About Our Organization

Blue Ocean Student Entrepreneurs Corporation is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization in the State of Maryland. Meet our team.

Our Mission

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

  1. Expose students around the world 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
  4. Prepare students for the real world of entrepreneurship and global competition

The Executive Committee

Brendan Brown

Plymouth High School – MI ‘21

Soham Joshi

Columbus Academy – OH ’22

Joy Xu

Montgomery Blair High School – MD ’21

Anna Tonelli

Medway High School – MA ’22

Derek He

The Woodlands College Park – TX ’21

Eric Chang

Johns Creek High School – GA ‘21

Aditya Padmaraj

Skyline High School – WA ‘21

Board of Directors

Nicholas Benavides

Founder and President
Stanford University ’19

Nestor Benavides

Board Member

Professor Renee Mauborgne

Co-Author, Blue Ocean Strategy and the New York Times Bestseller BLUE OCEAN SHIFT: Beyond Competing – Proven Steps to Inspire Confidence and Seize New Growth

Ted Dacko

Executive Director
CEO, Arbor Dakota

Jon Garofalo

Board Member
Senior Portfolio Management Director,
Morgan Stanley

Ilene Littman

Board Member
Business Education Teacher,
Ward Melville HS NY

Frank Scalese

Board Member
General Agent,
Blue Ocean Wealth Solutions

Anna Tonelli

Medway High School MA

Brendan Brown

Secretary/Student Representative
Student, Plymouth High School MI

Soham Joshi

Student, Columbus Academy OH

Brian Jordan

Co-Founder, Jordan & Jordan