Future Entrepreneurs Excel at Diamond Challenge

DELAWARE – Delaware Tech hosted the preliminary rounds of the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs.

The Diamond Challenge provides an opportunity for business-minded high school students to explore entrepreneurship as a viable career path. The competition gives students real-world experience in developing a business plan and presenting to a panel of judges comprised of local business professionals. Business plans are judged on feasibility of the idea and growth potential. This year a social impact award was given to a team concept with the greatest social impact potential.

“I was impressed by the quality of the business concepts that were presented by these local area high school students,” said June Roux, Delaware Tech business department chairperson. “This is a great opportunity for us to partner with the University of Delaware's Horn Program in Entrepreneurship to promote entrepreneurship throughout the state.”

Preliminary round winners:

love delivery: love deliverylove delivery: love deliveryLove Delivery - The John Carroll School: Sunny Lu and William Du (Advisor: Larry Dukes)

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live in the moment: live in the momentlive in the moment: live in the momentLive in the Moment - Padua Academy: Margeurite Beane, Anastasia Hutnick, and Sarah Wenyon (Social Impact Award) Advisor: Jill Connell

ignight: ignightignight: ignightIgnight - Red Lion Christian Academy: Bradley Sewell, Colton Herbein, Daniel Mihalko, Katelyn Shoemaker (Advisor: Tom Berry)

green phillup: green phillupgreen phillup: green phillupThe Green Phillup - Lake Forest High School: Steven Garey and Katie Parnell (Advisor: Corey Yanoshak) (The Green Phillup also won the Social Impact Award.)

belt bands: belt bandsbelt bands: belt bandsBelt Bands - Lake Forest High School: Brianna Bowers, Marisa Guallpa, Taylor Iwaskiewicz (Advisor: Corey Yanoshak)

dine in theater: dine in theaterdine in theater: dine in theaterDine-in Theater - Polytech High School: Adrielle Green, Vanessa Hatton (Advisor: Dorothy Wilson)

Winners of the preliminary round received $500 and will complete in a final round and awards lunch at the University of Delaware on April 30, 2014.

The Diamond Challenge was developed by a broad coalition of partners. Delaware Technical Community College, Junior Achievement of Delaware, Startup Africa, Invento, Delaware’s Department of Education, and two University of Delaware programs – the Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship, and the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship, worked together to develop the Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs.