- BACKGROUND -

The United States was formed by creative individuals coming together in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to develop a new strategy, a new direction for the colonies.  Nearly 250 years later, we celebrate that creative spirit with the launch of the America250PA Direct Effect Innovation Challenge (The DEIC)

- 2020 DIRECT EFFECT -

The America250PA Commission, in partnership with the Innovation Team, are excited to announce the opening of the 2020 America250PA Direct Effect Innovation Challenge, featuring a theme of "BUY PA."   Quite simply, when we say BUY PA – its about “buying into PA businesses.”  We want the Direct Effect Challenge to provide our schools and students with a blank canvas to get creative and design an integrated strategy to celebrate and innovate business in PA.  The Direct Effect Innovation Challenge is open to all Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania, and includes a three-round event conducted virtually.  The Challenge begins with the "Campus Challenge" running until October 3rd.  Watch the "Launch Party" video below for more information, or register your school today accessing the link in the Action Center.

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- THE 2019 DEIC -

The Finals of The Direct Effect Innovation Challenge (DEIC) were held on November 18, 2019, during the Wilkes-Barre Connect Conference in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  After amazing presentations from student teams representing 10 PA colleges and universities, the team of students from Wilkes University was selected as the overall winner.  Their concept will now be designed for launch in early 2020, to kick-off the America250PA initiative across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Pictured from left to right, Lisa Reynolds, Madison Kaminski, McKaylah DeKay, Logan Rock, Daniel Kultys, Aaron Smith and Sal Purpura.

- THE BADGES -

All students who participated in The Direct Effect Innovation Challenge (DEIC) have received a digital badge to commerorate their participation in the Commonwealth's largest co-creation project.  These badges can be displayed on the student's resumes and social media accounts.  At America250PA, we ask that all organizations across the Commonwealth recognize this badge as a representation of the amazing drive, determination and abilities of the students to compete outside of the classroom, and consider them for internship and job opportunities - helping keep PA talent within the commonwealth.

- THE SPONSORS -

If you are interested in being a sponsor of the America250PA Direct Effect innovation Challenge, please contact Joyce Walker at Joyce@America250PA.org.  

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