Entrepreneurship Occasion Celebrates 10th Anniversary


LOWELL, Mass. – More than 1,000 educators, entrepreneurs and other experts will attend the 10th annual Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education from Thursday June 10th to Friday June 11th.

“Our 10th Annual Symposium couldn’t come at a more important time for entrepreneurship as startups and other new businesses will play a critical role in helping the global economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. We play an important role in promoting their success through education and other support, ”said UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, who opened the symposium with Gururaj“ Desh ”Deshpande, entrepreneur and co-founder of the Deshpande Foundation.

The program will include two keynote speakers, Sethuraman Panchanathan, Ph.D., director of the National Science Foundation, a US $ 8.3 billion federal agency designed to advance all areas of scientific discovery, technological innovation and STEM education, and Gilda A. Barabino, Ph .D., President of the Olin College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, specializing in sickle cell disease, cell and tissue engineering, and the role of race / ethnicity and gender in science and technology. Barabino’s address is Thursday June 10th from 11:15 am to 12:00 pm. will speak on Friday June 11th from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

“The main job of the National Science Foundation is to push the boundaries of research, education, and discovery. But it is the power of our partnerships and collaborations, including those with our country’s colleges and universities, that drives the translation of discovery into social impact through innovation and entrepreneurship. As the leading voice for innovative thinking in higher education, the Deshpande Symposium’s mission fits well with the future of NSF and the future of science across the country, ”said Panchanathan.

“Educators, policy makers and industry need to unite to address the critical issues of our time, and forums like the Deshpande Symposium are essential to create space for this type of dialogue. Tackling systemic racism and inequalities in higher education, engineering and more broadly requires efforts to think and act in new ways as we work towards the common goal of institutional change, ”Barabino said.

“We welcome the community of high-level innovators and thought leaders from hundreds of institutions around the world to this year’s 10th annual Deshpande Symposium. With the many challenges faced by college graduates and the world at large, it is more important than ever that we come together to share best practices, discuss new ideas, and develop strategic collaborations to drive innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives in our locations and beyond to advance. This year’s Deshpande Virtual Symposium offers a compelling opportunity to do just that through an extensive program of thought-provoking panels, keynotes and plenary sessions, ”said organizer Tom O’Donnell, senior director of innovation initiatives at UMass Lowell.

“In April 2012, a small, energetic group gathered at UMass Lowell to start the Deshpande Symposium, which is now its 10th session. Despite the pandemic problems of last year, we are confident that the firm entrepreneurial foundations laid over the last decade and shared at the symposium have helped build resilient partner institutions that train innovative and entrepreneurial leaders to meet future challenges. We look forward to welcoming a global audience to the next Deshpande Virtual Symposium, ”said Raj Melville, Executive Director of the Deshpande Foundation.

“Colleagues at the Deshpande Symposium are celebrating 10 years of university entrepreneurship and innovation and are excited to have an important summit practically this June on how this burgeoning field can build even more steam as we emerge from the pandemic. In June 2022, the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, based in Cleveland, Ohio, will be happy to welcome entrepreneurship champions from higher education to discover and celebrate the great promise of students building entrepreneurial skills and muscle everywhere, ”said Deb Hoover , President and CEO of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation.

The symposium is divided into four tracks according to focus. For 2021, these are entrepreneurial universities: culture and ecosystems, curriculum entrepreneurship, commercialization and university research startups, and emerging trends, with each title featuring a variety of presentation and discussion panels. Participants can choose to virtually attend all or some of the sessions, depending on their interests.

Highlights of the symposium include the 10th Anniversary Reflections plenary with Deshpande, Moloney, and Judith Cone, former University of North Carolina Vice Chancellors for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development, on Thursday, June 10, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Das The Future and Cleveland Tee-Up panel on Friday June 11th from 5.15pm to 5.45pm will be presented by Hoover with Jim McLellan, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Academic Director of the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Center. Queen’s University; Barry Rosenbaum, Senior Fellow of the University of Akron Research Foundation; Chris Scotti, New Projects Director, Texas A&M University Innovation Partner; and Judy Hogan, Dean of Business, Education and Public Services at Middlesex Community College.

“For 10 years, Middlesex Community College has relied on the knowledge and innovative thinking we gained at the Deshpande Symposium to inform our entrepreneurship programming, curriculum and community support initiatives. Equally important were the partnerships we formed, such as working with the UMass Lowell DifferenceMaker program and the rich experience of our students that would never have been possible without this event, ”said Hogan.

After a one-year break, the symposium will again award its annual awards for excellence in various aspects of entrepreneurship training. The winners will be announced during the symposium.

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