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How to Make the Most of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Spaces.

August 31, 2022

The Zoom session is Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from Noon to 1pm (Central time).

In this session, you will hear lessons learned from four campuses about how they have set up their innovation, entrepreneurship and startup spaces, and how to make the most of the space you have. Speakers come from two public institutions (Arizona State University and UT Dallas) and two private institutions (Northwestern University and Spellman College, a private HBCU for women).

Register In Advance Now (no charge to attend):


Jeff Reid, Founding Director of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative and Professor of the Practice of Entrepreneurship, Georgetown University

Dresden Goldberg, Senior Director, Programs and Operations, Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the University of Texas at Dallas

Eric Thompson, Assistant Director, Spelman Innovation Lab, Co-Director - Blackstone Launchpad, Spelman College

Shannon Lunsford, Director of Operations, Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute, Arizona State University

Michael Raab, Interim Director, The Garage, Northwestern University

The Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute @ Arizona State University hosts a network of creative spaces including 1951 @Skysong, ASU Chandler Innovation Center, the Innovation Hub, Fusion on First, Phoenix Forge Makerspace, New Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship Lab, The Studios @Mesa City Center, 850 PBC, and MKR Services.

The Garage @ Northwestern University: an energetic space and entrepreneurial community where Northwestern students build the knowledge, grit, and network for bringing new ideas to life. The 11,000 square foot space has been home to more than 1,000 student-founded startups and projects.

The Innovation Lab @ Spellman College: a campus-wide resource serving students of Spelman College in three co-curricular verticals: The Makerspace and Digital Fab Lab supports the ideation, design and prototyping of ideas, art work and other products. The Entrepreneurship Launchpad serves as the starting point for student interested in entrepreneurship. The Gaming Lab focuses on storytelling through the design and development of video games in a manner that is accessible to students of all majors.

Venture Development Center (VDC) @ UT Dallas: a 20,000-square-foot incubator that hosts student, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurs. UT Dallas also offers the UTDesign Studio, a student makerspace with 3D printers, laser cutters, and a range of conventional to high-tech machine-shop tools, the Blackstone LaunchPad, a co-working and event space, and UTD @ the Richardson IQ, a facility to foster corporate innovators and university collaborations, support the region’s entrepreneurs, and advance UTD research.