What is IDIR?
The Inclusion and Diversity Innovation Roundtable (IDIR) is a collaborative forum dedicated to driving the adoption of cutting-edge diversity, equity and inclusion solutions across the employer ecosystem. Through our streamlined and efficient innovation intake and evaluation process, we bring together DE&I startups and our members—key decision makers at Fortune 500 companies—to explore partnership opportunities, accelerate innovation, and amplify diverse voices and solutions in business to help employees and companies thrive.
Interested in pitching your solution at our Spring Roundtable? It's free to apply!
"The Balloon team was thrilled to be part of the inaugural IDIR cohort. As an early stage company, there is nothing more valuable than getting in front of potential customers, so that you can hear how your solution is received and accelerate the path to pilot and rollout. The prep and communication from the IR team was stellar, including the coaching calls. We are thrilled with the matches, and look forward to bringing Balloon to more innovative companies."
- Balloon, Fall 2021
The Inclusion and Diversity Innovation Roundtable represents an inaugural class of the nation’s most innovative DE&I leaders from F500 companies. Our first Roundtable, in Fall 2021, had a 100% match rate - meaning every company that pitched received at least one match. Submit your application to be considered for our Spring 2023 Roundtable.
Executive level engagement in our innovation process and participation in our Spring & Fall Roundtables
Commitment explore at least one new solution each year through our matchmaking process
Willingness to share results and learn from recent implementations with the group
How it Works
The first step in the process is to carefully vet and curate a list of innovative solutions that meet our IDIR Member priorities. To do this, we solicit “innovator” submissions twice per year in anticipation of our Fall and Spring Roundtables. Incoming innovators are invited to share key details related to their solution, stage and ability to deploy to an IDIR Member.
IDIR Members are organized into specific Cohorts. These carefully crafted peer groups meet twice per year (Spring and Fall) to collaborate and hear from voted-in innovators in a “shark-tank” style presentation format.
Matchmaking is a key part of the IDIR process. A “match” is a member-initiated relationship with an innovator. It is an invitation to continue the conversation about how a specific solution could fit with a specific employer. Following a match request, the IDIR team will send a warm introduction connecting leadership on both sides.
IDIR Members share learnings, reference checks, and questions to accelerate high value emerging solutions.
"What an amazing time meeting the innovators at IDIR. The questions and conversation was great and it was clear why this group represents the change makers in our industry."
- Spring 2022 IDIR Roundtable