The Biggest DECA Idea Challenge Year Yet!

Photo courtesy of @Schmid_Jared on Twitter.

This year, the DECA Idea Challenge soared to 2,048 submissions from 16 countries around the world!

adrienne_burdaGlobal participants include Algeria, Bermuda, Canada, China, India, Jamaica, Moldova, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Saint Lucia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The 2016 challenge encouraged students to reinvent plastic bottles into an original creation. Students collaborate in teams, create a product out of plastic bottles and pitch their invention in a brief video presentation.

The DECA Idea Challenge is a premier event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and highlight of GEW Youth – a celebration of the next generation of entrepreneurs through activities geared to help youth sharpen their skills and connect with potential mentors.

The competition encourages students to push aside fear, think outside the box and share their creation with the world! The imagination and resourcefulness needed to compete fosters an entrepreneurial mindset.

idea16With hundreds of inventive and creative submissions, the road to selecting the DECA Idea Challenge global winning teams is sure to be exciting!

One team from each educational category (Elementary/Middle School, High School and College/University) will be selected as DECA Idea Challenge global winners, with recognition on Global Entrepreneurship Week’s and DECA Inc.’s websites as well receive a monetary award from DECA Inc.

DECA congratulates all of the students, teachers and mentors who engaged in the DECA Idea Challenge. Stay tuned to DECA Direct for the announcement of DECA Idea Challenge global finalists on January 16, 2017 and global winners on January 30, 2017.

The competition may be over, but you can still engage with the GEW community! Share your DECA Idea Challenge story on social media with #DECAIdeaChallenge and #GEW2016.


About DECA 

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. With nearly a 70-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 Inc. is a not-for-profit student organization with more than 215,000 members. For more information about DECA Inc., visit

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 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. Through local to global activities, participants are connected to potential collaborators, mentors and investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. GEW is a platform for connection and collaboration—engaging all players along the entrepreneurship spectrum in strengthening ecosystems around the world. For more information about GEW, visit

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