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 13, 2017.

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 a team
  • Generate an original use for the challenge item
  • Create a video pitch of invention
  • Submit entry online by the deadline

One elementary or middle school, one high school and one college or university team will be recognized as DECA Idea Challenge global winners! Each team will receive an award and be featured on both the DECA Inc. and Global Entrepreneurship Week websites.

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 Adrienne Burda at


November 13, 2017 - mystery item announced at 12:01 a.m. ET
November 20, 2017 - submissions due by 11:59 p.m. ET
January 16, 2018 - global finalists announced
January 23, 2018 - global winners announced

DECA Idea Challenge Winners!

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

2016 Global Winning Teams

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2015 Global Winning Teams

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2014 Global Winning Teams

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