PARTNER COMPANIES create design thinking challenges for teams of four high-achieving students to solve. Leveraging knowledge gleaned from customers, company thought leaders, industry specific research, classroom instruction, and workshops by local business leaders, students deliver actionable insights and solutions in a final presentation. Design Thinking Challenge partners are respectfully asked to make a financial donation to the Powell Economic Education Foundation.

For-Profit and Non-Profit organizations are invited to join the Institute as either a partner company, sponsoring company or both. If interested, please contact Trina Clemans at trina_clemans@collegiate-va.org or complete the online interest form.

ChildSavers_logo_Transparent_MediumDesign a representation of early care providers needs based on their geographic location as well as statements for ChildSaver leadership that informs ChildSavers’ advocacy platform.

Dominion EnergyRedesign the Dominion Energy EnergyShare client screening process for Intake Agency Caseworkers. EnergyShare is Dominion Energy’s year-round energy assistance program.

eab_royall-lock-up.jpgDesign a workplace culture for young professionals that inspires excellence in business performance and community building. Consider how that workplace culture will integrate corporate initiatives in diversity , wellness, creative media and community.

IM_logo_RD4_1_bea335buildDesign a paid summer internship program for college sophomores, juniors, and senior students tailored to meet Impact Maker’s mission – Impact Makers is driven to create meaningful change for our clients, our community partners, and themselves.

Squirrels LogoRedesign the structure of the client – partner relationship for sales partners – companies, organizations, or individuals – of the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

StartUp VirginiaDesign a simple, easily accessible, instantly editable and robust resource guide that encapsulates Richmond’s entrepreneurship ecosystem for ideators, company founders and parties interested in the ecosystem.

VMGARedesign the VMFA museum experience for visitors who use mobile devices in the permanent collection galleries.