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Photo of Dianne Welsh
Photo of Dianne Welsh

Dr. Dianne Welsh (Bryan School, Entrepreneurship Cross-Disciplinary Program) has been awarded the Outstanding Contributions to Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education Award, which goes to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary achievements in entrepreneurship in higher education.

Welsh was presented the award at the 10th annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education, where hundreds of higher education, business, government, and nonprofit leaders gathered virtually to advance support for inventors and startups.

The symposium is presented by its founders UMass Lowell, which runs three business incubators and a student entrepreneurship program, and the Deshpande Foundation, which supports sustainable, scalable social and economic impact through innovation and entrepreneurship, along with the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, which champions the work of entrepreneurs of all ages. The event’s aim is to empower campus leaders in their efforts to raise the next generation of entrepreneurs.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award. The Deshpande Foundation is an extraordinary organization supporting entrepreneurship education around the world. The foundation unequivocally understands the importance of entrepreneurship in the development of the world economy one entrepreneur at a time through education and support. As we strive towards greater inclusivity locally and worldwide, the Deshpande Foundation will continue to be a leader,” Welsh said. 

 
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