Blue Ocean Competition

Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition




Registration is Open for the       2018 Blue Ocean    Entrepreneurship Competition!

Interested in entrepreneurship? You've come to the right place. Here's what you need to do for your chance to win $3000 in cash prizes for an original business idea. We'll also be awarding the 3 high schools with the most teams $1000 each.

  1. Register for the competition by January 31st by clicking the button below.
  2. Attend kickoff webinars in early February to get your questions answered and get help brainstorming ideas. IMPORTANT: You don't need to have your idea by the time you register.
  3. Create a 90-second video describing your business idea by March 3rd, which will be judged by accomplished entrepreneurs and businesspeople from around the country. 

Who Are We?

The Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition is the largest entrepreneurship competition in the United States run by and for high school students. Every year, teams pitch their innovative business concepts to experienced entrepreneurs and businesspeople, receive feedback on their ideas, join a community of like-minded students, and compete for thousands in cash prizes!

Last year, we hosted our first national competition, boasting teams from 18 states and more than 80 high schools in the United States! This year, we are taking competition to the next level by strengthening our presence around the country and streamlining the competition process to make the program more accessible to busy students from coast to coast.


2017 Competition Recap


Whatever your big idea is, the Blue Ocean Competition is the perfect platform to share it and receive feedback and mentorship from successful entrepreneurs around the country.

Don't Just Take Our Word For It!



Sandra Sandeep, 

North County HS '16

"The Blue Ocean Competition was a pivotal experience for me. The support of the Blue Ocean team, the quality and utility of the workshops on competition day, and the general vibe of enthusiasm and initiative showed me that my work can be relevant today - not just after I get a college degree and a job."


Timothy Chen, River Hill HS '15

"With top-notch competition from across the nation, students must push their creativity and business skills, which is something that everyone should be exposed to. Classes won't teach you the knowledge or mindset that you'll gain through participating in the Blue Ocean Competition.”


Blue Ocean Shift | Blue Ocean Strategy 

Our competition is inspired by the ideas and message of the international bestseller Blue Ocean Strategy and the just released New York Times bestseller Blue Ocean Shift, co-authored by Professors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. Blue Ocean Strategy | Shift is about creating value for consumers and eliminating competition with innovative ideas and business models. At the Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition, we challenge our competitors to channel Blue Ocean thinking in their ideas and pitches. Our leadership team works closely with the Blue Ocean Global Network to ensure that competitors have great resources to learn the strategy and apply it to their own business ideas.


Professor Renee Mauborgne with our team at the 2016 Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition in Ellicott City, MD.

Be Inspired. Be Blue Ocean. Make a BLUE OCEAN SHIFT.