Winners from the 2021 Blue Ocean Competition

This year more than 2000 students submitted their pitches for the competition and all blue ocean pitches were judged by a panel of distinguished judges comprised of professors, businesspeople, serial entrepreneurs, and thought leaders.

We are proud to announce the winners of the 2021 edition! The panel of judges had a very hard time selecting the winners. Check out the inspiring winning blue ocean pitches below.

AWARD = $1,000

First Place

KELPNET

Jessica Liu

White Oaks Secondary School
Oakville, Ontario Canada

AWARD = $750

Second Place

Inside The Box

Victoria Hagenlocker, Porter Bowen, Sabrina Sharma, Alejandro Antorcha, Daniel Hagenlocker

Gulliver Preparatory
Miami, Florida, USA

AWARD = $500

Third Place

Upcycle Insulation

Katherine Shaw, Emily Shaw

West Essex High School
Caldwell, New Jersey, USA

AWARD = $1,000

Best Social Pitch

WithMe

Harish Kolli, Kailin Tan, Mahi Ravi

Westwood High School
Austin, Texas, USA

AWARD = $1,000

Best Health Care Pitch

Med Alert

Vedant Nahar, Ankit Macherla, Lucas Walsh

Scripts Ranch High School
San Diego, California, USA

AWARD = $1,000

Best Metallurgy Pitch

SolarShock

Kevin Lu, Ashutosh Kandala, Arvin Zhang, Henry Liu

Portola High School
Irvine, California, USA

AWARD = $750

Most Popular Pitch

AnomaTek

Tanish Jain, Sumanth Kalluru, Nimesh Rudra, Sashvad Satish Kumar

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

4th PLACE

WithMe

Harish Kolli
Kailin Tan
Mahi Ravi

Westwood High School
Austin, Texas, USA

5th PLACE

Med Alert

Vedant Nahar
Ankit Macherla
Lucas Walsh

Scripts Ranch High School
San Diego, California, USA

6th PLACE

BubbleOn Technologies

Sohini Banerjee
Sanchali Banerjee

Thomas Jefferson High School
for Science and Technology
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Top 8 High Schools with the Most Submissions – $1,000

  • Irvington High School, Freemont, CA, USA

  • Ward Melville High School, East Setauket, New York, USA

  • Spanish River Community High School, Boca Raton, Florida, USA

  • South Brunswick High School, Monmouth, New Jersey, USA

  • Herningsholm Erhversgymnasium, Herning, Denmark

  • Barrington High School, Barrington, Il, USA

  • Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA, USA

  • Monte Vista High School, Cupertino, CA, USA

Top High School most Pitches in the Top 25 – $1,000

  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA, USA

Congratulations to all the winners!

Warm thanks to the judges and to the teachers involved for guiding your students.

And big thanks to all the participants. You may not have won this year, but we hope you had fun getting your innovative ideas heard, and learned a lot in the process. You are an inspiration.

Last but not least, a VERY special thanks to Ted Dacko, the Executive Director of the Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition, for leading this incredible competition.

For all high school students who are not graduating this year, stay tuned and register for next year’s competition!