Application Deadline:December 17th 2018

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.



If you want to participate, you must be a high school student in 9-12 grade/form.

Free to Compete

The Diamond Challenge is a completely free competition to high school students all around the world.

Semifinalists receive an invitation to travel to the University of Delaware to compete in the semifinal round. Top prizes include additional funding that may be used to support the team’s idea or serve as a scholarship to attend any school in the world.

Semifinalists are awarded an in-kind $5000 package that includes tickets to the Summit, hotel accommodations for up to three nights, meals during the conference, and access to speakers, mentors and innovators.

The Diamond Challenge is not responsible for covering any costs associated with traveling to or from the Summit. Semifinalists must identify the necessary funding to and from the Summit in order to attend.

1st Place

A prize package worth over $16,000, including the in-kind $5,000 semifinalist package


2nd Place

A prize package worth over $12,000, including the in-kind $5,000 semifinalist package


3rd Place

A prize package worth over $8,500, including the in-kind $5,000 semifinalist package

Diamond Challenge Schedule

Submissions Open

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

Submissions Close

Submit your written concept and pitch deck before the deadline!

Virtual Judging

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

February 1 – March 10

Pitching Round

Judges will score invited virtual participant video pitches and live pitches to determine who becomes a semifinalist.

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 Diamond Challenge entrepreneurship competition 2019

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