DECA Idea Challenge

What is the Idea Challenge?

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DECA is excited to bring you another year of the DECA Idea Challenge, a fast-paced experiential learning exercise that dares elementary, secondary and college students to find an innovative new use for a common, everyday item in just eight days! The item to be used in the challenge will remain a mystery until revealed by DECA Inc. on November 10, 2016.

A premier event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the competition is a fun and exciting opportunity for students to be imaginative and resourceful while learning about the entrepreneurial process. To participate, students must:

  • organize into a team of three to five members
  • access the challenge item online once it is revealed
  • collaborate as a team to produce an original and sustainable use for the item
  • pitch their invention in an engaging YouTube video presentation
  • submit entry online by the deadline

DECA membership is not a requirement to participate in the competition, so be sure to tell everyone you know about this compelling idea generator! You don’t want to miss out! For additional information, please contact Michelle Walker at michelle_walker@deca.org.

The DECA Idea Challenge 2015 is proud to partner with Pearson to work toward meaningful student engagement in the field of entrepreneurship.

KEY DATES

November 10, 2016 – Challenge item revealed at 12:01 a.m. EST
November 17, 2016 – Student team online submissions due by 11:59 p.m. EST
November 28, 2016 – January 17, 2017 – GEW host evaluates entries from their country
January 19, 2017 – DECA Idea Challenge 2016 Global Finalists announced
January 26, 2017 – DECA Idea Challenge 2016 Global Winners announced

DECA Idea Challenge Winners!

Get the competition discussion going by viewing the previous DECA Idea Challenge global winners below.

DECA Idea Challenge 2015 Global Winning Team—The Shades

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DECA Idea Challenge 2015 Global Winning Team—Eco Blinds

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DECA Idea Challenge 2015 Global Winning Team—Pallets for the Planet

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DECA Idea Challenge 2014 Global Winning Team—Delivering the News

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DECA Idea Challenge 2014 Global Winning Team—Team AA & E

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DECA Idea Challenge 2013 Global Winning Team—The Working Bees

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DECA Idea Challenge 2012 Global Winning Team—Team EcoWear

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