Deshpande Symposium is Coming to Cleveland in 2020

The 9th Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education will be held in Cleveland, June 10-12, 2020.  Burton D. Morgan Foundation is excited to help plan and host this conference in our backyard. 

The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the college and university environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each others' experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and start-ups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their academic communities.

Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Deshpande Foundation, UMass-Lowell, and an NEO host committee is teaming up to plan this special edition of Deshpande Symposium in the Midwest!  Participants will have plenty of opportunities to explore Cleveland, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is the venue for the annual awards ceremony.  Attendees will have access to the exhibits throughout the evening.  We look forward to seeing all of you in Cleveland for what is sure to be a memorable conference.

National speakers and esteemed colleagues will gather at the conference to discuss best practices and emerging opportunities in these areas:

  • Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum
  • University Research Commercialization and Startups
  • Developing Entrepreneurial Universities, Culture & Ecosystems

We wish to thank our wonderful host committee, which includes representatives from the following institutions:

Ashland University
Baldwin Wallace University
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland State University
John Carroll University
Kent State University
Lorain County Community College
The University of Akron

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