OPEN Annual Conference

This can’t-miss event is the premier innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) experience for higher education faculty, staff, administrators, researchers, and leaders in the STEM fields. Our theme this year was Innovating Futures Together. What might the future look like for the next generation of I&E advocates and thought leaders? Is only one future possible? How will the disruptive technologies of today shape the jobs of the future? Who should be around the table working to solve the world’s most difficult problems?

Thank you for exploring the answers to these questions with us at OPEN 2024!

Our welcoming and inclusive community shared the latest trends in I&E research and best practices, while leaving ample time for attendees to network with inclusive innovation and sustainability changemakers from across the nation. We hope you maximized this opportunity to invest in yourself and your institution’s entrepreneurial ecosystem!

Event photos and videos will be shared with attendees in the upcoming weeks. You can access presenter slides that were shared publicly on the Whova conference app for three months post-event. Please contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.

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I find OPEN to be a close-knit community of practice with great opportunities to forge connections for future collaborations, more so than other innovation & entrepreneurship conferences I attend.

— OPEN 2023 attendee

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!

Sponsor logos: The Lemelson Foundation (Presenting), eli the entrepreneurial learning initiative (Partner), burton d. morgan foundation (Collaborator), EcoMap (Advocate), Purdue University Northwest (Advocate), University of Maryland (Promoter), USC Marshall School of Business (Promoter), Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) (Promoter)

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