Dash McDonald, a freshman studying business entrepreneurship, said he got involved because of his fraternity.
"My teammate tried last year and he didn't end up making it to Europe," McDonald said. "Another guy in my fraternity actually works for Red Bull, and he told me about it."
McDonald said this competition made him appreciate the brand even more.
"I love the brand so much, and I've heard stories of people going on this adventure and actually making great connections with Red Bull," McDonald said. "It's also a once in a lifetime thing to do."
Overall, about 200 teams are chosen from around the world to compete in Europe.
Andrew Dody, a junior studying marketing, said he is grateful to be given an opportunity to be part of this competition.
"I have always been fascinated by Red Bull and their marketing strategies," Dody said. "And I would love to work for a company like that someday. The reason why I like them is for the high-paced adrenaline and adventure."
There are two rounds of selecting the winners for the competition in Europe.
First, the team had to put together a minute-long video explaining why they want to compete in the challenge and upload it through YouTube or Vimeo to the contest website for the public to vote on, which took about two weeks.
After public voting ends, the top 25% of videos that received the most votes become finalists and move to the second round. For two weeks, a panel of Red Bull representatives judged the videos for creativity, adventure factor, charm and energy of the team.
Then, Red Bull judges chose 15 finalists from the U.S. specifically to compete in the final challenge, which includes roundtrip airfare to Europe.
Jack Sandy, a junior studying communications, explained how the video-making process was tedious.
"You have to come up with an idea to convince them why Red Bull should choose you," Sandy said. "It was kind of like a little introduction about each of us."
Since their video was chosen, McDonald said the team will be spending a week in Europe to compete in another challenge. The final challenge will happen in October, as it has been delayed due to COVID-19.