First Deshpande-Gopalakrishnan Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IIT Madras
Over one hundred like-minded practitioners, administrators, and academicians gathered at IIT Madras for the inaugural launch of the Deshpande-Gopalakrishnan Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship which was held on 28-30th January 2018. The Symposium featured keynote talks and interactive and informal panel discussions on key topics that included:
- Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem – Challenges and solutions
- Entrepreneurial Curriculum models
- Public Private Partnerships to drive innovation and entrepreneurship
- Funding Innovation across the spectrum – what do funders expect?
- How to cultivate Innovation & Entrepreneurship thinking and creativity in research scholars and faculty?
The Symposium was sponsored by the Gopalakrishnan-Deshpande Centre of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GDC) whose objective is to foster innovation in academic campuses and bring about a transformation by which scientific and technological ideas can move from labs to the marketplace.
During his inaugural speech at the Symposium, Dr “Desh” Deshpande, Chairman, Sparta Group of companies, co-sponsor of GDC and an IIT Madras Alumnus said, “As a country, India spends over 1 trillion per year on research and development. It is critical for the innovation ecosystem to be able to translate a good part of this R&D spend into scalable products and services that positively impact society. One of the principal objectives of GDC would be to develop and implement initiatives working with leading technology institutions nationwide that transforms and scales research from the academic labs into successful businesses that positively impact society.”
Speaking at the Symposium, Mr. “Kris” Gopalakrishnan, former CEO of Infosys and co-sponsor of the GDC said “GDC will support special projects that can potentially create a transformative and positive impact on society. Such projects can be at the ideation stage or they could be running ventures that need some business reconfiguration to grow to full potential.”
More details of the Symposium can be seen at
2018 Symposium Highlights
Videos from the 2018 Deshpande Symposium held in Lowell
The Deshpande Symposium, held annually brings together national and international speakers and those at the forefront of innovative strategies in higher education. The Symposium provides a platform for participants to learn from each other’s experiences, to gain wider exposure for their ideas, and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their communities. What began as a small gathering in the US seven years ago, now attracts faculty from over 100 institutions and entrepreneurs bringing the worlds of academia and business on a common platform.
Here are the links to the Keynote videos from the 2018 Deshpande Symposium held in Lowell-
Julie Lenzer: It Takes a Vilage: Keys to Accelerating Innovation