Diamond Challenge FAQs

Do I need to pay to participate?

Registering and submitting an idea to the Diamond Challenge is completely free. 

What is the Diamond Challenge age requirement?

All Diamond Challenge participants must be enrolled in high school for the duration of the competition. Eligible students are in grade/form 9-12 in a secondary education institution. Typically, high school students are between the ages of 14-18. Contact [email protected] if you have further questions about this guideline.

Can I work with students from different schools and locations?

Yes, you may work with high school students from other schools and locations. Team members do NOT need to be based in the same school or area.

Can I have more than one Team Advisor?

Yes, you may have more than one team advisor, however, only one official advisor is allowed to be input in our registration and submission platform. 

How do I sign up?

You will sign up and submit your concept with your team using our competition management software, Award Force. The link is found on the home page of the website.

How do I choose my competition track?

Once you know what problem you want to solve and have an idea, choosing a competition track is easy. If the idea focuses on solving a customer problem, then choose the business innovation track. If the idea focuses on solving a societal or environmental problem, then choose the social innovation track.

Can I compete in more than one competition track or submit more than one concept?

A student can compete and submit ONE concept per competition season.

Can I submit the same concept more than one year in a row?

Teams may submit a concept more than one year in a row as long as they have never made it to the semifinal round with that concept. It will be assumed by the Diamond Challenge leadership team that your team will have made significant progress on the concept you are resubmitting. If it is discovered teams are submitting the exact same concept more than once, they will be disqualified.

How much time will it take to participate in the competition?

Submissions open in the summer/fall, and close in the winter. We have a recommended time frame of 10 weeks to come up with an idea, create your written concept, and create your pitch deck.

Once the submission round is complete, students may be invited to move on to the pitching round, which will take place between February and March. If students are invited to compete in the semifinal and final rounds, students can work on perfecting their pitch presentations prior to the Diamond Challenge Summit in April.

Will I automatically get a chance to pitch live or virtually?

Not all participants will be invited to pitch their ideas live in front of judges or virtually by submitting a recorded video. Judges will review all submission round information, and from there, participants will be notified if they qualify for the pitching round.

Why do I have to compete with teams from around the world?

Whether you realize it or not, you are already competing with students and teams from around the world. Technology, trade agreements and other factors have created a global marketplace where we are all in competition for educational opportunities, jobs, commerce and capital. Competing with students from all over the world will provide you with opportunities to foster new connections and share ideas unlike ever before.

Why should I participate in the Diamond Challenge?

The Diamond Challenge is more than just the world’s largest entrepreneurship competition for high school students. It is a life-long community for any teen from any location with any idea. We want to support your ideas so you can make an impact on the world. If you’re still on the fence about competing, here are the top 4 reasons why you should go out there and submit your idea.

1. Gain access to a life-long supportive community

We want to help you succeed not only throughout the competition, but throughout your personal and professional life. Because of our global network, we have connections to some of the most profound entrepreneurs, innovators, creators, makers, and subject matter experts in the world. By competing in the Diamond Challenge, you gain access to this network FOR LIFE!

2. Receive meaningful feedback from expert global judges

Some students are worried that their idea might not be completely “competition ready”. That’s OKAY. You will always be better off if you submit your idea to the competition, because you receive meaningful feedback from at least three expert judges who can help propel your idea further than if you didn’t hit submit. There is nothing to lose!

3. Win scholarship money or venture funding

A perk of competing in the competition is that you have the chance to win a piece of our $100,000 prize pool. You can use the Diamond Challenge opportunity as a way to help pay for school (ANY college or university in the entire world!) or, if you are truly passionate about continuing to pursue your idea, we can help you jump-start the rest of your entrepreneurial career.

4. Bring your idea in to the world 

We believe in the power of your ideas. That is why we want to empower you as a high school student to share what you have to say, because we believe your ideas matter, and they can change the world for the better.

Summit FAQs

What happens at the Summit?

There are workshops, speakers, panels, mentoring sessions, exhibitors, and the semifinal and final rounds of the Diamond Challenge.

Who is eligible to attend the Summit?

Semifinalists from around the world and nominated individuals or groups are eligible to attend the Summit in April!

How many people typically attend the Summit?

Over 500 individuals attend the Summit each year.

What well-known individuals will be a part of the Summit?

For more information, check out our Summit page and see our list of exciting hosts.

How long is the Summit?

The Summit is three days long.

Do I have to attend all three days to participate in the Summit?

All attendees are expected to attend for the duration of the Summit experience. 

When and where does the Summit take place?

The Summit takes place in Clayton Hall at the University of Delaware in April.

How can I reserve a spot at the Summit?

Our Diamond Challenge Summit registration page goes live every February for invited and nominated individuals and groups. Contact [email protected] if you have further questions about this opportunity.