About Our Competition

The Blue Ocean High School Entrepreneurship Competition is the most prestigious pitch competition for high school students in the world.

Who We Are

The Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition is the most prestigious, virtual entrepreneurship competition in the world 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.

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What is 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.

Watch this video to understand the essence of Blue Ocean Strategy and be sure to visit the Blue Ocean Strategy website to learn more.

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This map shows the locations of the students who registered for the Blue Ocean Student Entrepreneur Pitch Competition. Click on the pins to see the school names.

Prizes

  • $1,000 for First Place

  • $750 for Second Place

  • $500 for Third Place

  • $1,000 for Best Social Pitch

  • $750 for People’s Choice Award (Combination YouTube likes and judges vote)

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

  • $1,000 to the school that has the most students or teams that make the Top 25 pitches

  • $1,000 special prize funded by Canopy Innovations for the best Health Care pitch

  • $1,000 special prize funded by the Foundry Educational Foundation for the best pitch in Metalcasting

How to Compete

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 February 18, 2022. We will go through 4 rounds of judging and announce the winners on April 18, 2022. 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 25, 2021. 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 April 18, 2022. 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 Pitch Resources Page.

Key Dates for the 2022 Competition

  • February 18, 2022 – Registration Ends for the 2021/2022 school year.
  • February 18, 2022 – Video Submissions Due by 8:00 pm EST 

  • April 18, 2022 – Winners Announced

Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose is to help high school students learn more about entrepreneurship, how to pitch an idea and the concepts around Blue Ocean.

No. There are articles and course on the content page of the website that can provide students with information on Blue Ocean. However, we would like to see students use concepts from Blue Ocean like a Strategy Canvas, or Three Tiers of Non-Customers (etc).

No. Any idea is a great idea.

Students can enroll directly on the website or by texting the words “blue ocean” to (855) 700-8689. We are accepting enrollments now.

There is a submissions page on our website and we will be accepting submissions as of October 25, 2021.

Either is fine. Last year, half of the pitches were from individuals and half were from teams.

You just have to be a high school student with an idea and a 3-5 minute pitch.

There is a rubric published on the Pitch Resources page of our website which explains the scoring algorithm.

We are accepting pitches of any length up to 5 minutes. Most pitches should be in the 3-5 minute range.

Please submit your pitch presentation in English as either an mp4, qt, webm, mov, wmv or flv file. Files must be under 1 gigabyte.

Our website has valuable content that will help you with how to develop an idea and how to pitch an idea. This is located on the Pitch Resources page.

We have secured the commitment from dozens of professional entrepreneurs around the country who will be evaluating the pitches based on the competition criteria.

We will attempt to provide feedback on all pitches received.

Absolutely. We are not competing with any other competition and welcome pitches that have been submitted elsewhere.

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