Support Minnesota’s high school students who identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary to become the next generation of information technology talent

Minnesota State – IT Center of Excellence, along with our business and organization partners, seek financial sponsors,  job shadow providers, virtual mentors, and internship sites.  As well, many opportunities exist to offer year-round engagement opportunities to inspire, engage, and empower youth to pursue a computing/IT education and career path

Here’s your chance to show you support the next generation of IT talent that powers Minnesota’s vibrant computer/IT industry. Your generous support provides program participants year-round opportunities to develop skills through activities that include professional mentors,  job shadow and internship experiences. Many of the hundreds of MNAiC participants receive award recognition, access to paid internships, college scholarships and media recognition of their accomplishments.  All award honorees are provided numerous donated prizes. The next top-level awards ceremony is the evening of April 13, 2022 at Vadnais Heights Commons.

Becoming a sponsor: what’s in it for you?

You and your company will play a significant role in achieving a more balanced gender, racial, and ethnic IT talent pool.  Working with the IT Center and its many business and organization partners is the surest way to enlarge and enrich the IT talent pool in the state. Imagine the head-start this provides Minnesota’s brightest and passionate high school students to pursue an IT education and career … and then capitalize on the opportunity for your company to gain unparalleled access to technical and professional talent ready to make an immediate impact and difference

Become an Aspirations 2021-2022 Program Sponsor

Make your pledge, today!

To learn more or to pledge your sponsorship, please call or email  Russell Fraenkel, Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships, Minnesota State – IT Center of Excellence

(651) 253-9438

Highlight Vid: 2019 MNAiC Rising Star

Your support is essential. To make it easy to become engaged, we’ve established FIVE sponsorship levels:

ASPIRATIONS SPONSORSHIP LEVELS

Champion Partner ($10,000)

Business/organization promotion and engagement opportunities include:

  • Top priority for placement of summer paid internships for honorees (an excellent talent acquisition strategy!)
  • Opportunity to offer summer job shadow and/or virtual mentor experiences
  • Opportunity to receive additional brand equity by dedicating $4,000 of your overall contribution to complementary programs such as PowerUP IT,  SPARCS year-round events, and the Scholarship Fund
  • Dinner for twelve at the top-tier awards ceremony in April of each year, where your team will be seated with three award honorees and parent(s)
  • Full page advertisement in the April awards ceremony printed program
  • Exclusive participation in the top-level awards ceremony in April, and the Rising Star/Distinguished Honoree special events (if desired)
  • Business Representative(s) pose in photos with honorees
  • Business logo prominently displayed in honoree photos and in printed program
  • Exhibitors table at the April ceremony
  • Priority acknowledgement in pre and post awards event news releases and various social media channels
  • Opportunity for exclusive company acknowledgement, through a Strength in Numbers blog feature
  • Opportunity to serve as a media spokesperson

Pillar Partner ($5,000)

Business/organization promotion and engagement opportunities include:

  • Top priority for placement of summer paid internships for honorees, (an excellent talent acquisition strategy!)
  • Opportunity to offer summer job shadow and/or virtual mentor experiences
  • Opportunity to receive additional brand equity by dedicating $2,000 of your overall contribution to complementary programs such as PowerUP IT, SPARCS year-round events, and the Scholarship Fund
  • Includes dinner for eight at the top-tier awards ceremony in April of each year, where your team will be seated with two award honorees and parent(s)
  • Full page advertisement in the April awards ceremony printed program
  • Exclusive participation in the awards program
  • Awards event stage, table, and other on-site logo placement
  • Exhibitors table at the April ceremony
  • Priority acknowledgement in pre and post awards event news releases and various social media channels
  • Opportunity for exclusive company acknowledgement, through a Strength in Numbers blog feature
  • Priority mention in media coverage

Platinum Partner ($3,000)

Business/organization promotion and engagement opportunities include:

  • Opportunity to offer summer paid internships for honorees (an excellent talent acquisition strategy!)
  • Opportunity to offer summer job shadow and/or virtual mentor experiences
  • Opportunity to receive additional brand equity by dedicating $1,000 of your overall contribution to complementary programs such as PowerUP IT, SPARCS year-round events, and the Scholarship Fund
  • Includes dinner for six at the top-tier awards ceremony in April of each year, where your team will be seated with an award winner and parent(s)
  • Half-page advertisement in the April awards ceremony printed program
  • Participation in the awards program may occur
  • Awards event table and other on-site logo placement
  • Acknowledgement in pre and post awards event news releases and various social media channels

Gold Partner ($1,500)

Business/organization promotion and engagement opportunities include:

  • Opportunity to offer summer job shadow experiences, become a virtual mentor, and/or provide a summer paid internship for honorees (all are excellent talent acquisition strategies!)
  • Includes dinner for three at the top-tier awards ceremony in April of each year, where your team will be seated with an award honoree and parent(s)
  • Quarter-page advertisement in the April awards ceremony printed program
  • Awards event table and other on-site logo placement
  • Acknowledgement in the awards event program
  • Acknowledgement in pre and post awards event news releases and various social media channels

Silver Partner ($500)

Business/organization promotion and engagement opportunities include:

  • Opportunity to offer a summer job shadow experience or become a virtual mentor (excellent talent acquisition strategies!)
  • Includes dinner for two at the top-tier awards ceremony in April of each year, where your team may be seated with an award honoree and parent(s)
  • Awards event table and other on-site logo placement
  • Acknowledgement in the awards event program
  • Acknowledgement in pre and post awards event news releases and social media channels

Become an Aspirations in Computing Award Sponsor today!

Show your support, and make your financial pledge.  Donate prizes, and offer in-kind event support. 

To make your partnership pledge, please call or email  Russell Fraenkel, Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships, Minnesota State – IT Center of Excellence

(651) 253-9438

EMAIL RUSSELL FRAENKEL