Collegiate DECA offers 25 competitive events related to various industries. Those competitions measure student's skills and knowledge in marketing + sales, communications + technology, hospitality + tourism, finance + accounting, business management, or entrepreneurship.
Prepared vs. Unprepared
A prepared event in DECA involves students presenting a well-researched business plan or marketing strategy to judges, highlighting their knowledge and skills in a competitive setting. You will have at least two months to prep for the entire presentation. This includes a write-up and slide presentation.
An unprepared event in DECA typically involves students spontaneously responding to a given business scenario or problem, demonstrating their ability to think on their feet and apply their knowledge and skills in real-time. Members doing a team event will have one hour to prepare, while those competing individually will have 30 minutes. You can prepare any presentation assistance you would like, such as PowerPoint slides.
Team vs. Individual
In DECA, you can compete in events as an individual competitor or in team events of two or three members, depending on the category of interest.
For a comprehensive view of the events offered, check the official Collegiate DECA Events link below.