About the GIC
Explorer Hop's Global Investment Competition (GIC) is a virtual investment opportunity for youth ages 11-17. The competition is open to 500 participants from anywhere in the world. All experience levels are welcome as competitors learn how to trade stocks and build their own portfolio. And for those who are looking to compete, there are more than $100 in prizes to be won! The portfolio with the highest amount at the end of the competition is the first place winner. All participants will however receive a certificate at the end of the competition to acknowledge their learning achievement.
The next competition runs from September 26th-November 4th. Therefore the portfolio with the highest amount on November 4th, 2022 at 4:30 PM EST will be the winner of the first place prize. Second and third place, as well as the top earner in each age category, will subsequently win smaller prizes.
If you feel that you're on the lesser experienced side and want to prepare first, you have time before the next competition. If you would like to learn how to manage your money and invest we suggest enrolling for the following instructor-led online classes: Camp Millionaire Level 1, Personal Finance. If you are looking for self-learning options, check out Learn to Trade and Mutual Funds.
Young Investor Harrison Nixon on His Experience
The Explorer Hop team interviewed Global Investment Challenge participants on their experiences, to help prepare future students, and offer them insight into what it's like to compete.
Our winner for Week 2 (Jan 18 - 22) of the Global Investment Competition is Harrison who is only 11 years old! Harrison was a critical team member in our Young Entrepreneurs program at his school. He launched Chocolate Masters, a hot chocolate business that raised money to get school supplies.
EH: How did you hear about the Investment Competition?
Harrison: I heard about it because I had done one of the Young Entrepreneur Program though our lunch programs at my school and my mom read about the challenge and thought I would be interested. My friend William is always talking about the programs he does with Explorer Hop and how much fun they are.
EH: How much investing experience do you have?
Harrison: I have always been interested in the stock market, but I just started investing real money through an online discount brokerage account this past July.
EH: What are you hoping to learn from participating in the GIC?
Harrison: I am hoping to get practice for later on in life and just have fun right now.
EH: What would you say to inspire other kids to learn about investing?
Harrison: I would say that if you start practicing investing money now, you can have a better chance of making real money in the future. I am just 11 and I already love it.