Who We Are

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 plan to take the 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

2017 was a year of growth for the competition, as we expanded across the country through our virtual and Silicon Valley competitions. Check out our recap video below, and keep reading to learn more about the competition and how you can bring it to your school or state!

It's For Everyone

It doesn't matter if you are interested in sports, STEM, the arts, or something entirely different because the Blue Ocean Competition allows everyone to pitch their revolutionary idea. In past years, we've seen pitches for both for-profit and non-profit concepts in industries including consumer products, healthcare, education, agriculture, technology, and many others.

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.

What's in it for you?


By participating in the Blue Ocean Competition, you'll discover things that you simply can't learn from a book or in the classroom. After competing, you'll have a much better understanding of what it takes to start a business and how the most innovative companies stand out from the rest of the pack.

You'll express your creativity, improve your public speaking skills, and have an opportunity to win cash prizes. Plus, you'll stand out in your college applications by showcasing your big ideas and entrepreneurial spirit!




At our events, you'll hear from highly acclaimed speakers with decades of experience in the business world. Past speakers and workshop presenters include local entrepreneurs, authors, professors, and CEOs.

Our workshops a great way to learn about various aspects of business and apply specific concepts in marketing, finance, strategy, and more. We also host online webinars to teach Blue Ocean Strategy and answer your questions along the way!

Don't Just Take Our Word For It!

Here's what some past competitors have to say about the Blue Ocean Competition:

"Competing in 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 got a college degree and a job.

"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."

- Sandra Sandeep, North County HS ‘16


“The Blue Ocean Competition was one of the most intellectually challenging and rewarding experiences I had throughout the school year. By participating, you throw yourself straight into the world of entrepreneurship and innovation, learning lessons that are not taught in any classroom.”

- Ryan Bellissimo, St. Andrews School '16


"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.”

- Timothy Chen, River Hill HS '15


“The Blue Ocean Competition has been an amazing opportunity to fuel my desire to create my own business with one of my best friends. The competition has gained us attention and opened doors we never could have imagined.”

- Jeremy Quinn, North County HS '17


"The collaboration, thorough research, and creative thinking required to do well in this competition all fostered highly sought-after skills in the business world. I highly recommend the Blue Ocean experience to anyone interested in business, not just to those who want to become entrepreneurs."

- Carmen Lau, North County HS '16


"I would recommend all business-minded high school students to compete in the Blue Ocean Competition as you get to develop your own business plan and receive feedback from successful professionals. It is always a good idea to get a head start, and competing in the Blue Ocean Competition is an amazing opportunity to do that."

- Min An, Centennial HS '16

Our Mission

The Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition exists because we believe that high school students have innovative ideas.  We:

  1. Expose students across the United States to the exciting world of business

  2. Engage students to conceive, research, develop, and present a novel business concept leveraging the tools and frameworks of Blue Ocean Strategy

  3. Inspire & Empower high school students to find innovative solutions to problems in business and in life

Blue Ocean Strategy 

Our competition is inspired by the ideas and message of the international bestseller Blue Ocean Strategy, co-authored by Professors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. Blue Ocean Strategy 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 strategy in their ideas and pitches. Our leadership team works closely with the Blue Ocean Strategy Network to ensure that competitors have great resources to learn about Blue Ocean Strategy and get the best experience possible.


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