Sponsorship gets your organization involved

For over fifty years we have worked to increase business success through design. Our mission has never been more timely or more in demand. Organizations are under increasing pressure to innovate. With new methods and ideas emerging from IIT Institute of Design each year, more organizations are asking how they can get involved. The future of innovation requires the collaboration of many disciplines. We invite you to get your organization involved through research or class topic sponsorship.

Research Sponsorship

This type of deep relationship is effective for companies seeking to augment their own resources with a dedicated team of students and faculty. Research sponsorship works well for organizations in need of specific information but lacking the expertise or resources to get it. Sponsored research is our most extensive program, spanning over several semesters or even years. Sponsors are given access to work in progress, custom research data, and new product development. Most significantly, this program yields proprietary results for the organization.

Current research includes topics of global interest like:
– Economics and design
– Design for emerging markets
– Early prototyping and new product definition
– Interaction design
– Innovation toolkit
– Patient-centered Healthcare
– Schools for the digital age

Class Topic Sponsorship

Sponsoring a graduate-level class topic will give you the chance to see design methods in action, explore new applications, and bring students to stakeholders to explain the results. Working with faculty, your classroom sponsorship can promote a range of ideas, from futuristic topics to specific areas of innovation for you. You may also make your organization the object of study. Class topic sponsorship allows you to develop a relationship with faculty and students, and learn how ID methods suite your business goals and practices.

Recent sponsors include:

Accenture
AMP
Amway
Anheuser-Busch InBev
Autodesk
B/E Aerospace
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Boeing
Bose
BP
Chicago Architecture Foundation
Chicago Loop Alliance
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs
Chic-Fil-A
CEDIM
City of Chicago
Copco
Crowe Horwath
Dentsply International
Dentsu Inc.
Diamond Consulting
Dispatch Printing Co.
DRTM Ventures
FedEx
Frito-Lay
Gannett
Girls Scouts of America
GM
Goodwill Industries
Goodyear
Google
HermanMiller
HP
HSBC
Hyatt Hotels
Hyundai
Integrien
Intuit
ITAU UNIBANCO
Joyce Foundation
Kellogg Foundation
Life Fitness
Lion Brothers
MacArthur Foundation
Marmon
Marriott
MassMutual
Masterfoods
Mattell
Mayo
McDonald’s
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Microsoft
MJV Tecnologia e Inovacao
Morningstar
Motorola
National Institute of Health
Nestlé Purina
NetFlow
New Vision
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Nokia
Northwestern Memorial Healthcare
PepsiCo
Pitney Bowes
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship
Procter & Gamble
Quaker Oats
Roots Inc.
RTC
Safeco Liberty Mutual
Samsung
SAP
SC Johnson
SK Telecom
Symnetics
Steelcase Inc.
Stegeman Creative
Target
Tervis
ThinkPlace Limited
Thrive
Texas Instruments
T-Mobile
Toyota
Turner Broadcasting
Underwriters Laboratories
Unilever
United Way
University of Chicago Hospitals
University of Chicago Booth
UPCNet
Vocollect
VSA Partners
Whirlpool
Wilton Industries
WMS Gaming
Wolverine World Inc.
Worthington Industries
WW Grainger
X Prize
Yahoo!
Zebra Technologies

 

 

More Information

Would you like to sponsor research or a class topic? Contact us to get started.