Several aspects of the Diamond Challenge differentiate it from other youth entrepreneurship competitions and programs.
Empowering World Changers
The Diamond Challenge provides an age-appropriate introduction to state-of-the-art best practices for entrepreneurship, which focus on the use of evidence-based and lean startup methods.
Learning to be entrepreneurial
The Diamond Challenge curriculum focuses on developing an entrepreneurial mindset and helping students to gain firsthand experience with the entrepreneurial process to empower them to be entrepreneurial in whatever careers they may choose. Successful ventures are great, but empowerment through experiential learning is the primary goal.
Participants have the opportunity to connect with mentors to benefit from their experiences. They are encouraged to interview real prospective customers to gather evidence. And they receive feedback on their submissions from practicing entrepreneurs, business professionals and community leaders.
MORE than starting small businesses
Entrepreneurship is the process of creating, delivering and capturing value from new ideas. The Diamond Challenge’s Venturing for Good curriculum highlights the relevance of entrepreneurship to the development of sustainable solutions to important societal and environmental problems. MORE than starting small businesses. Entrepreneurship is the process of creating, delivering and capturing value from new ideas.
Pathways to higher education
The Diamond Challenge is produced by the University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship and offers supplemental opportunities for earning college credit. It also awards prize money to top teams that can be used to pursue further education at ANY college or university.
Connecting with like-minded peers
Final rounds of the Diamond Challenge competitions are hosted during a 2-day Youth Entrepreneurship Summit to facilitate the formation of lasting connections with like-minded peers from around the world.