Why sponsor CIC?
Student receiving Microsoft Software as part of awards presentation 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 250 CT elementary and middle schools, but in some districts there are no CIC programs at all. Since 2008, CIC has added over 65% more schools, and our plans call for more actively promoting, recruiting, training and supporting new teachers in new school districts, especially in underserved urban schools.
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 finals event. CIC also works with funders to focus on specific geographic areas of Connecticut (Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New London/Groton, Waterbury, Danbury) to help with jump-starting CIC programs in underserved 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.