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Avnet Innovation Lab at ASU Fulton Schools of Engineering

Avnet employees share a commitment to making a difference in the communities where we live, work and play.

Understanding the power of working together, we partner with suppliers, customers and vendors to maximize our impact in the community. We also back up that commitment with financial support by investing in programs and projects in our communities targeted at improving technology education, promoting energy conservation and helping underserved groups gain skills and obtain employment opportunities.

That sense of responsibility spreads throughout the company. Our employee-led volunteer initiative, Avnet Cares, supports employees who are making a difference through hands-on and skills-based volunteerism. We support their efforts around the world.

A full summary of our partnerships, sponsorships and Avnet Cares activities can be found in our annual giving report.​

Avnet employee volunteer making a difference in their communities ​​

Avnet's community support activities are proactively initiated by our employees and are not a result of unsolicited proposals. We do not encourage unsolicited proposals, as Avnet’s general giving policy does not support these types of donation requests. If you have any questions, please send an email to Community Relations.

Supporting our communities

Our financial giving centers on three key areas:

  • ​Delivering technology education beginning in middle schools
  • Promoting employment opportunities for underserved groups
  • Encouraging energy conservation
Each year, we develop a plan to fund and support specific organizations and events aligned with these focus areas. Proposals are brought forth by our employees, business leaders and head of community relations and approved by our chief Human Resources officer and chief financial officer.
 

We've given millions of dollars in recent years to programs that support children's health and education needs, provide IT components for qualifying nonprofits, and address basic health and human services issues in our communities.

Investment in our communities

Our employees are involved in the communities where we do business—all over the world. We encourage partnerships with our suppliers, customers and vendors, recognizing that we can do greater work together. We support our employees’ volunteerism through paid time off and financial support. And finally, Avnet sponsors events, programs and projects in our communities that are aligned to our key focus areas.

Avnet's community support activities are proactively initiated by our employees and are not a result of unsolicited proposals. We do not encourage unsolicited proposals, as Avnet’s general giving policy does not support these types of donation requests. If you have any questions, please send an email to Community Relations.

 

Applications are now being accepted for the next Avnet Innovation Lab which opens February 2017. Applications will be accepted through December 7, 2016​ so don’t delay.

Innovation starts with a spark: an idea, a solution, a new way of thinking, of doing. Today's makers will become tomorrow's titans of tech. They will need to hone their skills to conquer new markets, drive demand and build a supply chain to fulfill it all. That's where we come in.

Avnet, in partnership with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU), introduces the Avnet Innovation Lab. This tech start-up "accelerator" provides participants with funding, critical business consultation and access to dedicated working space in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering building on the ASU Tempe, Ariz. campus to help bring ideas to fruition. Participants also gain one-on-one access to the brightest minds in technology distribution, supply chain management and next-generation technologies during a 12-18 month program.

Interested?

Learn more about the Avnet Innovation Lab experience directly from current participants.

Questions? Contact Community.Relations@Avnet.com

Meet the Avnet Innovation Lab advisory council:

  • Dave Bent, vice president of IT, Avnet, Inc.
  • Kris Burgoon, vice president of marketing, Avnet Electronics Marketing
  • Julie Jones, vice president, supplier marketing, Avnet Technology Solutions
  • Wade McDaniel, vice president of supply chain solutions, Avnet Velocity
  • Dr. Kyle Squires, dean, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • Cody Friesen, professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and CEO of Zero Mass Water

 

Giving back

Avnet’s Giving in FY15

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Interns give back

Avnet's summer interns brought a new level of excitement to our annual back to school drive.