TedPrime Hub, Nigeria has been endorsed as the pitch site event partner (Social Innovation category) in the ongoing global diamond challenge of the University of Delaware’s horn entrepreneurship as well as Paul and Linda Mcdonnell youth entrepreneurship initiative to empower the next generation of leaders globally.
The co-founder of TedPrime Hub, Ayodele Odeogbola said the programme was aimed at creating synergies through strategic partnership with local and international organisations for the transformation of our youths as well as the educational advancement of Nigeria.
The Diamond Challenge, an innovative entrepreneurship competition for high school students offering $100,000 in awards provides a unique opportunity for high school students across the globe to learn about entrepreneurship while putting their new scalable ideas into action.
While many entrepreneurship programmes centre on principles of small business management, the Diamond Challenge focuses on unleashing creativity, encouraging a mindset of abundance and self-determination, and promoting purposeful entrepreneurial action among teenagers on ideas that are replicable and sustainable in any part of the world.
On the new development for high school entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Odeogbola said the partnership with the United States institution would help in transforming schools to innovation hubs, promote an equitable world for Nigerian high school students and enhance close ties between Nigeria and the rest of the world through quality education, innovation and technology.
To compete at the national level, interested high school students and teams in all private and public schools in Nigeria (guided by their tutors as the team lead) are to pitch their innovative solutions at www.diamondchallenge.org and submit applications on or before December 17,2018.
Selected national finalists would be invited for a pitching session of their project ideas with independent judges. The Winning team at the pitch event would be announced for the semi-finalist position and the Nigerian team will compete at the global stage of the competition in Delaware, United States come April 2019.
Teams who emerge as semi-finalists receive in-kind package worth $5,000 each to support their participation at the summit. The third place team receives $8,500; first runner up $12,000 while the winner receives $16,000 to further enhance their project ideas in their respective home countries.