Corporate Partnership and Funding Opportunities


DePaul University Athletics provides many different opportunities for local and national partnerships to reach the highly desirable college sports demographic. All 15 of the Blue Demons' athletic programs compete in the BIG EAST Conference, attracting students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and fans from across the country to their events. By partnering with DePaul Athletics, your company is integrated with sporting events that elicit unprecedented excitement and passion from its followers.

All partnerships are developed to meet the individual needs of your business and are designed to create a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship for both the sponsor and the Blue Demons.

Click below to view the 2018 DePaul Athletics Sponsorship Menu to learn more about the wide variety of branding, advertising and promotional opportunities available to prospective corporate partners with the Blue Demons.

Sponsorship Menu

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.

Executive Education

DePaul University Corporate Training

DePaul's Corporate Training provides workshops, seminars and customized certificate programs that enhance the skills and knowledge of your employees. This includes assessment services, leadership and management skills training, and technical training. All training is customized to industry needs and specific challenges of your organization and workforce.

Whether organizations seek basic training for frontline staff or executive training in areas of strategic acumen, improving organizational effectiveness and managing change, CIBC can choose from any of DePaul's existing professional education and certificate programs and have them tailored to meet your specific needs. Taught by industry experts and DePaul faculty, we specialize in aligning employee learning with the business objectives of your organization.

DePaul will also provide assessment services, instructional design services and program delivery services offering you the flexibility to choose the right level of support for employee training and development projects. Listed below are some of the many onsite certificate programs DePaul offers:

  • Big Data Analysis
  • Building and Effective Marketing Plan
  • Business Analyst
  • Business Communications
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Digital Marketing Strategy
  • Effective Presentation and Communication Skills
  • Leadership and Management Development
  • Strategic Management
  • Social Media Marketing
Onsite DePaul MBA Cohort Program

Attracting and bringing in new employees is difficult enough, but many companies also struggle to retain their top talent in Chicago's tight job market. By partnering with DePaul University, Companies have the opportunity to bring the DePaul MBA right to its office. This would be a convenient and attractive benefit for employees, particularly millennials, who prioritize professional development opportunities behind salary when selecting an employer.

Currently, DePaul has over 25 degree programs running onsite at Chicago companies. Employers report that these programs have helped them attract and retain top talent.

  • Minimum cohort of 20 employees
  • A 25 percent discount on tuition
  • DePaul would waive the GMAT test requirement for employees

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.


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.

School of Music Spring Gala Concert

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.

The Theatre School Lights Up! Event

Supporting The Theatre School Scholarship Fund, the Lights Up! event is an evening of celebration, exploration, entertainment and exquisite fare at the artistic home of The Theatre School. Attendees learn about what happens both on and off stage and get a glimpse of the student experience with behind-the-scenes access.

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.

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.

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

  • Data Science
  • Digital & New Media
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Esports
  • College and career readiness
  • Cyber Security
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Performing & Fine Arts
  • STEM Education
  • Veterans
  • Worforce Development
  • Youth violence


Endowed Scholarships

To offset the cost of tuition, scholarships are essential for most students attending DePaul. Corporate supporters that choose to endow a scholarship can help set up the criteria for scholarship eligibility. An endowed scholarship offers permanent naming opportunity for companies to affiliate their brand with DePaul and create affinity among students and faculty. Endowed scholarships are invested according to DePaul’s endowment policy and exist in perpetuity. The minimum gift to establish a named endowed scholarship is $50,000.

Expendable Scholarships

Expendable scholarships award the total amount of the gift over a limited number of years. The scholarship fund does not accrue interest and is awarded based on the fund balance. The minimum gift to establish a named expendable scholarship is $10,000.

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