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call for papers





Submit proposals through February 15, 2017

Review proposals:  Feb. 16 to Feb. 29, 2017

Announce program:  March 15, 2017

Program dates:  June 12 – 14, 2017

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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

Strong preference will be given to full panel proposals that include an identified panel moderator (usually the proposal submitter) and speakers / presentations from multiple institutions discussing their perspective / experience on the chosen panel topic.  For individual presentation proposals, we will do our best to match you to the most appropriate panel based on your area of interest and panel availability.

In addition, we recommend that panel proposals focus on lessons learned and best practices associated with specific programs and initiatives on campus.  Discussion on how problems and challenges associated with innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives were addressed is encouraged.   If possible, please incorporate aspects of diversity / inclusion, student engagement and broader community engagement in the targeted programs.

In an effort to support active “customer" engagement in the Symposium and integrate new insights into the broader program, we encourage panel proposals that incorporate (where possible) the student and entrepreneur perspective.  This includes (but does require)  student and entrepreneur participation as panelists.

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- 5 presentations per session.  Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis.

Please use the form on this page.

Thank you--



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


please join us: June 12-14

Sixth 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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