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Conference agenda now available

The 11th Annual Deshpande Symposium will be held live and in Cleveland June 15 - 17, 2022.  The Foundation is excited to collaborate with Deshpande Foundation, University of Massachusetts Lowell and the higher education network in Northeast Ohio to host the first live Symposium since the pandemic forced the conference into a virtual format.  Highlights will include an awards ceremony and celebration at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 

Co-founded by the Deshpande Foundation and the UMass 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 draws together national speakers and those at the forefront of innovative strategies in higher education.  The Symposium offers over twenty-eight panel discussions and draws hundreds of faculty, administrators, students and business people to discuss an array of topics, including entrepreneurial culture and ecosystems, innovative entrepreneurship curricula, research commercialization, startups and emerging trends.

Keynote speakers have been secured and the conference agenda has been finalized.  Check out the exciting lineup HERE