Creating a launchpad for young entrepreneurs

We're igniting the passions of students to develop ideas that address those in need due to COVID-19.

Introducing the Challenge

The HOPE (Helping Our Passions Emerge) Challenge is a free entrepreneurship competition for middle school students, providing an opportunity for students to learn entrepreneurship by allowing their ideas to come to life.

PROMPT: Develop a solution that seeks to solve an arising problem that COVID-19 has created.

Students are expected to  respond to the prompt by submitting an elevator pitch video (1-3 minutes) proposing their product or service. View the Competition Guidelines to learn what to include in your video! Click here to learn about our seminar, where we will feature guest speakers and judges to offer insight on tackling COVID-19, provide guidance on the pitch, and answer any questions.

Competition is free to enter for all students.

Open to middle school students (2019-2020 school year)

Submission deadline is July 15th, 11:59 PM PST

Students can work in teams of 1 - 4 per submission





Coronavirus Care Kit: Elizabeth Lai





Team 1984:

Brandon Luo


Pulkit Ahuja, Siddarth Suri

Honorable Mention​s:

  • AT-animas - Thomas Cong, Andrew Zhang

  • Simplify - Angela Su

  • Unveil - Shyam Arumugan, Saumitra Joshi, Aryan Kedarisetty, Neel Sirivara

View the Top 3 Pitches

Thank you to everyone for participating!

Meet the Judges


Elizabeth graduated from Newport High School in 2020 and is currently an incoming freshman at Brown University hoping to study computer science and political science. She competed in DECA for 2 years in high school, and she placed at state both years and qualified for ICDC the second year. Outside of business and marketing, her interests include politics, playing piano, creating spotify playlists, gaming, and lifting. She’s incredibly excited to meet everyone and help foster entrepreurial growth!

Kevin is a rising senior from Interlake High School in the Gifted IB Program. He has a deep interest in business, and has sharpened his skills in business both inside and outside of school. In school, he have taken the higher level business management class and attended various clubs specializing in business. In the DECA club, Kevin placed 1st place at area, 3rd place at state, and finaled at Internationals. In his free time, he enjoys playing piano, listening to music, and playing video games with his friends.

Evelyn recently graduated from Newport High School and will be attending the University of Washington's Foster School of Business in the fall. A triple qualifier for DECA's international development conference, she's been passionate about her involvement in business since day 1, landing in the top 25 in the world in her competitive event last year. She loves her dog as well as playing tennis, reading, and hiking in her free time.

Want to know how you'll be judged? Please visit the Competition Guidelines.


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We're featuring guest speakers and the judges to provide insight on tackling COVID-19 and answering any questions.

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Learn about us

The HOPE Challenge is a free entrepreneurship competition for middle school students created by the Seattle Advocates for Education, a youth-led nonprofit organization based in Bellevue. To learn more about the organization's mission, please visit its website here.

The challenge was created for three reasons:

  • Inspire students to change the status quo.

  • Identify solutions that have the potential to innovate today's technology.

  • Provide a launchpad for young entrepreneurs.