Register Now for Round One of the DECA Virtual Business Challenge

September 23, 2021

Competition Begins on October 19

You won't want to miss the 20th annual DECA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC)!

The DECA VBC is an official competitive event free to high school members and hosted by Knowledge Matters. The event is based on the virtual business series of simulations and offers over $20,000 in scholarship money.

Participants in the interactive DECA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) operate a web-based business simulation. The VBC qualifying rounds are conducted via the internet, where participants post competition scores for chartered association, regional and overall rankings. With eight different VBC tracks available, there is something for everyone!

  • VBC Accounting
  • VBC Entrepreneurship
  • VBC Fashion
  • VBC Hotel Management/DECA Hotel Challenge (Presented by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation)
  • VBC Personal Finance
  • VBC Restaurant
  • VBC Retailing
  • VBC Sport


The competition is FREE to all active high school DECA members. The interactive challenge is entirely web-based; no installations or downloads are necessary. Students may participate individually or in a group of up to three members from the same DECA chapter. Students may only be a member of one team per track. Each individual or team can participate in as many tracks as they would like.


All of this year’s events will be using 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 5, 2021 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 5, 2021. 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 log in 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 will be eligible to compete during the 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.


There are two qualifying rounds for this event.

  • Registration Opens: October 5, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET
  • Round 1 Begins: October 19, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET
  • Round 1 Ends: October 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Round 2 Begins: January 18, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. ET
  • Round 2 Ends: January 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. ET


If you'd like to see the excitement of the live VBC finals at ICDC, here's a video from ICDC 2018 that shows the excitement of DECA competitors. Have fun and good luck! For more tips and advice, follow Knowledge Matters on Facebook and Twitter.


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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