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Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs

The Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs provides an impactful, hands-on learning opportunity for high school students to develop new business ideas, gain valuable knowledge and skills and compete for a share of the Challenge’s $25,000 prize pool.

A broad coalition of partners including Delaware Technical Community College, Junior Achievement of Delaware, Delaware’s Department of Education, Anne Arundel Community CollegeHoward Community CollegeInvento, StartUpAfrica, Cogite, Education and Management Team of Georgia and two UD programs – the Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship and the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship worked to develop the Diamond Challenge.


In the News

The Acclaim Blog | November 11, 2014 | UD’s Diamond Challenge Teaches High School Students the Foundations of Entrepreneurship

UDaily | November 6, 2014 | Gift supports Horn Program's youth entrepreneurship initiative

Cape Gazette | November 4, 2014 | Delaware students take the Diamond Challenge

Technical.ly Delaware | September 26, 2014 | How UD’s Diamond Challenge gets high schoolers into entrepreneurship

Peace Corps Passport | September 12, 2014 | Bringing PC Moldova Home

UDaily | September 2, 2014 | Registration now open for Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs


The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

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