As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, SkillsFirst, a social enterprise helping youth to learn digital skills, is partnering with University of Delaware Horn Entrepreneurship on the 2018 Diamond Challenge, an entrepreneurship competition for high school students.
Students compete for $100,000 in cash and awards that may be used to support their entrepreneurial endeavors or to pursue higher education and as part of the local pitching competition the winning team will be awarded $1,000 prize money to accelerate their efforts.
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This competition in Pakistan is being organized with great support from the National Incubation Center in Islamabad where the final pitching session of the Diamond Challenge will take place on Feb 9, 2017!
“We are elated to welcome SkillsFirst to the Diamond Challenge Team as they establish the Diamond Challenge Pakistan for the 2018 competition season. SkillsFirst is truly a pioneer in expanding entrepreneurship education around the globe, and we cannot wait to see the hundreds of lives that will be positively impacted and changed for the better as a result of enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Islamabad,” said Rachel Strauss, Horn Entrepreneurship’s Youth Programs Coordinator.
Through this partnership, SkillsFirst aims to establish an ecosystem for the young ones to learn skills that will help them join the workforce of the future or to develop ideas of their own that could one day become sustainable ventures.
“SkillsFirst is committed to helping young people learn digital skills, creativity, leadership and entrepreneurial innovation and our partnership with Diamond Challenge helps us achieve that impact for the local community,” said Saad Hamid. Founder of SkillsFirst and CEO of DEMO!
Since its foundation in 2012, the Diamond Challenge has reached more than 3500 students from 155 schools and 35 countries worldwide. The competition has recently been ranked one of the top 29 best international business plan competitions by Alpha Gamma, a business portal for millennials.
The Diamond Challenge is part of the Paul & Linda McConnell Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative launched in 2014. Its purpose is to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers.
Students can submit their application for this competition before January 5, 2017.