innovation for the Real World By Matthew Bishop and Michael Green, Philanthropy Magazine, Spring 2012
Part of Philanthropy Magazines’ series on “Excellence in Philanthropy” profiling leaders in philanthropy from around the world. The article highlights the thinking behind the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation.
Solving the world’s problems … in a Sandbox, Queens University, Alumni Review, 2011 Issue #4
Desh Deshpande, PhD’79, set aside his boyhood dream of becoming a teacher when he pursued business opportunities. But now this IT pioneer, serial entrepreneur, and visionary philanthropist is intent on sharing his knowledge – and his good fortune – with others.
The Sandbox: Creating a Bottom-Up Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (HBS Case Collection, April 2011)
The Harvard Business School documents the Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Hubli Sandbox as a case study exemplifying new models in social enterprise.
Proof of Concept Centers: Accelerating the Commercialization of University Innovation (Kauffman Foundation Research Paper)
Innovation drives economic growth. Economic growth leads to longer, healthier lives by transforming yesterday’s luxuries into better, cheaper, and more efficient goods and services. University research is a key component of our nation’s innovative capacity. In an increasingly dynamic and global economy, the institutional infrastructure is inefficient at moving university innovations to the marketplace. In order to fill this funding gap and accelerate the commercialization of university innovations, a new type of organization has emerged—the proof of concept center. What follows is an examination of two such centers: the Deshpande Center at the MIT School of Engineering and the von Liebig Center at the University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering.
Think Globally, Act Locally by Jackie Jenkins-Scott, President Wheelock College Huffington Post, July 16, 2013
The Center’s founder, Desh Deshpande, enthralled and inspired me with these stories as he eloquently spoke about the potential for innovation and social entrepreneurship to meet commercial and social needs both locally and globally during Wheelock College’s inaugural international conference on Global Challenges and Opportunities Facing Children, Youth and Families this past June.
Building dreams at the Sandbox Andover Townsman, July 11, 2013
Local couple helps aspiring entrepreneurs launch, grow their ideas
The sandbox has always been a favorite play spot for kids and one Andover businessman believes that mimicking the simple, fun scene for grown-ups is the way to inspire new business ideas. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande and his wife, Jaishree, of Fairway Drive, founded The Merrimack Valley Sandbox, which works with community and education partners to boost entrepreneurship and leadership development in the Merrimack Valley.
Merrimack Valley Sandbox Summit motivates local entrepreneurs, Lowell Sun, June 12, 2013
140 entrepreneurs, experts and leaders from around the country and as far away as India, attended the first annual Merrimack Valley Sandbox Summit in Lowell. Attendees from Greater Lowell, Vermont, Rhode Island, Missouri, California, Canada, England and India listened to expert panels about growing the next generation of entrepreneurs, engaging key stakeholders, raising money and designing space/programs for entrepreneurs.
Sandbox helps entrepreneurs reinvent themselves, Boston Globe, April 4, 2013
When Keo Rattana was laid off from her job as an assistant engineer, two things happened. She became obsessed with ice cream and bent on reinvention. Saddled with dairy sensitivities, she set out to find a palatable substitute until she hit the right recipe for vegan vanilla. One small problem: “I had no clue how to turn it into a business,” said Rattana, 38. Then she found Merrimack Valley Sandbox, a startup accelerator program, and Keo Homemade Ice Cream was born. Headquartered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, the innovation incubator is applying money, expertise, and intensive training to spark business activity beyond Boston and Cambridge.
Deshpande named Person of the Year, India New England News, January 29, 2013
INDIA New England’s 2013 Person of the Year Guraraj “Desh” Deshpande is well known for his many tech successes as a founder and executive, but the reason the newspaper has highlighted him for the past year is his continual influence in innovation and entrepreneurism. However, unlike the serial entrepreneurs who repeatedly start and sell one cutting-edge company after another, Deshpande’s efforts now are focused on helping others succeed in the startup world.
Chai with Manju interview with Desh Deshpande, India New England News, January 15, 2013
Albert Einstein once said “Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.” In this edition of Chai with Manju we were very fortunate to interview such an extraordinary couple of true value. Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande and his wife Jaishree started their life with little but scaled the heights of success, with their core values embedded in faith and family; their work ethics based on hard work, discipline and eternal enthusiasm; their lifestyle centered on simplicity and their message all about “giving back in life.”
Local student entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas, Boston Globe, November 28, 2012
De La Cruz is prepping for the Catalyst Pitch Contest, the latest competition to be launched by the Merrimack Valley Sandbox, a local initiative to support entrepreneurial spirit and leadership. About 45 youth entrepreneurs will have 90 seconds at the University of Massachusetts Lowell to score bragging rights and cash prizes. Prizes range from $250 for the audience favorite to $1,000 for the idea deemed to be the best by a panel of judges.
Gururaj Deshpande: Fuelling a passion for innovation The Globe and Mail, November 4, 2012
Gururaj (Desh) Deshpande is the one who got away – the young engineer who left Canada, launched a batch of U.S. start-ups, built an influential foundation, and has served as an adviser to President Barack Obama. Now, at 61, he is putting money and ideas into the Pond-Deshpande Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at University of New Brunswick – where he had arrived as an Indian graduate student in the early 1970s. Teaming up with local tech investor Gerry Pond, Mr. Deshpande seeks innovation that meets both commercial and social needs.
Sandbox Summit, Lowell, Massachusetts. June 11, 2013
Over 200 people from Lowell, Lawrence, and cities all across the nation celebrate the entrepreneurial activity in the region and examine the conference’s theme of “Re-Imagining Cities Through Entrepreneurship.”
Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education, Lowell, Massachusetts. June 12- 13, 2013
A gathering of higher education practitioners, academics and faculty focuses on engaging participants in an examination and discussion of emerging strategies and practices that encourage innovative and entrepreneurial education, campus culture and community/business engagement.
Development Dialogue, Hubli, India. January 30 – February 1, 2013
Development Dialogue is a platform for social entrepreneurs to showcase their proven ideas and programs that have transformed local and international communities. The conference brings together diverse participants to share proven models, innovations, and transforming perspectives.
IdeaStream, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts. April 5, 2013
The IdeaStream symposium gathers together the leading minds in innovation and entrepreneurship for an invitation-only event each spring. Top-name venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs, and MIT researchers consider this a must-attend event.
East Coast Startup Week, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. March 20 – 24, 2013
East Coast Start-Up Week is New Brunswick’s biggest innovation festival dedicated to entrepreneurial spirit. Hundreds of visionaries, disruptors, entrepreneurs, mentors and investors descend on Fredericton, New Brunswick to take part in a series of events that form the first ever East Coast Startup Week