On Friday, April 7, 2017, the winners of 2017 Diamond Challenge were announced at the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES!) held on the campus of University of Delaware. Team Voluntu won 2nd place in the Social Venture track.
Voluntu (https://voluntu.io) is a web app that helps non-profit organizations manage their volunteers. Team Voluntu consists of Lucy Liu, Jack Sun, Jason Ye, and Amy Zhong with Dr. Li and Sam Balana as their advisors. The team started development of this app in March 2016 and completed their MVP (Minimum Viable Product) in September. They released the app to all volunteers at Math for Service in December. Since then, more than 300 volunteers have signed up with the app and used it to manage their service hours.
Team Voluntu competed against startup groups from all over the world. After qualifying as a semifinalists, they were invited to pitch the final round at the University of Delaware. This year 716 teams competed, and 345 of these were international. By finishing in the 2nd place in the final round, the team won $7,000 in scholarships. Congratulations!
The Diamond Challenge was created by the University of Delaware Horn Program of Entrepreneurship in 2012. The Diamond Challenge is an international business challenge specifically for high school students. The Social Venture Competition focuses on the development of new, social impact models. Teams “build the venture like a scientist” to validate this model and compete by pitching their model through a varying levels of the competition. Since The Diamond Challenge’s inception in 2012, more than 1,500 students have competed representing more than 155 schools from around the world. The Horn Program of Entrepreneurship aims to impact students through experiential learning, evidence-based entrepreneurship, and active engagement with other members of the entrepreneurial community.