February 8, 2016

Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs LogoFebruary 8, 2016- NEWARK, DE – More than 1000 high school students from around the globe are working together in teams to conceive and pitch ideas for new business concepts and social ventures as participants in the 2016 Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs. The Challenge is a signature part of the Paul and Linda McConnell Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative led by the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware.


“We are thrilled to reach such a broad and diverse community of high school students through the Diamond Challenge platform,” said Julie Frieswyk, manager of youth programs for UD’s Horn Program. “We’re deeply committed to providing young people around the world access to empowering educational programs and experiences that will unleash their creativity, encourage innovative thinking and inspire students to put their talents and dreams into action to create value for themselves and others.”


“The Diamond Challenge dares students to think creatively, collaborate effectively and work persistently to create a product that will change the world,” said John Downey, a senior at CBA high school in Lincroft, New Jersey. “The access to great mentors is also an incredibly useful tool for students looking to fine-tune a proposal or ask for an educated opinion.”

About the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs

  • The Diamond Challenge empowers high students around the globe by teaching them how to generate ideas to solve real problems for customers and beneficiaries and put their ideas into action.
  • Student entrepreneurs choose to compete in either the Business Concept or the Social Venture competition.
  • Participation in The Diamond Challenge is free for all high school students.
  • Students submit written concept and pitch their new venture ideas at live events around the world or via video.
  • Entrepreneurs and business leaders evaluate business concepts based on feasibility and growth potential; social ventures are also evaluated based on social impact.
  • Semi-finalist teams compete at the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship’s Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES!) at the University of Delaware on April 15, 2016.
  • Final competition will be webcast globally on April 15, 2016.
  • $50,000 in cash awards will be awarded to Diamond Challenge finalists and semi-finalists.
  • Cash awards may be applied towards tuition at any higher education colleges or universities, or towards advancing students’ business ideas or social ventures.

The University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship ignites imaginations and empowers world changers through entrepreneurial education. Offerings emphasize experiential learning, evidence-based entrepreneurship and active engagement with entrepreneurs, business leaders and members of the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem. Participation in Horn Program courses and co-curricular activities provides students with the knowledge, skills, connections and access to resources needed to successfully manifest innovation and thrive in a rapidly changing world.


Media Contact:

Julie Frieswyk

[email protected]

132 E. Delaware Ave, Suite 100

Newark, DE 19711

Phone: 302-831-1527

Twitter @hornprogram @diamondchalleng