Are you a high school student looking to gain some invaluable, practical skills and expand your horizons? Participating in student competitions is a great way to achieve that and there are many benefits to competing in a prestigious, global pitch competition. These benefits will sustain you throughout your life and help you grow as an individual and professional.
Here are 9 reasons why you should participate in the Blue Ocean High School Entrepreneur Pitch Competition, the largest virtual pitch competition for high school students in the world.
Inspiration and creativity – You will learn how to be creative and think about ideas and concepts that solve problems and are unique.
Goal-setting – The competition helps you set goals for sketching, developing, recording, and submitting the pitch.
Self-confidence and sense of achievement – Whether you win or lose, there is great satisfaction in completing the task of developing an idea and submitting a pitch. There is a sense of achievement that comes with the completion of the pitch and seeing it published on our YouTube channel for others to see.
Mental toughness and resilience – Things go wrong. They always do. In addition, there can only be one winner. Learning to accept the judge’s feedback early on will help you in real-life scenarios.
Perseverance and tenacity – Completing a pitch requires perseverance. Other priorities come up and people are often tempted to abandon their pitch efforts. Completing the pitch requires you to learn to have tenacity and discipline.
Learn new practical concepts – You will learn new “Blue Ocean” concepts. These are not abstract concepts that will never be employed again but practical strategies applied by companies and organizations around the world. Learning these concepts at a young age will get you ahead in life.
Develop ideas and execute them – Ideas are cheap and great ideas are abundant but execution is everything. While you don’t actually have to fully develop your idea into a product or service, you will need to think through your idea and then execute on developing a formalized pitch for it.
Gain valuable practical experience – Life, and particularly business life, is competitive. Most of us are not blessed with athletic abilities that allow us to learn to compete physically. But a pitch competition allows the rest of us to learn to compete mentally. Competing against people around the world is much more fun than competing with students locally. And, if you want to be an entrepreneur or a business professional, this will provide you a glimpse of how to pitch an idea and compete against others.
Test yourself against the best and brightest – Testing your idea development and pitching skills against the best students in the world is the most rewarding part of the competition. Simply finishing in a top tier can provide you with confidence for the future.
Nothing happens until you take an action. Register for and submit a video pitch in the Blue Ocean High School Entrepreneur Pitch Competition.