Corporate Partnership and Funding Opportunities


DePaul Athletics features 15 intercollegiate sports that compete in the BIG EAST Conference. The DePaul Blue Demons have enjoyed a rich history in Chicago and on the national sports scene. For the past 25 years, DePaul has been a favorite of broadcasters, with televised games on CBS, NBC, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports, Comcast Sports Net and Chicago Superstation WGN.

The BIG EAST Conference, which currently comprises DePaul, Butler, Creighton, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. Johns, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier, has an exclusive 12-year deal with Fox Sports.

DePaul men's basketball games are carried on WSCR "The Score" (670 AM), which reaches 38 states and Canada. In addition, all men's and women's basketball game are streamed on .

Athletics Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Autograph sessions with coaches and players
  • DePaul Athletics community service program
  • DePaul Athletics official provider
  • DePaul dance team
  • DePaul fan T-shirts
  • DePaul Kids Zone
  • DLP scorer's table signage
  • Driven Lil Demon Program
  • Game day programs
  • Game day promotions
  • Kick plates
  • LED basketball arm stanchion signage
  • Magnet schedules
  • Pocket schedules
  • Point of purchase promotion
  • Presidents Club room
  • Product sampling and displays
  • Public address announcements
  • Radio advertising
  • Ribbon board messages
  • Scoreboard messages
  • Website and social media advertising

Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP)

The Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP) provides an opportunity for companies to develop long-lasting, strategic partnerships with a specific college or program of interest. Companies raise their visibility among our student body, receive exclusive access and engagement opportunities, develop relationships with members of our distinguished faculty and staff, and forge strong connections with DePaul University and our alumni base. The program keeps CAP members informed about research and teaching goals, helps faculty better prepare students for real-world careers, assists the placement of students, and increases the likelihood of successful academia/industry collaborations.

The CAP program was developed to strengthen relationships between DePaul University and industry partners, and to improve a College’s knowledge of industry needs and practices. It also keeps CAP members informed about the college’s research and teaching goals, helps faculty better prepare students for real-world careers, assists the placement of students, and makes academia/industry collaborations more likely and successful.

Knowledge–CAP members have valuable access to leading faculty and scholars through informal discussions, consultations, and invitations to special events.

Recruitment–Membership provides expanded opportunities to recruit high quality talent for internships and job opportunities.

Early Access–Companies have the competitive advantage of early access and unique engagement opportunities with students, faculty and staff and leadership of the College.

Connections–The intellectual community of DePaul University provides a unique opportunity to connect with thought leaders in computing, data analytics, design, game development, cinematic arts and other CDM academic disciplines.

Resources–Members have access to College facilities and resources for focus groups, interviews, collaborative research and meetings.

For more details on Corporate Affiliates Program member benefits and how to join:

Please contact the Office of Corporate Relations at: or Tom Nguyen, Senior Director, Corporate Relations at: (312)-362-7171.

Executive Education

DePaul's Corporate Training provides workshops, seminars and customized programs for companies, organizations and government agencies seeking to enhance the professional skills and capabilities of its employees.

Whether seeking basic training for frontline staff or strategic planning for senior executives, companies can choose from any of DePaul’s professional education and certificate programs. Taught by industry experts and DePaul faculty, these programs can be tailored to meet a company's needs.

DePaul also can provide assessment, instructional design and program delivery services to allow flexibility in choosing the right level of support for employee training and development projects.

Listed below are a few of the onsite programs and services DePaul offers:

  • Project Management / Advanced Project Management
  • Mastering Innovation
  • MBA Primer
  • Leadership Series
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Purchasing and Supply Management Certificate
  • Strategic Planning
  • Customer Service Excellence Certificate
  • New Media Marketing Strategies
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Practical Internet Marketing

To view a complete list of offerings by subject area, click here .

DePaul Events

DePaul University features a wide array of events throughout the year that attract several hundred to several thousand student, faculty, staff and alumni participants. Companies can sponsor individual or multiple events and receive premium recognition, visibility and opportunities to engage with attendees.

Alumni/Family Weekend

Family Weekend provides family members of DePaul students a chance to enjoy a wide range of academic, social, athletic and cultural activities, gain exposure to the DePaul Experience, and develop lasting relationships. Concurrently, a number of events and activities take place for DePaul alumni. The event attracts around 1,500 participants.


This annual outdoor concert event features local and national bands, and "FEST: After Hours", a post-concert event that includes comedians and other entertainment. More than 5,000 students, faculty and staff attend this popular event.

New Student Service Day

The last day of Immersion Week, New Student Service Day invites DePaul’s Discover Chicago students to take part in service projects across the city. In 2013, 1,500 students and 45 community partners participated.

School of Music Gala

The Annual School of Music Gala features an elegant reception, dinner and awards program in the historic Symphony Center for nearly 400 guests and friends of the School of Music. The program is followed by a DePaul Symphony performance in Orchestra Hall. Widely considered one of the finest orchestras among colleges and universities, the DePaul Symphony Orchestra showcases its talented musicians in a historic setting, providing a unique opportunity for Gala attendees.

Theatre Gala Awards Dinner

Since its inception in 1989, The Awards for Excellence in the Arts have recognized distinguished artists and visionaries who have proven their dedication, talent and leadership in support of the arts. Past honorees include: Gillian Anderson, Angela Bassett, Laurence Fishburne, Nathan Lane, Patti Lupone, Joe Mantegna, John C. Reilly and Vince Vaughn. More than 350 guests, arts patrons and friends of the Theatre School attend the event. All proceeds are placed in a scholarship fund enabling the next generation of theatre students to continue pursuing their dreams.

Premiere Film Festival

DePaul Film students create nearly 1,000 short films each year. Presented by DePaul’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media, the popular festival showcases two hours of the best student films that are nominated for an award. Awards are presented after the show, including the “Judges Award” which is selected by a panel of celebrity judges. Attendees include nearly 700 School of Cinema and Interactive Media students, alumni, movie goers and special guests.

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The nation's only free and public screenwriter's conference hosted by The College of Computing and Digital Media’s (CDM) School of Cinema and Interactive Media. The annual event brings together a panel of professional screenwriters from different backgrounds—live comedy, multimedia, television, film and others—to share their perspective, experience and advice. Participants include 500 School of Cinema and Interactive Media students, alumni, and local screenwriters and play writers. Students and alumni of the MFA Screenwriting Program receive VIP access to workshops, seating and the filmmakers' lounge where they can talk one-on-one with visiting guests.

Involvement Fairs

Involvement Fairs are open to all DePaul students, but primarily target incoming freshmen and transfer students. The fair attracts nearly 3,000 students to learn about the numerous resources the university and neighboring communities have to offer.

  • New Student and Transfer Orientation

    Through orientation programs, students and their families begin their relationship with DePaul. More than 4,500 new students/family members participate in DePaul’s orientation activities.

  • Residential Move-in and Welcome Weekend

    At the beginning of each September, more 2,500 students move into residence halls on DePaul’s Lincoln Park and Loop campuses. University staff-members meet, greet, direct traffic and provide overall assistance to new and returning students. Welcome events are scheduled throughout the move-in weekend, giving students their first chance to meet and interact with fellow students and university departments.

  • Taste of DePaul

    More than 1,500 DePaul students come out and enjoy free food samples from area food vendors, as well as live music and entertainment.

  • Vincentian Service Day

    Vincentian Service Day is an exciting annual opportunity for DePaul students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners to come together in the communities of Chicago for a day of service to strengthen our connection to one another and put our Vincentian mission of service and social justice into practice. More than 1,600 DePaul community members and 88 community partners participated last year in making a difference.

  • Welcome Week

    Welcome Week is a series of free events and activities that welcome new, returning and transfer students back to campus.

  • Other Notable DePaul Events
    • Alumni events
    • DePaul Art Museum exhibits
    • Athletic events
    • Blue Demon Day
    • Career fairs
    • Christmas at DePaul
    • Chicago Playworks productions
    • DePaul Jazz Ensembles concert
    • DePaul Symphony Orchestra concerts
    • Golf outing
    • Industry conferences
    • President’s Holiday Celebration
    • Scholarship luncheons

Industry-Sponsored Collaborations

Sponsored Research

Industry partners can collaborate with leading faculty and grad students on existing or new research initiatives. Each industry-sponsored project is led by a University Principal Investigator (PI) who guides the research, shapes the resulting outcome(s), and is responsible for the coordination and collaboration with the sponsoring company.

Industry Sponsored Student Projects (i.e. Capstone courses)

Industry partners provide a project that a team of students and faculty advisor work on during one or more quarters. Students gain valuable real-world experience, while companies gain firsthand insight into students' potential as future employees. Industry partners also provide a representative to act a mentor/advisor to guide the project and lend expertise. Industry partners have first access to the completed project.

Naming Opportunities

Academic Areas

Most of DePaul University’s 10 colleges/schools and nearly 300 undergraduate and graduate programs of study are available for naming rights from an individual or corporation.

Campus Facilities

The naming of campus buildings, residence halls, student centers and other DePaul facilities is one way the university can honor a corporate partner’s contributions to the institution.

DePaul Events Center (New Basketball Arena)

Plans are underway for the construction of a new 10,000-seat events center in downtown Chicago where the DePaul men’s basketball team will play beginning in 2016. The Events Center, scheduled to open in October 2016, will also host a number of other DePaul and City of Chicago events, conferences and concerts throughout the year.

Endowed Chairs

Creating an endowed faculty chair (position) is one of the best ways to attract leading professors who want to work in a world-class institution that recognizes their accomplishments and supports their scholarly pursuits with funding. A gift to endow a chair will permit a school/college to recruit top-flight educators who add prestige and visibility to the endower.

Endowed Professorships

A named professorship award can be used to recruit, retain or recognize outstanding faculty. The supporting endowments provide expendable amounts that can be used to support the salary of the recipient and/or the expenses of his or her teaching, research or service activities.

Endowed Fellows

A named fellow award can be used to recruit, retain or recognize faculty early in their academic careers. The endowment provides expendable amounts that can be used to support the salary of the recipient and/or the expenses of his or her teaching, research or service activities.

Programmatic Support

Companies can partner with DePaul by sponsoring a particular program or providing funding to launch a new initiative. Programmatic areas available for partner support include:

  • Arts and culture
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Early childhood education
  • Environmental
  • College and career readiness
  • Financial literacy
  • Film and television
  • Health and wellness
  • Mentoring
  • New media
  • Service days
  • STEM
  • Technology
  • Veterans
  • Youth violence

By sponsoring a program, companies can align their name with these initiatives and receive valuable naming, recognition, promotional and activation opportunities.


Endowed Scholarships

To offset the cost of tuition, scholarships are essential for many students at DePaul. Many DePaul scholarships are endowed, which ensures that tuition assistance is available for students in need into the future. Corporate supporters that choose to endow a scholarship can help set up the criteria for scholarship eligibility. An endowed scholarship creates a permanent naming opportunity for companies to affiliate their brand with DePaul and create affinity among students and faculty.

Merit and Need-Based Scholarships

Corporate partners also may fund merit scholarships for gifted and accomplished students. Nearly 77 percent of the 23,000 full-time students at DePaul have received some form of financial assistance. Donors have funded more than 1,700 merit and need-based scholarships totaling $6.4 million in support.

  • Merit-based scholarships are based primarily on student's academic performance; in particular, grade point average and class ranking, as specified by the restrictions of the scholarship criteria. Other decisive factors may include extracurricular and community service activities.
  • Need-based scholarships are based on the financial need of potential recipients, who often come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Scholarship Luncheon

The Annual Scholarship Luncheon offers current and prospective scholarship donors the ability to interact and engage with student recipients of donor funded scholarships. It is an opportunity to thank donors for their contributions to scholarships while allowing them to see the impact of their gifts firsthand. For our student scholarship recipients, it is an event that emphasizes the importance and the joy of giving back.

For more information about partnering with DePaul University, contact Tom Nguyen, Senior Director, Corporate Relations, at or (312) 362-7171.