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Diamond Challenge: Behind The Scenes

Today, we hear from Shreyas Parab, Nicole Birkner and Michael Chen, 3 teen entrepreneurs who participated in one of the world’s leading high school venture competitions, the Diamond Challenge, hosted by University of Delaware Horn Program in Entrepreneurship and sponsored by Capital One with support from HatchPad. These three amazing teens share their experiences with future participants, offer advice, and explain the many ways in which the Diamond Challenge has shaped their future successes.

The Diamond Challenge is an innovative entrepreneurship competition for high school students offering $100,000 in awards.

We discuss topics such as:

  • The motivation to participate in the Diamond Challenge
  • What each participant gained in terms of experience and future outcomes
  • Tips and advice for future participants
  • Mistakes to avoid
  • New relationships built as a result of the Diamond Challenge
  • The businesses they formed as a result and where those businesses are currently in terms of lifecycle

Interested in applying to the Diamond Challenge?

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About the Author: Jordan Agolli

Jordan is the founder of Force Media, a media production company. Jordan co-founded his first business, JD Pressure Washing, at 14 years old. By age 17, he and his partner would transition into landscaping, building a remarkably successful operation of 120 weekly clients and 20 employees. In August of 2013, he sold his quarter of the company in order to pursue new ventures. In February of 2014, Jordan founded Teenage Entrepreneur, a podcast and community focused on educating and inspiring teens to pursue entrepreneurship. His motivation sparked from the struggles he faced starting out in business. The Teenage Entrepreneur podcast features successful entrepreneurs from all over the world to share their stories, struggles and pass on the advice they wish had been given to them. The show has listeners in 70 countries, nearly 2,800 followers on Facebook.

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