Summit Agenda

Diamond Challenge Summit Schedule

April 25 – 27, 2024

Day 1
April 25, 2024
Day 2
April 26, 2024
Day 3
April 27, 2024

Below are the events, workshops, and keynote for Summit Day 1.

Innovation Tour

Location: Clayton Hall Time: 10:00 AM – 2:45 PM ET
The Innovation Tour is offered as a pre-conference activity on Thursday, April 25. The tour showcases some of the Mid-Atlantic’s leading university and industry innovation hotspots. Stops include the Gore Capabilities Center and University of Delaware’s MakerGym, Science Technology Advanced Research (STAR) campus, and the Venture Development Center. Lunch will be provided. Attendees will check in at 10:00AM at Clayton Hall Conference Center before starting the tour at 10:45AM.

Welcome Workshop

Location: Room 101A&B Time: 3:15 – 4:00 PM ET

Led by: Rich Keller 

Can you describe your personal brand in ’One Word’? With CATALYST, as his ‘One Word’ personal brand, Rich Keller is on a mission to transform one million lives, ‘One Word’ at a time. Sharing brand examples from his professional career, he guides young entrepreneurs via a transformational journey by demonstrating how the power of just ‘One Word‘ (their core value) can transform how they and their business ventures are seen by the world so they can Stand-out Conquer Obstacles Reach Excellence…and SCORE.

Networking Reception

Location: Clayton Hall Lobby Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM ET

Welcome Dinner & Keynote: Lovell Kosh

Location: RM 101A&B Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM ET

Practice Pitch Sessions

Location: RM 119, 123, 124, 125 Time: 7:00 – 10:00 PM ET

Below are the events, workshops, and keynote for Summit Day 2.

Breakfast

Location: RM 101A&B Time: 8:00 AM ET

Pitch Round 1

Location: RM 119, 121, 122, 125 Time: 9:00 – 10:40 AM ET
  See Finalists

Workshop: Pitching to Win: The Power of Self-Belief

Location: RM 120 Time: 9:00 – 10:40 AM ET
Led by: Debra Cooper
Through engaging discussions, activities, and examples, we will explore how confidence in our own abilities can transform our approach to pitching, collaboration, and overcoming challenges. This session aims to equip participants with strategies for building self-belief, leveraging personal strengths, and adopting a growth mindset for sustained success and impact.

Pitch Round 2

Location: RM 119, 121, 122, 125 Time: 10:55 AM – 12:25 PM ET

Workshop: Make Me Believe!

Location: RM 120 Time: 10:55 AM – 12:25 PM ET
Led by: Erin McNichol
Stories directly impact our emotions, and these emotions change our behavior far more than data ever can. Learn how to harness the power of a personal story for your brand or business, and walk away with powerful storytelling techniques.

Lunch & Keynote: Ellie Stang

Location: RM 101A&B Time: 12:30 – 1:20 PM ET

Pitch Round 3

Location: RM 119, 121, 122, 125 Time: 1:30 – 3:10 PM ET

Pitch Round 4

Location: RM 119, 121, 122, 125 Time: 3:25 PM – 4:55 PM ET

Glow Gala

Location: RM 101A&B Time: 6:30 – 9:00 PM ET
Light up the night at the Glow Party Gala!
We will be spotlighting student performers and dancing the night away. Get ready for an unforgettable night! Please note the Glow Gala is student-only.

Below are the events, workshops, and keynote for Summit Day 3.

Donuts & Diamonds Breakfast

Location: RM 101A&B Time: 8:00 – 8:45 AM ET

Activity Round 1

Location: RM 119, 120, 125 Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM ET
Megatrends Innovation Sprint 
Recycled Materials Innovation Sprint 
Lightning Talks: Leveraging Others to Increase Impact 
 

Activity Round 2

Location: RM 119, 120, 125 Time: 10:15 – 11:15 AM ET
Eco-Friendly Packaging Innovation Sprint 
Recycled Materials Innovation Sprint 
Panel Discussion: Investor Insights
 

Activity Round 3

Location: RM 119, 120, 125 Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET
Eco-Friendly Packaging Innovation Sprint
Megatrends Innovation Sprint
Creative Conversations: Mastering ChatGPT for Entrepreneurial Success 
 

Lunch

Location: RM 101A&B Time: 12:30 – 1:00 PM ET

Awards Ceremony & Keynote: Sarah Chen-Spellings

Location: Auditorium Time: 1:10 – 2:30 PM ET