• Fully Customizable Sponsorships Based On

    1. Geographic Reach

    Stay local with recognition on school-specific landing pages to county or statewide coverage; expand to northeast, southern, mid-west or western regions of the country; or ride the excitement all the way to nationals!

    2. Interests

    The beauty of hosting dozens of contests across a wide variety of passion points is that our partners will benefit from cross promotion. Fans may come to the site to vote for their favorite singers, but they'll see that we may also have art, fashion design and spoken word contests at the same time!

     

    If you have a very specific service or product (e.g. ballet shoes, vocal lessons, acrylic paint supplies or clarinet reeds) for a niche audience, by all means, sponsor specific contest categories. Otherwise, keep in mind that the broader the variety of contests you sponsor, the broader the reach. In other words, it's not just computer programmers that use computers!

    3. Online or Live Format

    Online preliminary rounds – attach your brand to the viral sharing of contestant entries, school promotions, local rallies, earned media, etc.

     

    Live, day-long events (55 each year!)

    Interact with our captive audience through onsite promotion and audience engagement, market research and more; sell products in our pop-up mall; incorporate live event footage into social media, extend memories through online storytelling with video footage, PR, etc.

  • 4. Value Added Content and Services

    So many ideas, so many ways to earn brand love! And if you bring in celebrity partners to add value to their experience? You'll be seen as THE brand that made it all possible!

    1. Entertaining content

    The Verge Awards® will be packaging UGC and creating additional custom content meant to entertain teens and adults - you can get in on the excitement and the conversation!

    2. Educational content

    We'll host 75 contests per year at full scale, each requiring a level of expertise that must be learned; you can sponsor that invaluable learning experience. Or imagine celebrities sharing their stories of practice and determination. Or provide a service like a series on career choices, or how to audition for college scholarships.

    3. Inspirational content

    Can you imagine the stories of triumph that we'll uncover? The heartwarming stories of the student that taught himself how to play the saxophone by watching You Tube videos, or who happened to be on stage at the right time and earned a college scholarship, or the teacher that never gave up on the poet who struggled to read and write because of dyslexia... memorable stories, with your brand attached.

    4. Social Networking events and services

    The Verge Awards® website will be the social destination for teens everywhere. We'll provide safe/monitored opportunities for students to connect with those who share the same passions - such as aspiring fashion designers or ballet dancers - via interest-based discussion groups and live hangouts. Sponsor these hangouts, and even bring in special guests for an unforgettable (branded) experience!

  • Multiple Ways to Invest:

    1. Marketing, CSR dollars and/or in-kind assets or expertise

    Financial options include:

    • Sponsor contests based on geography, contest topic, and/or online vs. live event
    • Small and Medium Sized Businesses can join local Verge Villages!
    • Sponsor (and produce your own) custom value added content
    • Purchase ad space online, in our newsletters and at live events

    Leverage your financial investment with in-kind investments including:

    • Products, services and life-changing experiences as prizes for winning teens or schools
    • Budget-relieving live event production and venues, video or television production, celebrity fees, etc.
    • Media buys, local marketing expertise, PR, printing/postage, etc.
    • High-value products or services as prizes in live event fundraising activities and/or online sweepstakes

     

    2. Charitable dollars, engage employees

    Our 501c3 Verge Fund™ for Education will grow through charitable giving, employee match programs, charity check-out campaigns and other fundraising proceeds; funds will be distributed to winning schools and as need-based grants to schools and community organizations.

    And then, why not "Adopt a School" and

    • Provide necessary equipment and supplies for contestants to create entries (e.g. video gear, robotics kits, paint supplies, sound recording, fashion design software, etc.)
    • Help them finance a talent show
    • Engage talent-based employee volunteers (and ideally PTO and space!) to mentor contestants, hold classroom training, hire/host teaching artists, host hackathons at your facility or in partnership with a local youth organization, conduct webinars
    • Go all out with employee pep squads for school rallies and the live event and cheer wildly (for all finalists!)
    • Conduct fundraisers that benefit that school and The Verge Fund 50/50!

     

    3. Enable your customers to help build The Verge Fund for Education

    $1 at a time!

    Here are a few examples:

    • “Round up for Education” or “Give a Buck” during onsite or online check out
    • Conduct cause marketing promotions
    • Conduct a fundraiser with customers, employees, in partnership with brand ambassadors
  • Want in on the Excitement?

    Give us a call or send a quick note and we'll be happy to talk through the many opportunities for partnership.

    We look forward to working with you! Linda Neaton, Founder - 203.449.5044