Indiana University has launched a website for the Office of Business Partnerships with the goal of managing and developing industry-academic partnerships. Through its new website, IU says the OBP team will be able to bring more collaborative opportunities to IU faculty, staff, researchers and students.

IU Associate Vice President of Business Partnerships Valerie Gill says the website is intended to showcase the impact of IU’s business partnerships. The website will also serve as a resource for internal stakeholders and businesses looking to partner with the university.

“Our business partnerships team is here to help the IU community connect with new and existing business partners, and to develop plans to guide partnership efforts and optimize outcomes,” said Gill. “We help faculty, staff and researchers facilitate interdisciplinary and multifaceted opportunities with a strategic and coordinated approach across IU’s seven regional campuses.

IU says Gill and her team will also work in close collaboration with business partners, faculty, researchers, school corporate relations offices, IU’s Office of Innovation and Commercialization, IU Ventures, IU Athletics, Career Services units across the campuses, as well as many other IU schools and units.

The team will lead and develop strategic partnership initiatives focused on:

  • Research collaborations, innovation projects and case studies
  • IP development and the commercialization of IU technologies
  • IU talent pipeline development
  • Executive education and other professional development opportunities
  • Brand alignment and sponsorships
  • Targeted philanthropy
  • Webinar and networking opportunities
  • Academic and industry expert speaking engagements
  • Board and membership participation

“We are here as a resource to break down barriers to success,” Gill said. “We want to support our partners and find ways to help them grow. Whether you are looking for research insights, opportunities to align your brand with IU, talent, professional development for your employees, new product or IP development, or simply want to know what it means to be an IU partner, let us know and we can make a real and positive impact together.”

The university says the website includes toolkits and resources for IU faculty and staff. The resources are intended to help IU faculty and staff navigate all the steps involved in developing corporate funding for research projects, philanthropic initiatives and sponsorship of IU events and programs.

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