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Deshpande Symposium


We hope you will join us from June 12-14, 2024, at the University of Maryland, College Park, for the Deshpande Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education. Registration is now underway and will continue through June 14, 2024. This year's theme, "Navigating the Challenges and Opportunities of Regional Ecosystem Building," promises to ignite discussions, networking opportunities, and insights into the future of higher education innovation and entrepreneurship.

Agenda highlights include:

  • Keynotes from Eric Smith, Economic Development Administration’s Tech Hubs Program and Julie Wagner, The Global Institute on Innovation Districts
  • Plenary Panel entitled, “Should All Universities Have a Chief Innovation Officer?” featuring Dedric Carter, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kimberly Gramm, Tulane University, Errol Arkilic, University of California, Irvine, Dean Chang, University of Maryland, College Park, and Taylor Swaak, Chronicle of Higher Education
  • 3 specialty workshops titled, “Partnering with an Orchestral Festival to Cultivate a Culture of Creativity and Innovation”, “Fearless Ideas: Create Your Innovation & Entrepreneurship Manifesto”, and “The Entrepreneurial University: Transforming Academic Institutions Into Hubs of Innovation” 
  • 28 breakout sessions featuring thought leaders from across the nation and abroad
  • 3 networking events, including our Celebratory Awards Dinner

Prepare for an immersive experience with thought leaders, policy makers, and practitioners across the innovation and entrepreneurship higher education ecosystem. From keynote speeches to interactive workshops, the Deshpande Symposium is your canvas for inspiration, learning, and forging impactful connections. Register now to secure your place!  Register Now 

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