Our History

Ignited was founded in 1985 by 13 Silicon Valley CEOs and UC Berkeley to focus on teachers and their critical role in improving STEM education. Originally named Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME), the founding team created teacher experiences to transform how they see companies, understand STEM in the workplace and teach these critical skills.

Over more than three decades, that initial mission continues.

Ignited provides professional development opportunities for teachers, company employees, and university researchers. Teams work together on real projects. Companies get the benefit of unique development experiences for their top talent, key teams and overall employee base. University researchers help grow the next generation of STEM talent. And, teachers work on summer projects at companies and universities to build a greater understanding of core skills and cool technologies.

Our Mission

Ignited delivers development with a difference.

We work with companies, universities and K-16 schools to: