Empowering youth

Since its inception in 2012, the Diamond Challenge has been dedicated to empowering the next generation through entrepreneurship. Engaging tens of thousands of students from around the world, this platform has become a catalyst for innovation and positive change.

Amplified Impact

The Diamond Challenge is a platform for teens from around the world to learn entrepreneurship, engage with a like-minded community and compete for $100,000 in awards. High school students participate in a year-long program and develop ideas to address pressing challenges they’ve identified. To date, Horn has awarded $322,743 in funding to student ventures and higher education scholarships.

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University-backed, State-of-the-Art Curriculum

The evidenced-based curriculum focuses on developing an entrepreneurial mindset and gaining first-hand experience with the entrepreneurial process. The goal is empowerment through experiential learning.

Limitless Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship education is for everyone. Diamond Challenge opens the gates for high school students to explore their world and develop an entrepreneurial mindset. The competition challenges students and educators to think broadly and tackle real-world problems.

Catalyzing Change

The Diamond Challenge amplifies impact alongside a portfolio of highly engaged organizations committed to developing the entrepreneurial mindset in teens. These powerful partnerships allow the platform to not only serve more students, but also to catalyze entrepreneurial ecosystems.

SPONSORS

The Diamond Challenge expresses our deep gratitude for our sponsors for their invaluable support and generous contributions to empowering and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. The platform benefits from the expertise and experience of 2,000+ professionals who have served as mentors, judges, speakers and workshop leaders.

Paul & Linda
McConnell
Youth
Entrepreneurship
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GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT

Diamond Challenge has created a network of foundations, educational institutions, community organizations and entrepreneurship initiatives around the globe.

Empowering World Changers

Recognized as one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the US, Horn Entrepreneurship serves as a creative engine for entrepreneurship education and advancement at the University of Delaware. At its founding in 2012, Horn Entrepreneurship launched a youth initiative (Horn Youth) with the Diamond Challenge to address major gaps in secondary entrepreneurship education. At the time, most existing youth programs focused on small business management. In contrast, Horn Youth has been built to focus on unleashing creativity, encouraging a mindset of abundance and self-determination, and promoting purposeful entrepreneurial action. Since then, Horn Entrepreneurship has continued to grow its offerings for high school students and educators.