• College and University Partners

    Combine marketing, communications, recruiting and academic resources to sponsor our contests and help fund education programs for your future students, and derive tremendous business benefits by doing so:

    • Connect with hundreds of thousands of teens (and their parents!) in the communities you serve, both online and at the live championships
    • Earn tremendous media attention
    • Enhance your institution's image by supporting public secondary education
    • Discover and recruit exceptional candidates
    • Provide highly rewarding and impactful student enrichment opportunities 

    Marketing, PR, Community Relations

    Relevance, Authenticity, Competitive differentiation

    • Access our audience of teens (and their parents!) during the three weeks of online voting and directly at the live event 
    • Enhance your institution’s image as a civic leader by investing in public education and supporting participating schools in the communities you serve
    • Gain access to our IP for your own marketing, PR and internal and external communications before, during and well beyond the championship
    • Attach your brand to something teens and parents care about, education! “Ninety percent (89%) of consumers would switch brands to one associated with a social cause.” (Cone Communications CSR Study 2017)
    • See many more benefits here: marketing and CSR 

    Recruiting and Admissions

    Highly targeted, efficient and effective

    • Interact directly with teens and parents in the college fair component of our live statewide championship events
    • Discover exceptionally talented teens via our Teen Talent RegistryTM; identify and evaluate candidates right from your desktop
    • Access our database of teen and adult voters and contestants that opt-in to partner/sponsor communications
    • Promote your institution’s support of The Verge Awards® and the real-life learning opportunities your students can enjoy

    Academic Departments

    Enrich the learning experience for your undergraduate and graduate students and enable them to achieve tremendous social impact.

    • Build a cross-functional internship and service learning program assembling faculty and students in marketing, PR, new media, graphic design, web design, video/television production, documentary film making, performing arts, event production, photography and more
    • Offer volunteer opportunities as judges, mentors, live event staff, market researchers 
    • Encourage graduate students and faculty to volunteer as judges
    • Adopt local high schools and help conduct talent shows, help students prepare entries, provide access to campus resources, conduct local marketing/PR campaigns to rally votes and help write articles for local news and social media
  • Ways to Participate

    From a simple event listing to college fairs at live state championships to full "presenting" partnership, every institution can be part of this uplifting celebration of teen talent!

    Full Statewide Partnership (Presenting, Official College, or Supporting)

    • Statewide, regional or nationwide reach (at full scale)
    • May offer scholarships as special prizes for custom criteria
    • Earn tremendous media attention
    • Multi-month, active engagement with teens and their parents starting with online preliminary rounds and in person at live championships
    • Includes website recognition, may include social media mentions
    • Includes live state championship event recognition and activation (college fair, value added services, workshops, etc.)
    • Includes contestant database subscription
    • Includes faculty engagement opportunities - judges, teachers, mentors
    • Includes access to our content for your own marketing, community relations and recruiting purposes
    • May promote via PR, online, via social media, in direct mail, at college fairs/school visits, etc.
    • Includes academic opportunities - service learning, internships, volunteering - in business, media, marketing, arts, education
    • May partner with high schools (mentors, equipment, space, webinars, etc.) and communities (e.g. host practice sessions, rallies!)

    If interested in joining us, please contact Linda Neaton at 203.449.5044 or lneaton@thevergeawards.com to discuss your specific objectives!

     

  • Coming Soon - The Teen Talent Registry!

    WE BRING THE TEENS TO YOU! We're building this goldmine of talent by hosting The Verge Awards nationwide HS talent contests, starting in CT, then expanding nationwide. AND, students can create profiles for free whether they participate in contests or not! Although we cannot guarantee it, we anticipate hundreds of thousands of participants at full scale! This service will be subscription-based, but for our partners/advertisers in our CT launch, the first year is free! Please sign up below if you would like to register for our beta trial.