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call for papers


Submit papers: January 21 - March 10

Review papers: March 11 - March 18

Announce program: March 26

Program Date: June 10-12

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How to Submit a Proposal

The conference sessions are structured around panel presentations on common themes. We encourage the  submission of full-panel proposals, but will consider individual presentations that align with panel topics. All submissions should clearly identify which of the three conference tracks they align with:

  1. Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum
  2. University Commercialization and Startups
  3. Developing Entrepreneurial Universities, Culture & Ecosystems

For individual proposals, we will do our best to match you to the most appropriate panel based on your area of interest and panel availability.

Each panel session will be allocated 75 minutes.  Target presentation length is 10 – 15 minutes maximum.  Assuming additional time for questions and audience interaction, we recommend a maximum of 4  presentations per session.  Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.

Please use the form on this page.

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Join us for the Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

UMass-Lowell Inn and Conference Center
50 Warren St. Lowell Massachusetts 01852

prior highlights

Leaders Share Ideas on How to Spark Innovation

By Jill Gambon

Universities are fertile territory for creativity and innovation, offering an environment where world-changing ideas are born.

But bringing those big ideas to life requires connecting the people who dream them with those who have the skills to help turn them into reality, which is often a challenge, according to Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, chairman of Sparta Group LLC and co-founder of the Deshpande Foundation and the Merrimack Valley Sandbox at UMass Lowell.
“We need new ways of thinking,” Deshpande said in opening remarks at the second annual Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center. “There is a huge amount of room to be entrepreneurial in universities.”

please join us: June 10-12

Third AnnualaDeshpande Symposium for
Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners with a focus on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the university and college environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each other’s experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and startups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their communities.

The two day event will include presentations, panel discussions and keynote talks examining critical areas of innovation and entrepreneurship, including:

  1. Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum
  2. University Commercialization & Startups
  3. Entrepreneurial Universities, Culture & Ecosystems

your proposal

Please share your ideas for a panel or individual session using the form below.  We are delighted with your interest in this exciting symposium. The Deshpande Foundation | The University of Massachusetts Lowell

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bringing ideas to life

 “There is a huge amount of room to be entrepreneurial in universities.”

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande


Entrepreneurship in the Curriculum

University Commercialization & Startups

Entrepreneurial Universities, Culture & Ecosystems


The Deshpande Foundation


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