Announcing DECA Idea Challenge 2017 Global Winning Teams

DECA Inc. is pleased to announce this year’s DECA Idea Challenge global winners!

A premier event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the DECA Idea Challenge dared elementary through university students to generate a new use for rubber bands in merely a week! In addition to reinventing the item, teams were to create a video pitch of their new product.

With a significant amount of creativity, teamwork and determination, these teams were able to rise to the top.

Congratulations to the following DECA Idea Challenge global winning teams:

Elementary/Middle School Winner

DECA Super Stars from Gros Islet Infant School, Saint Lucia

High School Winner

The Rubber Restrictor from River Hill High School, Maryland, United States

Collegiate Winner

Energy Saving Rubber Band from Northwood University, Michigan, United States

Each global winning team will receive a monetary award from DECA Inc. as well as recognition on both DECA Inc. and Global Entrepreneurship Week’s websites.

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DECA commends all students, teachers and mentors who engaged in the competition!

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About DECA 
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA Inc. is a not-for-profit student organization with more than 225,000 members in 3,775 chapters in 50 United States and nine countries. With an over 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. 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, GEW inspires individuals around the world to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators through local, national and global activities. These activities connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors.

Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week is empowering millions in over 160 countries to take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. GEW is more than just an awareness campaign. It is a platform for connection and collaboration – engaging all players along the entrepreneurship spectrum in strengthening ecosystems around the world.

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