About the Diamond Challenge

The Diamond Challenge was created in 2012 with a twofold purpose: (1) to expose high school students to entrepreneurship as a viable career path, and (2) to provide high school students with an outstanding opportunity to learn about the entrepreneurial process while attempting to put their ideas for new businesses into action. Since its launch, almost 2,000 students from around the world have participated in the Diamond Challenge.

How it Works

Participants work in teams of 2-4 to recognize an opportunity, conceive of a new model for a business or social venture for pursuing the opportunity, and validate the model by “building a venture like a scientist.” A state-of-the-art curriculum focused on how to practice evidence-based entrepreneurship guides these activities and also offers advice for preparing the competition’s two deliverables: a written concept and a pitch.

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UDaily | 02/15/2017
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UDaily | 12/16/2016
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UDaily | 12/01/2016
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Udaily | 4/8/2016
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Technical.ly | 4/6/2016
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Udaily | 3/24/2016
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Udaily | 2/25/2016
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Udaily | 2/11/2016
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Technical.ly | 10/15/2015
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Delaware Online | 9/18/2015
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Udaily | 9/16/2015
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Technical.ly | 9/15/2015
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Technical.ly | 8/20/2015
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Udaily | 8/17/2015
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Technical.ly | 6/5/2015
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The News Journal/Delaware Online | 5/11/2015
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Life in the Fashion Lane | 5/7/2015
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Technical.ly | 5/5/2015
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Delaware Business Times | 11/17/2014
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