Innovation DuPage member Gray Matters Games and students in COD’s Graphic Design program worked together on the design of the Word Wipeout! board game, which recently made its debut. It is a unique partnership that gave students hands-on experience at a local company that has grown its board game business thanks to Innovation DuPage, the business incubator and accelerator co-founded by COD.
Students in the Graphic Design program worked with Joe Barron, co-founder and head of game design at Gray Matters Games, to develop and design the family game. Word Wipeout! can be found at 600 Barnes and Noble Bookstores nationwide as this year’s featured holiday game and has been nominated as game of the year by the TAGIE Awards, which annually honors innovators, designers and marketers in the toy and game industry.
Innovation DuPage is a business incubator, accelerator and training facility that unites startup founders and small-business owners with the people and resources necessary to help them grow. Since its launch in 2019, the nonprofit venture has formed nearly 50 partnerships with organizations in academia, government, industry and two Department of Energy national laboratories; incubated 70 companies; and conducted five, three-month accelerator cohorts graduating 62 companies.
College of DuPage is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Serving approximately 22,000 students each term, College of DuPage is the largest public community college in the state of Illinois. The College grants seven associate degrees and offers more than 170 career and technical certificates in over 50 areas of study.