Kent State Wins Award at Deshpande Symposium

UMass - Lowell again hosted the Deshpande Symposium held from June 10-12 with 250 people in attendance for the three-day event in Lowell, Massachusetts. Northeast Ohio was well represented with about 20 participants from our region’s universities. Burton D. Morgan Foundation served as a gold sponsor of the conference, which allowed two Tulane University colleagues - Shafin Khan and Greg Stein - to attend the conference.  

Morgan Foundation partnered with Kent State University to develop a plenary session (Six Degrees of Deshpande) that mapped the global growth of the Symposium over the last eight years. Special Initiatives Officer Vikki Broer served on this plenary panel, sharing the story of the 2018 Deshpande On the Road. We were pleased to organize the keynote address featuring Amy Nelson, Executive Director of Venture for America, who shared the organization’s mission and strategy for building entrepreneurial communities.

The Foundation congratulates Kent State University's LaunchNET program, which was was recognized with the annual “Excellence in Student Engagement” award.

“As a campus-wide catalyst and ambassador for collaborative innovation and entrepreneurship, LaunchNET Kent State is extremely honored to receive this prestigious award,”  said Julie Messing, executive director of entrepreneurship initiatives at LaunchNET. “Our team continues to work on connecting resources and promoting the entrepreneurial mindset across the university and the community. We are incredibly proud of the creativity and hard work of the 1,800-plus students that we have served and are thrilled to be part of their journey.”