The collaboration between IED and companies takes place trough the development of Thesis Projects, extracurricular Special Projects, Tailor-Made Education, Talent Acquisition and numerous collaborations, the engine of a virtuous circle that is the basis of market innovation and design.

For companies, IED is established as a partner of excellence capable of generating ever-new synergies, based on methodological experimentation and the principles of participatory design with an innovative and anti-conformist approach to today's market, even capable of anticipating its needs.

Choosing IED as a partner allows companies:

  • to be present at the most important moments during the training of tomorrow's professionals
  • to collaborate through innovative methodologies with selected students and alumni
  • to strengthen its positioning through collaboration with an international network
  • to enhance their skills and be competitive in the marketplace
  • to select the best talent

Every year, under the careful guidance of lecturers and course coordinators, our students work on developing projects that are able to meet business objectives and the marketing and communication needs of brand partners.

What are the advantages for companies and institutions?

  • Supporting the training of young future design talents by sharing real briefs that meet market needs
  • Participating in educational planning for the development of focused and highly experimental and strategic research paths
  • Possibility to contribute through the provision of scholarships on the selected course


The experience of some of the companies that took part in the didactic and final projects

It was an exciting and valuable experience

both for us and the students, thanks to the fusion of the Honda Design philosophy with the creative energy and commitment of young IED designers

Taku Konu

Taku Kono – General Manager Styling Design Division Honda R&D

I have seen young professionals who are highly motivated to meet concrete needs and acquire the necessary skills to achieve their objectives.

I observed a mature awareness of the results achieved and of the gaps to be filled, as well as a genuine desire to make a difference with one's work. I believe that IED has taken a courageous and innovative lead in wanting to integrate such a structured experimental thesis into a well-defined and delineated course of study

Gioia Manetti

Senior Vice President of Autoscout24 & CEO of Autoscout24 Spa

We create multidisciplinary teams of students and Alumni and develop intensive workshops, research projects and focus groups led by specially selected professionals to ensure both innovative vision and quality of the final output.

What are the advantages for companies and institutions?

  • Accessing an up-to-date design vision but still not influenced by the world of work.
  • Possibility of involving multidisciplinary and multicultural teams often representative of the potential target group
  • Flexibility in the timing, modalities and objectives of activities
  • Co-branding through communication actions dedicated to the partnership
The experience of some of the companies that took part in the special projects

It was a winning idea: working with creative young people was an extraordinary experience

We decided to propose this challenge to Istituto Europeo di Design, which is among the most respected in Italy, and perhaps in the world.

Paola Lago

Acqua di Parma Brand General Manager

it is a way to combine their view of the world with ours, creating something unique and extraordinary.

Working with young people is always very interesting,

Manuela Lavezzari

Lenovo Emea Marketing Director

We were amazed by the work, the freshness and the creativity of the students

Even historical and iconic brands, such as Tempo sometimes need to do some soul searching and understand that young people who have a completely different point of view can effectively bring great added value

Elisa Albanese

Tempo Marketing Manager

Each year we offer students numerous possibilities for study support and give companies and institutions the opportunity to make free donations and create scholarships to cover part or all of the tuition fees.
We also identify cultural events and competitions (national and international) to support through Sponsorship activities and cultural partnerships and seek partners and sponsors to support our initiatives.
Study support can also be provided through discounts reserved for students or technical sponsorships by providing materials for the courses.

What are the advantages for companies and institutions?

  • Associating your brand with initiatives for the support of young talents and training.
  • Possibility of accessing tax benefits in line with current legislation
  • Co-branding through communication actions dedicated to the partnership
  • Dissemination of your brand among the prospect and student community


All tailor-made courses are organised into modules that can be adapted to the needs of the applicant companies or institutions and the level of knowledge of the participants. Lectures, seminars, workshops and visits are the key elements of the training experience that can be activated and delivered at all our centres, in external locations and/or through e-learning.

What are the advantages for companies and institutions?

  • Promoting business innovation through a distinctive training experience that places "design thinking" at the centre of the teaching method and stimulates lateral thinking.
  • Integrating classroom training with specially designed e-learning modes for flexibility and cost savings
  • Entrust the training of your staff to an ISO 9001-certified and regionally accredited institution for vocational education and training services, continuing and qualifying training and specialisation.
  • Accessing the wealth of skills and know-how in the creative disciplines of the international IED network in a flexible manner


“We chose IED for its ability to implement an entirely personalised approach for each of our customers. In this way, each owner and each store in the Pharmacie d’Excellence circuit had the opportunity of taking advantage of ad hoc digital consultancy.”

 Filippo Manucci – Alès Groupe President of the Pharmacy and Drugstore Division

We send out profiles according to recruitment requirements, support companies in the selection of candidates, organise interviews and set up training internships.We organise annual Career Days, events at which students about to graduate are given a preview presentation to companies, and are involved in selection events involving project-based activities to test aptitudes and skills in the field.

What are the advantages for companies and professionals?

  • Receiving a selection of profiles hand-picked according to current search criteria.
  • Optimizing selection times
  • Conveying your corporate image to an audience of future professionals
  • Accessing to an audience of more than 120,000 creative IED graduates.



“The meeting with the IED students was very interesting. Seeing such motivation, creativity and aspiration in young people is always a pleasant surprise and an excellent sign for the future”.

Marianna Poletti, founder of Just Knock