June 13-15, 2016
At the UMass-Lowell Inn and Conference Center
50 Warren St. Lowell Massachusetts 01852
The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners with a focus on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the university and college environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each other’s experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and startups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their communities.
For details and agenda: http://www.deshpandesymposium.org/
Co-founded by the Deshpande Foundation and the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2012, the Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education brings together academics, policy planners and practitioners to discuss best practices in integrating entrepreneurship throughout their college and university communities. This annual conference, held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, draws together national speakers and those at the forefront of innovative strategies in higher education.
What began as a small gathering now boasts a powerhouse lineup drawing from all facets of where the worlds of academia and business intersect. Past speakers have included entrepreneurship visionaries such as University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, who has co-chaired the national Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Professor Vladimir Bulovic, an entrepreneur and associate dean for innovation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT professor Donald Sadoway, who was named one of Time magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World”, Dr. Subra Suresh, President of Carnegie Mellon University and Jeff Hoffman, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Priceline.
Leaders from universities, business incubators, foundations and other organizations including the UNC Chapel Hill, MIT, UMass, Carnegie Mellon University, California Institute of Technology, Arizona State University and the National Science Foundation have convened at the Symposium to explore ways to foster a culture of innovation, embed entrepreneurship in the curriculum, accelerate technology commercialization and establish partnerships with businesses and the community.
We hope you will join us at this year’s Symposium!