Empowering Tomorrow’s Innovators

The Ultimate High School Entrepreneurship Challenge

The Diamond Challenge invites high school students worldwide to showcase their groundbreaking innovations, offering mentorship, resources, and a prize pool of $100,000.


The Heart of Diamond Challenge

Dive into the Diamond Challenge: a pioneering entrepreneurship contest with $100,000 up for grabs to amplify student innovations. Unlike many programs centered on basic business management, ours emphasizes creativity, abundant thinking, and purpose-driven action. Founded in 2012 by the University of Delaware’s Horn Entrepreneurship, our foundation is rooted in cutting-edge entrepreneurial education.


Changing the World, One Challenge at a Time

Established in 2012, the Diamond Challenge has evolved into an entrepreneurial celebration spanning the globe, cultivating a rich tapestry of young innovators and their groundbreaking ideas.

70 Countries & Counting

10,000+ Proud Alumni

Collaboration Spanning 60 Organizations


Diamond Challenge Prizes

At the heart of the Diamond Challenge lies the opportunity for groundbreaking innovation. We proudly offer both monetary incentives and specialized topical awards to spotlight and elevate the brilliance of young entrepreneurs.

Monetary Prizes

Fuel for Your Vision

Dreams require dedication, hard work, and resources. Our monetary prizes are tailored to provide the financial boost you need to advance your entrepreneurial journey.


Specialized Recognition

Our topical prizes celebrate teams that exhibit expertise in specific areas. From sustainability to technological innovation, we recognize the unique and the specialized.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority Waste & Recycling Innovation Prize is awarded to the teams who develops an advancement in the waste or recycling industry that fosters sustainability within both the community and the environment.

The Gore Innovation Excellence Prize is awarded to the teams who best represent the application of technology to improving lives.

The Horn Equity Thru Entrepreneurship Prize is awarded to the teams with the greatest potential to advance social justice and equality of opportunity.

The Horn Entrepreneurship Global Prize is awarded to the top global teams that demonstrate extraordinary entrepreneurship excellence and embody the true spirit of the Diamond Challenge.

Diamond Challenge Summit

Develop Skills, Connect with Leaders, and Ignite the Entrepreneurial Spirit

This unique three-day conference will take place at the University of Delaware on April 25th and 27th, 2024. Bringing together students, educators, and supporters from around the world, this global event is a chance to learn, connect, and showcase the entrepreneurial spirit. Discover your entrepreneurial path alongside world-class speakers and entrepreneurs.