May 28, 2013
Innovations with Real-World Impact: How Desh Deshpande Helps Researchers Become Change-Makers
"Problems need new approaches, and...so you need innovators; and innovators, for them to think about new things you have to create a nurturing environment," he says. "You have to have a place where people can congregate and discuss and come up with new ideas." The MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation gives MIT researchers a haven in which to develop innovative technologies in areas such as tissue engineering, semi-conductors, wireless, and so on.
See a complete archive of Desh Deshpande's videos.
"In the last 10 years, we have funded about 90 projects, we have given out about $10 million dollars, and 26 of these have become companies and have collectively raised about $400 million," says Deshpande. "It's a process that works." It's also a process that Deshpande is working to foster in governments and institutions around the world. Number of projects and other measures of impact are from the time of the interview; see Deshpande Center site for most recent.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license are available in our Terms and Conditions.