Register Now for Round One of the DECA Virtual Business Challenge

Sep 26, 2023

Competition Begins on October 17

Registration opens soon for round one of the DECA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) from Knowledge Matters! The VBC allows students to compete online for a chance to win scholarship prize money! The challenge is available to all current DECA high school members, and participation is free. Team registration opens at 10:00 a.m. ET on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.

The VBC is based on the Virtual Business simulations used in over one-third of high schools nationwide and consists of eight tracks:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Personal Finance
  • Accounting
  • Hotel
  • Restaurant
  • Retailing
  • Fashion
  • Sports


Students may compete individually or form teams of up to three to participate in Round 1, Round 2 or both rounds. The competition sim may be completed multiple times within the challenge period, with only the best total score being counted in the overall rankings.

Participants will test their knowledge and skills in a simulated game-like environment and may participate in one or more of the eight tracks. If students already have online Virtual Business accounts, they will not have to register for new accounts to participate.


This year’s challenge events will use online versions of our Virtual Business simulations. If your members already have online Virtual Business accounts, they will not have to register for new accounts. They will, however, still have to create new VBC teams.

Students may register themselves or their team beginning on October 3, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Only active DECA chapters will appear in the registration menu. To confirm your chapter’s membership status, please contact

All active chapter advisors will have access to the challenge simulation software on October 3, 2023. If you are new to DECA’s VBC, an advisor account will be created for you. If you already have an online account, please continue to use the same login information to access your account.

Important Note: Advisors, you must log in to approve teams registered under your chapter. To log in to your advisor account, please visit


The top two teams, per track, per round, per region, will be eligible to compete during the live, in-person International Career Development Conference (ICDC), providing teams meet their chartered association’s rules and regulations. See challenge guidelines for more information on ICDC qualifications. Additionally, the top-performing team, per track, per round, in each chartered association, will receive a certificate of achievement. Student members competing at ICDC may not compete in another ICDC event.


The dates and details for this year’s qualifying rounds are:

Round 1 - ONLINE: October 17-27, 2023

VBC Accounting Mini-Challenges for the first qualifying round are:

  • October 18, 2023, 8:30 p.m. ET - October 19, 2023, 5:00 p.m. ET
  • October 23, 2023, 8:30 p.m. ET - October 24, 2023, 5:00 p.m. ET
  • October 25, 2023, 8:30 p.m. ET - October 26, 2023, 5:00 p.m. ET

Round 2 - ONLINE: January 16-26, 2024

VBC Accounting Mini-Challenges for the second qualifying round are:

  • January 17, 2024, 8:30 p.m. ET - January 18, 2024, 5:00 p.m. ET
  • January 22, 2024, 8:30 p.m. ET - January 23, 2024, 5:00 p.m. ET
  • January 24, 2024, 8:30 p.m. ET - January 25, 2024, 5:00 p.m. ET

Final Round - LIVE: ICDC

The final round of the DECA VBC event for qualifying teams will take place live during DECA's International Career Development Conference April 27-30, 2024 in Anaheim, CA.


Are you interested in a competitive edge? Be sure to check the Knowledge Matters Facebook page during the challenge period for exclusive hints and tips!

For complete details and rules regarding the DECA VBC, please visit the Knowledge Matters website and refer to the VBC Info Packet. Have fun, and good luck to all DECA chapters! For more tips and advice, follow Knowledge Matters on Facebook and Twitter.

Advisors, learn more about Knowledge Matters Virtual Business simulations at


Knowledge Matters

Knowledge Matters is the leading provider of cloud-based, educational simulations for business (food service, hospitality, retailing, sports management and manufacturing) and personal finance. The company’s Virtual Business line of simulations has been used in over one-third of all the high schools in the United States.

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