Numerous companies and organizations generously support the Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Challenge.

Corporate & Government Partners
Challenge Partners
Champion Partners


Challenge Partners

Each year, we have one official partner for each Spirit of Innovation Challenge category to provide expert mentors, judges for submissions and opportunities for students, such as speaking at national conferences, internships and career opportunities.

Aerospace & Aviation

AIAA’s mission is to address the professional needs and interests of the past, current, and future aerospace workforce and to advance the state of aerospace science, engineering, technology, operations, and policy to benefit our global society.

The mission of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is to promote the development of commercial human spaceflight, pursue ever-higher levels of safety, and share best practices and expertise throughout the industry. The Commercial Spaceflight Federation’s member companies, which include commercial spaceflight developers, operators, spaceports, suppliers, and service providers, are creating thousands of high-tech jobs nationwide, working to preserve American leadership in aerospace through technology innovation, and inspiring young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. For more information please visit

Cybertechnology & Security 


The Information Systems Security Association Northern Virginia Chapter (ISSA-NOVA), chartered by ISSA International in August 2002, represents one of the fastest-growing technology corridors in the nation.  ISSA is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners.  It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of its members.  The primary goal of the ISSA is to promote management practices that will ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information resources across all industries.

The ISSA-NOVA chapter is recognized as the world’s largest ISSA chapter with approximately 500 active members.  ISSA-NOVA’s chapter headquarters are in Reston, Virginia, with membership open to Information Security (IS) professionals in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. 

Energy & Environment


Sigma Xi is the international  honor society of research scientists and engineers with 60,000 members in 100 countries, including more than 200 Nobel Laureates.  Since 1886, the Society has been unique in promoting a spirit of cooperation among researchers in every field of science and technology.  The Society's mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition.

Health & NutritionASN

ASN advances excellence in nutrition research and practice through its publications, education, public affairs, and membership programs.