Intellectual Ventures is built around ideas. So when we find ways to collaborate with programs and organizations who are taking on big ideas, we lend our support. Our sponsorship and giving initiatives complement our business strategies and let our diverse teams and employees contribute to the local communities in which we live and work. Each opportunity is unique. What’s common is our commitment.
Who We Support
American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF)
AIPLEF promotes diversity in the intellectual property bar. The Foundation gives over $100,000 in scholarships every year to minority students who are studying IP. We’re pleased to lend our support to these students who may one day help protect and defend inventor rights.
BT Young Irish Science and Technology Exhibition
Our global offices give back, too. In Dublin IV sponsors the BT Young Irish Science and Technology Exhibition. The event encourages future scientists to explore ideas and showcase research projects during an annual competition. IV sponsors the Special Awards category, and this year we honored teenage brothers who are developing a technology that helps drivers know when road surfaces freeze.
Expanding Your Horizons
The Expanding Your Horizons Network is a nonprofit membership organization of educators, scientists, mathematicians, parents, community leaders, and government and corporate representatives. Their mission is to nurture girls' interest in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through hands-on opportunities. IV is the proud host of several conferences in the Seattle and Bellevue, where our employee volunteers assist as STEM role models to middle and high school girls, motivating them to be innovative and creative thinkers.
FIRST is not just a robotics competition. It’s a program that inspires young people to discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology while building valuable life skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Of Washington’s more than 100 high school teams, IV’s employees mentor more than a dozen in and around the Seattle area—helping local students learn about potential careers in the business of invention.
Global Women’s Innovation Network (WIN)
GlobalWIN is a not-for-profit that provides a forum for women executives and thought leaders in academia, government, and business with a passion for innovation to help advance critical policy issues. In addition, the organization is dedicated to helping women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields access resources and broaden their network. As a corporate sponsor, IV supports this important mission.
Institute for Systems Biology (ISB)
ISB is a nonprofit research organization where scientific collaboration takes place across disciplines to answer challenging questions related to health and the environment. In closing the gap between the future and now, ISB is paving the way for major scientific and medical achievements. With goals aligned to our own, it’s no wonder that IV chooses to support and attend ISB’s Annual Symposium.
Pacific Science Center
Looking to get inspired by a lifelong interest in science, math, and technology? The Pacific Science Center fuels tomorrow’s innovations by igniting curiosity and creative thinking, and IV is excited to be a part of that mission. Our support goes toward the Discovery Corp, where high school students gain experience and expertise in science careers. Our engagement also includes a board position for our President and COO Adriane Brown.
STEMconnector is a collaboration of companies, nonprofit associations, professional leaders, and STEM-related organizations—all of which are concerned with STEM education and innovation in the U.S. As a STEMconnector sponsor, IV is joining the organization in linking all things related to science, technology, engineering, and math. IV and STEMconnector are working together to build a national community that values STEM education and innovation. Access a variety of resources, from leadership profiles to news digests, on the STEMconnector website.
Programming and engineering are increasingly valuable skills. To be successful, today’s innovators need to have a solid grasp of computer sciences. As a StudentRND sponsor, we’re helping youth learn the value—and fun—in programming. StudentRND hosts 24-hour programming marathons called Code Days as well as month-long summer Labs. These events help students refine their tech skills and learn to be leaders.
SURF Incubator is a community-support place for digital entrepreneurs. Located in downtown Seattle, they support the needs of more than 60 startups with educational programming, work space and access to a network or mentors, investors, interns, government liaisons, academics and industry partners eager to help grow their businesses.
The Foundation’s mission is to promote technology-led ideas that advance economic growth and U.S. competitiveness, and educate executives, policymakers, press, opinion leaders, and the public. The Foundation disseminates industry, policy, and market research and organizes conferences to explore pertinent issues with government and industry representatives. IV is proud to sponsor the David Packard Medal of Achievement & Innovators Award, honoring significant contributions to the advancement of the high-tech industry.
The Technology Alliance is a statewide, nonprofit organization of leaders from Washington’s technology-based businesses and institutions dedicated to the state’s long-term economic success. Through programs, research, and policy activities, the Technology Alliance mobilizes support for the key drivers of a vibrant innovation economy. As a board member, Ben Stephens, IV’s chief counsel, offers strategic direction and resources to support the organization’s work.
Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA)
WTIA promotes Washington state as a desirable community to start and grow successful technology companies. From networking with peers to continuing education offerings and advocacy for public policy to job opportunities, WTIA is the place to connect with Washington’s technology industry. As one of 800 members, IV participates in the community and the conversation.
Given the high volume of requests we receive, we hold an application period each year. Requests can be submitted begining in June. Check this webpage then for more information. In the meantime, learn about what we support.
Mentoring The Next Innovators
Our sponsorship helps hundreds of girls succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
We're mentoring multiple teams in a robotics competition, which helps youth discover their creativity and the value of hard work.