Horn Entrepreneurship

The Diamond Challenge was created through Horn Entrepreneurship, a cornerstone for entrepreneurial activity based at the University of Delaware. Because of the generous contributions made by Paul and Linda McConnell, we are able to provide high school students around the world with opportunities to experience entrepreneurship first hand. We empower students in high school and beyond through entrepreneurial education and enrichment opportunities in order for students to create, capture, and deliver value from new ideas, regardless of their future career path. To learn more about how Horn can help you in your journey, click here.

The team

Dan Freeman

Director, Horn Entrepreneurship

Julie Frieswyk

Manager, Youth Programs

Rachel Strauss

Program Coordinator, The Diamond Challenge 

Linda You

Program Assistant, The Diamond Challenge 

Chuck Liddiard

West Coast Youth Entrepreneurship Coordinator, The Diamond Challenge 

Meet your 2018 Student Ambassadors!

Amiran Aptsiauri

International Student Advisory Board

Tbilisi, Georgia

“Create your future from today.”

Ashley Phuong

International Student Advisory Board

San Jose, California

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Divya Pinnaka

International Student Advisory Board

Memphis, Tennessee

“I believe entrepreneurship education is a must in the 21st century. Being an ambassador is one way I can contribute to this movement of young entrepreneurs. The Diamond Challenge has allowed me to explore and apply myself outside the classroom. I feel capable of making a real change in this world after exposure to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education.”

Giorgi Shelegia

International Student Advisory Board

Tbilisi, Georgia

“The Diamond Challenge is a great opportunity to challenge yourself.The Diamond Challenge changed my life for the better and now i’m here to make sure it does the same for others. “

Levan Jaliashvili

International Student Advisory Board

Rustavi, Georgia

“If everyone ever asks me, “What’s main success in your life?”, I would answer – “The Diamond Challenge”, without any doubt. This program gave me the best experience, knowledge, friends from all over the world and really helped me to find my future profession.”

Lucy Liu

International Student Advisory Board

Irvine, California

“Being a DC Ambassador, I really hope to be part of the inner-workings behind the competition that changed my high school entrepreneurship experience and bring this experience to high school students who want to pursue what entrepreneurship really is, rather than simply admiring those who are successful.”

Max Mindich

International Student Advisory Board

Greenwich, Connecticut

“The Diamond Challenge has provided a vehicle to express my entrepreneurial passions, ideas, and pursuits.”

Mikayla Purnell

International Student Advisory Board

Newark, Delaware

“I am so proud to participate in a program that uplifts people my age to do what we’ve always been told we’re too young to accomplish! Your age has no bearing on your fitness to follow your dreams, so less waiting and more innovating!”

Minyi Jiang

International Student Advisory Board

Tacoma, Washington

“The Diamond Challenge has pushed me toward my passion for entrepreneurship and communication. I have gained so much good experience from my participation in the last event. It is a great opportunity that every young person should absolutely try and make a change!”

Miracle Olatunji

International Student Advisory Board

New Castle, Delaware

“My participation in the Diamond Challenge and summit has strengthened my leadership skills. Youth entrepreneurship education and promotion is especially important to our fast-paced, ever-changing world where youth are the next generation. Furthermore, through my participation in this program, I’ve learned that entrepreneurial thinking can be applied to many, if not all, aspects of life and the skills I’ve learned through participating in this program will stick with me for a lifetime.”

Mikayla Purnell

International Student Advisory Board

Newark, Delaware

“I am so proud to participate in a program that uplifts people my age to do what we’ve always been told we’re too young to accomplish! Your age has no bearing on your fitness to follow your dreams, so less waiting and more innovating!”

Minyi Jiang

International Student Advisory Board

Tacoma, Washington

“The Diamond Challenge has pushed me toward my passion for entrepreneurship and communication. I have gained so much good experience from my participation in the last event. It is a great opportunity that every young person should absolutely try and make a change!”

Sierra RyanWallick

International Student Advisory Board

Landenberg, Pennsylvania

“The Diamond Challenge and summit were a life-changing experience for me because it showed me that my main passion in life is social entrepreneurship.  Winning 3rd Place in the Social Venture track validated my ideas, and I met many supportive and inspiring people during my Diamond Challenge journey that have encouraged me to follow my passion. My main goal in life is to positively impact as many lives as possible and change the world for the better.  The Diamond Challenge has set me on a track to accomplish my life goal, and I am very thankful for the opportunities this experience has given me!”

Sravya Basvapatri

International Student Advisory Board

Exton, Pennsylvania

“I find that being in an environment surrounded by students just as ambitious as I am motivates me and inspires me to achieve at higher levels. That is exactly the experience I found with the Diamond Challenge. I would like to empower other students who are bubbling with ideas to discover similar experiences. I would like to help encourage others to put their own ideas into action.”

Vignesh Sivaprakasam

International Student Advisory Board

Dublin, California

“It is my goal to spread entrepreneurial awareness one step at a time.”

Vivian Cai

International Student Advisory Board

San Diego, California

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”

Yash Kshirsagar

International Student Advisory Board

Pune, India

“The Diamond Challenge was a life-changing experience. It gave me the motivation I needed to take initiative and achieve my potential. This kind of exposure, especially for us as teenagers, is very rare to come by. I want more young entrepreneurs to get the kind of learning opportunities and inspiration that I did. The Diamond Challenge is a golden opportunity. Don’t miss it!”

Yousef Sheikh

International Student Advisory Board

Middletown, Delaware

“Not only has the Diamond Challenge given me a base to start my own companies, but it has allowed me to make invaluble connections in multiple industries.”

Why We Do What We Do

The Paul & Linda McConnell Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative

was launched in 2014 to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers and includes the Diamond Challenge, our annual summit, dual enrollment opportunities, and educator training programs.

Youth offerings are based on the emerging science of entrepreneurship – a combination of academic research as well as real-world and industry best practices – Since 2012, over 4,000 young people have participated in our youth programs. You can learn more about the initiative by visiting the Horn website.

Unique Impact

Evidence-based entrepreneurship

Learning to be entrepreneurial

Real-world engagement

MORE than starting small businesses

Pathways to higher education

Connecting with like-minded peers

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