The Diamond Challenge

2018 Competition Begins









The Diamond Challenge provides students from around the world the opportunity to pursue their passions through entrepreneurship.


Participants are able to put their ideas in to action by utilizing the online Diamond Challenge video curriculum.


Participants have the opportunity to gain new perspectives and grow their network by interacting with students from around the world.


All students will repeat the entrepreneurial process and get one step closer to changing the world.

What is the Diamond Challenge?

An innovative entrepreneurship concept competition for high school students offering $100,000 in rewards

The Diamond Challenge provides a unique opportunity for teens to learn about entrepreneurship while putting their ideas into action. While many entrepreneurship programs focus on principles of small business management, the Diamond Challenge focuses on unleashing creativity, encouraging a mindset of abundance and self-determination, and promoting purposeful entrepreneurial action.

Created by the University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship in 2012, the Diamond Challenge is backed by serious academic grounding in state-of-the-art entrepreneurship education methodologies.

September 1
January 5
January 12 – January 29
February 3 – March 17
April 11-13

Diamond Challenge Submissions Open

Register your team and find an advisor!

Diamond Challenge Submissions Close

Submit your written concept & slide deck!

Diamond Challenge Judging Window

Online Diamond Challenge judges will review participant submissions and determine who moves on to virtual and live pitching.

Live and Virtual Pitching

Students pitch live at pitch sites around the world or record their video pitches and submit them online for review.

Diamond Challenge Youth Entrepreneurship Summit

Semifinalist and finalist teams pitch live at the University of Delaware, while students and educators from all around the world come together to engage in entrepreneurship through mentoring sessions, workshops, speakers, panels, and more.


All semifinalist teams will receive cash prize awards and an invitation to travel to the University of Delaware to compete in the semifinal round. Top prizes include additional funding that may be used to support the team’s venture or serve as a scholarship for higher education.

Top Prize Awards


1st Place

A package worth over $11,000 in prizes, including semifinalist award and any travel support awarded


2nd Place

A package worth over $7,000 in prizes, including semifinalist award and any travel support awarded


3rd Place

A package worth over $3,500 in prizes, including semifinalist award and any travel support awarded

U.S. Pitch Locations

  • Arnold, Maryland
  • Dover, Delaware
  • Danville, California
  • Irvine, California
  • Newark, Delaware
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • San Jose, California
  • Wilmington, Delaware

International Pitch Locations

  • Armenia
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Korea
  • Liberia
  • Moldova
  • Pakistan
  • Spain
  • Ukraine


“My Diamond Challenge experience has transformed me as a student, an entrepreneur, and a person. I have learned so much and met so many people who continue to inspire me long after.”