Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur Deshpande talks universities, innovation

Entrepreneur Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande shares how he thinks universities fit into the entrepreneurial economy of today.

Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, co-founder of the Deshpande Foundation, president and chairman of Sparta Group, LLC, chairman of Tejas Networks and serial entrepreneur, visited Carolina in early September to speak with students in the College of Arts and Science’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship class. While he was on campus, Deshpande shared his thoughts on how universities fit into the entrepreneurial economy of today.

He also discussed the recent honor his foundation recently gave Carolina.

In June, the University and Judith Cone, the special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship and vice chancellor of commercialization and economic development, earned Entrepreneurship honors during the Deshpande Foundation’s Deshpande Symposium Awards. The Introduction to Entrepreneurship course is part of the Minor in Entrepreneurship, which is offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and designed to teach entrepreneurial skills to non-business majors.