The Indiana University Office of Business Partnerships (OBP) is the front door for industry partners seeking to cultivate strategic relationships with our faculty, researchers and students. Collaborating with industry leaders and entrepreneurs around the world, we build meaningful, sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships in support of education and research across Indiana and beyond.
Our mission is to be the front door for industry partners seeking to cultivate strategic relationships with our faculty, researchers and students. To accomplish this, we:
Support business/industry partners to connect, collaborate, and grow with the IU community.
Help our partners explore strategic partnership opportunities to connect with IU’s 93,000+ students, 8700+ faculty, and 700,000+ graduates through 7 regional campuses and 200+ research centers and institutes.
Build talent pipelines through recruiting and on-campus events, internship/scholarship programs collaborating with our partners.
Identify IP commercialization and licensing opportunities to drive innovation.
Provide business/industry partners with professional development and educational opportunities across all of IU’s campuses.
INTEGRITY: Integrity is the ability to align our actions and words with our standard of excellence. We embody this principle with each collaboration we have with Indiana University’s faculty, staff, students, and partners.
SERVICE: We help faculty, staff, students, and partners to create connections in support of education, research and innovation, programs, and workforce development. We serve the entire IU system to get you to the right place quickly.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION: We value and embody Diversity and Inclusion by fostering and upholding an environment of antiracism; honoring the value different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization; elevating actions to support diversity and inclusion; and helping to cultivate a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning environment for people from all backgrounds. We are committed to continual reflection and growth in how we uphold these principles as the work of equity and social justice is never done.
LEARNING: We create opportunities for leading-edge innovation, nurturing and amplifying thought-leaders, sharing knowledge and applying solutions that build and benefit community.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: We connect with thought leaders to create solutions for 21st-century problems and create dynamic partnerships that provide local communities, the state of Indiana and our world with educational, economic, social, and cultural development
Meet the Team
Associate Vice President of Business Partnerships
More About Valerie
In her role as Associate Vice President for Business Partnerships, Val provides university-wide leadership, infrastructure, and strategy to create and implement dynamic, mutually beneficial corporate partnerships. Val advises and collaborates with university colleagues to implement tactical strategies that connect business and industry partners with the resources that they need to advance their business. The office of business partnerships is designed to help partners solve business challenges, showcase their brand with university audiences, create new products or IP, explore targeted philanthropic opportunities, develop talent pipelines, and facilitate professional development opportunities for employees. Val also provides strategic oversight of the office of licensing and trademarks, which is responsible for growth and management of the university’s trademark licensing program. Val joined IU in 2008 and prior to the development of the office of business partnerships, Val held the roles of Director of Licensing and Trademarks, and Director of Sponsorships, Licensing & Trademarks. Val earned her BS from Western Michigan University.
More About Brandy
Director, Business Partnerships | email@example.com
Industry Categories: Apparel, Consumables & Entertainment Transportation & Hospitality
More About Drew
Associate Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Industry Categories: Information Technology, Professional Services
More About Tara
More About Clarissa
Prior to joining IU, Clarissa served in a marketing planning and proposal development role for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. Clarissa has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Indianapolis and is pursuing her M.P.A from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI.