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Why Sponsor CIC?

CIC is supported by Connecticut stakeholders who understand the value of teaching invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship to the next generation of problem solvers. CIC corporate and foundation supporters understand that in order to assure a pipeline of a qualified, skilled workforce for the 21st Century, we have to all work together to foster students' interest in STEM and "catch them early" to keep their options open for careers in engineering and technology. 

To meet its goal of providing the opportunity to "every child, in every school, to become an inventor once, better twice" the CIC needs to expand its reach. Currently, the CIC serves over 250 elementary and middle schools - a 200% increase since the program's 25th anniversary in 2008! But in some districts, there are no CIC programs at all.  We continue to reach out to new districts and schools, especially in underserved urban schools, to bring this important educational experience to more students. 

Corporate support can come in the form of financial support of CIC programs, in-kind support of CIC's needs, as well as through employee volunteerism in local and state-wide events. Cic provides opportunities for corporations and foundations to fund specific interests through "Sponsor Awards" at Regional events and the annual State Finals event.  CIC also works with funders to focus on specific geographic areas of Connecticut (Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, new London/Groton, Waterbury, and Danbury) to help with jump-starting CIC programs in under-served cities and towns where the need for CIC programs is the greatest. 

As CIC partners, corporate and foundation supporters enjoy visibility through recognition at CIC Regional and State events. The best reward is knowing they have contributed to the inspiration which young inventors draw from being recognized for ingenuity and creativity. 

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