As a foundation, “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” partners with the university programs that service our market and the “Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with Industry Challenge” is the vehicle we utilize to provide these programs with access to our industry events, transportation, accommodation, a sponsored space at the trade event, days of mentoring at market by trade professionals, advertising, and funding to attend the High Point Market in April and October.
The class is then given a sponsored space at the High Point Market in “The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” to showcase their creations to the estimated one hundred fifty thousand retailers, interior designers, suppliers, manufacturers, service providers, media, and trade professionals attending the annual market. The student displays include a 20” x 30” product board, ¼” scale model and 42” tall pedestal for each of the student models. Students interact and network with trade professionals, gather feedback on their designs, and are exposed to the real world of design, manufacturing, sales, and distribution in the home furnishings industry. Trade Professionals vote on the marketability of the student designs with the winner awarded a cash prize and the opportunity for that student’s design to be put into production by Groovystuff with the possibility of lifetime royalties.
“The University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation” supports the home furnishings market, the educational programs, and the future graduates who will directly contribute to our industry by providing product innovation; access to cutting edge technology for manufacturing; research; trends; and market statistics that ensure the global competitiveness of US suppliers of residential home furnishings.