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3rd Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation
and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

June 10-12, 2014 in Lowell, Massachusetts

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Join Us at this Year's Leading Event for Higher Education Innovators and Entrepreneurs

June 10-12, 2014 in Lowell, Massachusetts

The Deshpande Foundation and the University of Massachusetts Lowell are pleased to announce the Third Annual Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. This inspired gathering of higher education practitioners, academics and faculty focuses on engaging participants in an examination and discussion of emerging strategies and practices that encourage innovative and entrepreneurial education, campus culture and community/business engagement.

National speakers and your colleagues will discuss:

  • Entrepreneurial Universities: Culture & Ecosystems
  • Innovative Entrepreneurship Curriculum
  • Research Commercialization and Startups
  • Emerging Trends & Topics


  • Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan and co-Chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, will deliver the opening keynote on Wednesday morning.
  • Practicing entrepreneur and Associate Dean for Innovation at MIT, Professor Vladimir Bulović, will deliver the dinner keynote on Wednesday evening.


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Steering Committee Members:

  • Arizona State University
  • Babson College
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Deshpande Foundation
  • National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Akron
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of New Brunswick
  • Middlesex Community College

An Invitation From DESH

Desh Deshpande invites higher education stakeholders to this open exchange of ideas and best practices.

Symposium Updates

Founding Sponsors:
The Deshpande Foundation
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Gold Sponsors:

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Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development

MA Technology Collaborative

Silver Sponsors:

University of North Carolina

Burton D. Morgan Foundation

Bronze Sponsors:

UMass Presidents Office

Middlesex Community College

Already Attending the Symposium? Consider joining us two days earlier for the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Summit, June 9-10, also being held at UMass Lowell’s Inn & Conference Center!

Collage of photos from the 2013 Deshpande Symposium