University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship Diamond Challenge 2020 ($100,000 prize pool!)

Application Deadline: January 8th 2020

The Diamond Challenge is run by Horn Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware to empower the next generation to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing world.

The Diamond Challenge is offered as a philanthropic education initiative by Horn Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware. As such, it provides free, open-access resources for students, educators and practitioners of entrepreneurship. Participation in the Diamond Challenge involves learning from the pursuit of new ideas. It also involves the creation, submission and presentation of original content in the form of business and social concepts.

All submissions and presentations are granted consideration by the Diamond Challenge leadership team under the basic understanding that:

•Each Diamond Challenge submission and presentation represents an original work that has been created by a team of 2-4 high school students;
•Team members have the authority to submit/present their original work by virtue of their ownership of the content (or the expressed permission of any non-participating content owners);
•The submission/presentation does not disclose any third party intellectual property or violate any existing copyright protections;
•The Diamond Challenge leadership team maintains sole discretion to interpret, modify or eliminate any of the competition’s terms, rules and conditions at any time and without notice.
•That said, the primary purpose of the Diamond Challenge’s terms, conditions and rules is to provide equality of opportunity while also promoting a positive and impactful learning experience for all participants.

Student and Team Requirements

1.Teams must be comprised of 2-4 high school students typically between 14-18 years of age at the time of the submission deadline,and must be enrolled in an official high school/secondary education institution for the duration of the Diamond Challenge.

2.Teams require one adult advisor (21years of age or older)who is in a position to provide the opportunity to participate and broadly available to offer support to the team. Teams may have more than one advisor, however, only one may be included in your official team submission. The advisor you include will be considered a main point of contact for the competition.

3. Any given student may participate on just one team (and therefore submit just one concept) per competition cycle/year.

4. Teams may be comprised of students from more than one school

5. Only concepts that have been conceived by the members of the team may be submitted to the Diamond Challenge. If a submission has also been conceived by members not participating in the Diamond Challenge, their full legal names must be disclosed during submission so as to avoid potential conflicts of interest and/or potential legal challenges at later stages of the competition.

6. Businesses and social concepts must NOT have generated more than $100,000 in total revenue prior to the submission deadline


August 25

Registration Opens

One person per team: Register for your entire team and find an adult advisor!

January 8

Submissions Close

Submit your written concept narrative and pitch deck before the deadline!

January 10 – January 19

Submission Round Virtual Judging

Online Diamond Challenge judges will review participant submissions and determine who moves on in the competition. Participants will be notified if they are invited to pitch after submission round virtual judging concludes.

February 3 – March 8

Pitching Round

Judges will score invited virtual team pitch videos and invited live team pitches to determine who becomes a semifinalist.

April 16 – 18

Diamond Challenge Summit

Semifinalists pitch live at the University of Delaware during the culminating event. Students, educators, and supporters from all around the world come together to engage with entrepreneurship education through mentoring sessions, workshops, pop-up challenges, speakers, panels, and more during our three-day global conference.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship Diamond Challenge 2020


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