The Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs
A real world venture concept competition offering more than $50,000 in prize awards for high school students.
Join us for YES! 2016
The Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES!) is a unique full-day conference for youth centered on innovation and entrepreneurship. YES! features interactive workshops, engaging speakers, networking opportunities, and the final round of the Diamond Challenge. This year, the pitch competition and a number of signature workshops will be streamed in a live webcast! You can also join us for the live event.
Why Diamond Challenge?
The University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship created the Diamond Challenge to provide high school students and young entrepreneurs from around the world with an outstanding opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship while putting their ideas into action. Participants in the Diamond Challenge gain valuable first-hand experience with:
Conceiving an idea for a new business or social venture
Testing the idea by talking to potential customers and gathering evidence to validate the viability of their business or social impact model
Pitching their idea by submitting a written concept and presenting to a panel of judges
Participants also benefit from:
Innovative Video-Based Lessons focused on how to develop ideas, put them into action, and build businesses and social ventures like a scientist
Mentors and Team Advisors who provide valuable feedback while participants maintain responsibility for final decision-making
Opportunities to earn college credit, interact with other student entrepreneurs from around the world and win funding awards to support their business, social venture or education
Competition Tracks & Curriculum
The Diamond Challenge offers two competition tracks:
Business Concept This competition focuses on the development of new, for-profit business models.
Social Venture This competition focuses on the development of new, social impact models that may include revenue-generating nonprofit organizations and mission-driven, for-profit ventures.
Both competitions are supported by an innovative, video-based curriculum and both offer the opportunity for young entrepreneurs to win substantial prize awards.
Partner organizations around the world host pitch events as part of the Diamond Challenge’s Business Concept Competition. They also provide additional opportunities for participating students.