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Sep. 6, 2016 1:26 pm

High school entrepreneurs, you can shine bright like a diamond

Applications are now open for the University of Delaware's Diamond Challenge, which has a $100,000 prize pool this year.

The first-place team from 2014's Diamond Challenge with a panel of judges.

(Photo courtesy of University of Delaware)

This will mark the Diamond Challenge’s fifth year of encouraging high school students to get into entrepreneurship. The program has received over 2,000 pitches since its launch. Last year, the Diamond Challenge added a social venture track. Now organizers at the University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship have doubled the prize money.

High schoolers, now’s your time to shine.

The prize pool has gone up to $100,000 (from $50,000) and individual semifinalist team prizes have gone up from $500 to $1,000. New pitch sites are also being added in Europe, Africa and Asia.

The Diamond Challenge is a part of the Paul & Linda McConnell Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative, which was launched back in 2014. The Youth Entrepreneurship Summit also falls under the initiative’s umbrella.

Interested in applying? Might be a good idea to watch last year’s presentations.

Past participants that have seen success include Archmere Academy’s Shreyas Parab and his NovelTie idea.

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Rana Fayez

Rana Fayez was Technical.ly Delaware's lead reporter. She was previously business reporter and digital editor for the Delaware Business Times. In 2015, she won two awards from the Delaware Press Association for her coverage on consumer retail trends and technology news. When not storytelling, she's volunteering or making music.

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