Idea Challenge Winner Announced

Today, DECA Inc. announced that EcoWear (Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, Calif.) has won the Idea Challenge 2012. A featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the competition challenged students to find a new use for a common, everyday item – a plastic grocery bag – and create as much value as possible in eight days.

Teams presented their innovative new use for the plastic grocery bag and shared their results in a three-minute video posted on YouTube.

More than 400 student teams in the US and Canada participated in the eight-day event held Nov. 7-16, 2012. In total, more than 1,000 middle school through college students participated in the innovative, idea generation exercise.

In addition to receiving recognition on both the DECA Inc. and GEW websites, at least two members of EcoWear will be

  • Flown to Anaheim, Calif., to attend DECA’s International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in April
  • Recognized during the opening general session at the ICDC as the Idea Challenge 2012 Winner
  • Invited to participate in various career academies during ICDC
  • Given complimentary tickets for a day at Disneyland Resort

About DECA Inc.
With over a 65 year history, DECA has impacted the lives of more than ten million students, educators, school administrators and business professionals since it was founded in 1946. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Organized into two unique student divisions, both high school and college divisions provide services to 200,000 members in 3,500 chapters in 50 states and nine countries.

DECA’s programs and activities have constantly evolved as we use the latest technology and apply cutting edge educational research. Our core focus has remained consistent with programs designed to address the learning styles, interest and focus of its members. For more information, visit and follow @decainc on Twitter.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job-creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Now in its fifth year, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to 130 countries—empowering nearly 20 million people through 125,000 activities over that time. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a growing network of 24,000 partner organizations. For more information, visit and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

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