Blue Ocean Competition

About the Competition

In 2018-2019, we saw:


550+ Participants


90+ High Schools


26 US States


8 Countries


4 Individual Competition Winners and 5 School Winners

see the News Tab for this year’s winners

Who Are We?

The Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition is the largest entrepreneurship competition in the United States founded by and supported by high school students. Every year, individuals and/or 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!


First Prize $1,000

Second Prize $750

Third Prize $500

People's Choice Award $750

$1,000 Prize to the top 5 schools who bring in the most submissions

Plus, this year we will award a $1,000 prize to the school that has the most students or teams that make the Top 25 pitches

Pitches should be 3 to 5 minutes in length.  If you are unsure about how to pitch or what to pitch, see the Content page on this site on how to do a pitch and also how the scoring will be done.  All pitches should be submitted by January 17, 2020.  Judges will begin evaluating pitches in January.  We will pick the top 50 submissions by late February 3, the top 25 by February 17 the top 10 submissions by March 2 and announce the winners on March 16.   We will notify all entrants on the status of their pitches as judging is completed.

Video submission for this contest will be accepted beginning on Monday October 14, 2019.  There is a submissions tab at the top of this website at that time.

We will also announce a People’s Choice Award ($750) winner on March 16 2020. All pitches submitted will be uploaded to our youtube channel "Blue Ocean Competition".  To win, simply receive the most “likes” on that channel.  Direct your friends and relatives to this page once submitted.

To learn how the scoring will be done by  the competition judges, please visit the Content Page of this website and see the "Rubric" section.  

Last year, we our competition featured individuals and teams from 26 states, 8 countries and more than 90 high schools! This year, we are taking competition to the next level by strengthening our presence in high schools and better engaging teachers to both promote the competition and, where possible, use he competition in their classrooms..

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.

Past Competitors


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Soham Joshi, Columbus Academy

HS '22

"I believe the Blue Ocean is a competition that spurs innovation, individuality and fosters out of the box thinking. A must for all the creative and budding entrepreneurs out there.."

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Riya Gupta and Nishka Ayyar,

The Harker School HS San Jose'19

"The Blue Ocean Pitch Competition was a fantastic platform for us to not just get validation for our idea but also learn about many new innovative products and services created by other high school students like us from all over the country. Pitching our idea in 90 seconds seemed daunting initially but we learnt how to do it effectively. The competition itself was very well managed and was an incredible learning opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs like us."


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.

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Professor Renee Mauborgne and Chan Kim

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