The Diamond Challenge was created in 2012 to empower the next generation through entrepreneurship.  Since conception, tens of thousands of students from all around the world have engaged with us.

Horn Entrepreneurship


The Diamond Challenge, the world’s top-rated entrepreneurship competition for high school students, was created through Horn Entrepreneurship, a cornerstone for entrepreneurial activity based at the University of Delaware. We provide high school students around the world with opportunities to experience entrepreneurship first hand.


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 Diamond Challenge Summit, dual enrollment opportunities, and professional development 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, tens of thousands of young people have participated in our youth programs. 

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

The team

Dan Freeman

Founding Director, Horn Entrepreneurship

Julie Frieswyk

Assistant Director, Horn Youth

Rachel Strauss

Program Coordinator, Horn Youth

Chuck Liddiard

West Coast Youth Entrepreneurship Coordinator, The Diamond Challenge 

Grace Zhang

Digital Marketing Intern, Horn Youth