The Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition is the largest entrepreneurship competition in the world founded by and supported by high school students. This is a virtual, global competition. Every year, 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!
We also offer valuable content and easy integration into your classroom and a simple way for students to register and participate in the competition.
We offer prize money to the top three winners as well as the top 5 schools with the most submissions (each wins $1,000). The content that we provide is worth thousands of dollars and is free to schools and teachers who register. To register, please complete the form below.
To see examples of how five different high schools around the country used the competition during the 2018-2019 school year, click the button below.
In 2018-2019, we had over 700 students register from 46 states and 15 countries. Over 550 students submitted video pitches.
It's For Everyone
It doesn't matter if you are interested in sports, STEM, the arts, or something entirely different because the Blue Ocean Competition allows everyone to pitch their revolutionary idea. In past years, we've seen pitches for both for-profit and non-profit concepts in industries including consumer products, healthcare, education, agriculture, technology, and many others.
Whatever the big idea is that your students have, the Blue Ocean Competition is the perfect platform to share it and receive feedback and mentorship from successful entrepreneurs around the world.
What's in it for your school?
By participating in the Blue Ocean Competition, your students will discover things that you simply can't teach from a book or in the classroom. After competing, your students will have a much better understanding of what it takes to start a business, pitch an idea and how the most innovative companies stand out from the rest of the pack.
They will express their creativity, improve public speaking skills, and have an opportunity to win cash prizes. Plus, you'll stand out as an innovator, increase the value that you provide to students and potentially win money for your school!
Don't Just Take Our Word For It!
Here's what some past students have to say about the Blue Ocean Competition:
“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.”
- Soham Joshi - Columbus Academy HS ‘22
"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 seemed daunting initially but we learnt how to do it effectively. The competition was an incredible learning opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs like us."
- Riya Gupta and Nishka Ayya - The Harker School - San Jose ‘19
"With top-notch competition from across the nation, students must push their creativity and business skills, which is something that everyone should be exposed to. Classes won't teach you the knowledge or mindset that you'll gain through participating in the Blue Ocean Competition.”
- Timothy Chen, River Hill HS '15
“The Blue Ocean Competition has been an amazing opportunity to fuel my desire to create my own business with one of my best friends. The competition has gained us attention and opened doors we never could have imagined.”
- Jeremy Quinn, North County HS '17
"The collaboration, thorough research, and creative thinking required to do well in this competition all fostered highly sought-after skills in the business world. I highly recommend the Blue Ocean experience to anyone interested in business, not just to those who want to become entrepreneurs."
- Carmen Lau, North County HS '16
"I would recommend all business-minded high school students to compete in the Blue Ocean Competition as you get to develop your own business plan and receive feedback from successful professionals. It is always a good idea to get a head start, and competing in the Blue Ocean Competition is an amazing opportunity to do that."
- Min An, Centennial HS '16
"The Blue Ocean Competition was a pivotal experience for me. The support of the Blue Ocean team, the quality and utility of the workshops on competition day, and the general vibe of enthusiasm and initiative showed me that my work can be relevant today - not just after I get a college degree and a job."
- Sandra Sandeep, North County HS ‘16
“The Blue Ocean Competition was one of the most intellectually challenging and rewarding experiences I had throughout the school year. By participating, you throw yourself straight into the world of entrepreneurship and innovation, learning lessons that are not taught in any classroom.”
- Ryan Bellissimo, St. Andrews School '16
The Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition exists because we believe that high school students have innovative ideas. We:
Expose students around the world to the exciting world of business
Engage students to conceive, research, develop, and present a novel business concept leveraging the tools and frameworks of Blue Ocean Strategy
Inspire & Empower high school students to find innovative solutions to problems in business and in life
Prepare students for the real world of entrepreneurship and global competition