The IDEA Center is aligned with leading companies that share our commitment to fostering innovation and commercial success. Partners are integral to our work, providing both financial support and industry expertise to enhance the value of the programs we offer faculty, students and the community.




1st Source Bank 

With a history dating back to 1863, 1st Source Bank is the largest locally controlled financial institution headquartered in the area and serves the northern half of Indiana and southwest Michigan. Delivering a comprehensive range of personal and business banking services through their community bank offices, they distinguish themselves with highly personalized services. 1st Source also competes for business nationally by offering specialized financing services for new and used private and cargo aircraft, automobiles for leasing and rental agencies, medium and heavy duty trucks, construction and environmental equipment.

The mission of 1st Source is to help clients achieve security, build wealth, and realize their dreams. Clients will want to bank with 1st Source because they’re convenient to do business with, and take the time to listen to and understand their needs. This allows 1st Source to be the best in offering sound advice, straight talk, and products to build their financial wealth.

Gates Toyota

Gates Toyota

This dealership was started all the way back in 1982 as one of the early adopters of the amazing line of Toyota products. Though that may seem like a long time ago, we can assure you that our history goes back even farther. All the way back in 1928 L.O. Gates founded Gates Automotive as an extension of his grocery business. Fast forward almost 90 years, and we are still here serving Michiana with fantastic Toyota automobiles. In all that time, we have kept a strong focus on our customer base. We know that happy customers are returning customers, and at Gates Toyota in South Bend, Indiana, returning customers are what we are all about.

We have the new car selection that you want when you are looking to get a new Toyota, and we have the used car inventory that you need when you are looking for a car with some miles and experience. We also have the service department that you have been looking for to get your Toyota properly serviced. With our experience on the job, you can be sure that your Toyota will be in the best of hands. None of this would be possible at all if it wasn't for our amazing staff of sales and service professionals who will always have your best interests in mind.


Crowe Horwath

Crowe Horwath LLP is one of the top 10 public accounting and consulting firms in the United States. Under its core purpose of "Building Value with Values®," Crowe assists clients in teaching their goals through audit, tax, risk and consulting services. Crowe professionals provide public and private company clients with thought leadership in many sectors, including financial and diversified financial services, healthcare, government, private equity sponsored, inventory-based, retail, not-for-profit, higher education and food and commodities. With more than 20 offices and more than 2,500 personnel, Crowe is recognized by many organizations as one of the country's best places to work. Crowe serves clients worldwide as a leading independent member of Horwath International.


Faegre Baker Daniels

Faegre Baker Daniels provides advice and counsel to regional, national and international clients with business and legal needs. As a full-service law firm, we develop a strategic approach uniquely suited to each client's individual needs — from startups to multinational corporations.

Faegre Baker Daniels expanded its depth and breadth of expertise on January 1, 2012, through a combination of two firms — Baker & Daniels, founded in Indiana, and Faegre & Benson, founded in Minnesota — with similar histories, cultures and shared values.

With more than 800 legal and consulting professionals in offices in the United States, United Kingdom and China, we recognize that optimal results are driven by a spirit of collaboration and a team approach to service. With that understanding, we collaborate with clients — and each other — every day to handle the complex transactions, regulatory matters and litigation that businesses face.


Interlogic Outsourcing, Inc. (IOI)

Interlogic Outsourcing, Inc. (IOI) provides payroll and employer solutions for progressive employers nationally. Serving a wide range of industries including: financial institutions, technology companies, not for profit organizations, manufacturing, education, health care, restaurants and hospitality service sectors, IOI has grown from a local operation in Elkhart, Indiana, to one of the nation’s leading payroll processing providers. Headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana, IOI has offices nationally.

IOI offers a variety of scalable solutions to enable businesses of all sizes to achieve greater efficiencies and reduce bottom-line costs by deploying state of the art technology with IOIPay®, our premier web-based Payroll and HRIS platform, with additional services including Employee Self-Service, General Ledger integration, PayCards, Workers’ Compensation Pay-As-You-Go plans, automated Time and Attendance solutions, enhanced reporting tools and much more! See just how easy it can be ­ call for your free consultation today 888-697-0021.


Beacon Health System

Beacon Health System is the nonprofit parent organization of Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital of South Bend, providing world-class care throughout North Central Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital of South Bend, two accomplished medical legacies operating health care facilities in Elkhart, St. Joseph and LaPorte counties in Indiana, as well as in Michigan, have each delivered exceptional and compassionate care for more than 100 years.>

Together, Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital of South Bend employ more than 6,000 team members and volunteers; operate more than 1,000 hospital beds and are staffed by nearly 1,000 physicians. Each year, approximately 4,500 babies are delivered at both hospitals. And both have provided exceptional regional health care for more than a century. Its community-owned hospitals have been frequently honored for outstanding care by some of the country’s most respected health care ranking systems, including HealthGrades, Inc. and Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®.

Beacon Health System is also a research and education organization, guiding clinical research trials for a variety of illnesses and helping train medical residents in the fields of family medicine and hospital pharmacy.


Krieg DeValut

Krieg DeValut LLP is a law firm with over 130 professionals representing a wide variety of local, regional and national clients. It is a general practice law firm with practice areas in corporate, banking, health care, estate planning, life sciences, tax, litigation, environmental, intellectual property, public finance, nanotechnology, municipal and governmental affairs, among others. The firm has offices in Indianapolis, Carmel, Noblesville, Schererville, and Mishawaka, Indiana, Chicago Illinois, Atlanta, Georgia, and Boca Grande, Florida. Through its membership in Meritas, the firm’s ability to assist clients reaches around the world.


Notre Dame Federal Credit Union

At Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, we consider our continued commitment to our members to be one of our greatest success stories. Since 1941, we have been serving our members' financial needs by providing valuable products and time-saving services at little or no cost. From our humble beginnings operating out of the night watchman's office on the University of Notre Dame campus, we have grown into the thirteenth largest credit union in Indiana. On our first day of business, we had only thirty members, but we now serve nearly 60,000 located across the country and around the world. Despite having such a large number of members, we pride ourselves on maintaining a personal and professional relationship with each and every one of them, not only through our nationwide network of branches and ATMs, but also through our robust online and mobile banking suites. Visit today to explore the many benefits of an account with Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, including low-rate loans, free Checking, and our incredible Visa Platinum credit card — the card that pays you 1% cash back on every purchase! Experience the Notre Dame FCU difference today!



Martin's Super Markets is a locally owned Super Market chain based in South Bend since 1947. Originally a single, family operated store of 800 sq. ft., Martin’s brings its customer centric focus to over 20 communities throughout Southwestern Michigan and Northern Indiana. Quality products and service are the hallmarks of the Martin’s experience where groceries are not only bagged for you, but can also be loaded in your vehicle, free of charge. Martin’s offers customers additional services to meet modern needs including a full service floral center and catering service, fuel centers, a pharmacy, the side-door deli, pet supplies and in-store Starbuck’s at select locations! Additionally, Martin’s annually supports local charities like Heat for Homes, Roof Sit and many others.

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Indiana Michigan Power (I&M)

Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), founded in 1925, is a subsidiary of the American Electric Power Company, Inc., (AEP), which owns nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity and thus ranks as one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. I&M specifically boasts nearly 5,250 megawatts of that generating capacity with a well-balanced portfolio of 49.5% Coal-fired, 41.1% Nuclear, 8.6% Wind, .4% Hydro and a developing capacity of .3% solar generated.

I&M itself generates, transmits, and distributes electricity to over 589,000 customers in northeastern Indiana and southwestern Michigan serving major as Ft. Wayne, Muncie, Marion, South Bend, Elkhart in Indiana and Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Niles and Three Rivers in Michigan.” The company is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and has external affairs offices in Indianapolis and Lansing, Michigan.


Schurz Communications, Inc.

Schurz Communications, Inc. is a news and information company, which consists of six business segments: Broadcasting Radio, Broadcasting TV, Cable TV, Newspaper Publishing and Digital Media.It all began in 1872 when Alfred B. Miller and Elmer Crockett founded the South Bend, Ind. Tribune. The Tribune is still the flag-ship property and family members have held editor and publisher positions at the newspaper for five generations. Schurz Communications newspapers have a long tradition of editorial excellence, technical innovation and a commitment to the highest standards for quality and excellence in journalism.Our companies put great emphasis on seeking the truth and sharing it with others. Our purpose is to provide a better understanding of the world, so that our readers, viewers and users are more informed and can positively impact our communities and society.