Blue Ocean Competition

Why should your school get involved?

    The Blue Ocean competition is national, virtual (all submissions are done via the web) and student-run (except for the judging).

    Promoting entrepreneurship and helping to educate students can be a valuable additional service that you provide.  This opportunity offers great educational content and experience and costs you nothing in terms of time, money or effort.  We ask nothing except that you make your high school students aware of the program. 

    Blue Ocean Strategy and Blue Ocean Shift are two of the most popular business books of the century and are often required reading at the country’s top colleges and universities.  Helping your students get a jump on this education can be valuable to their growth.  The authors are Dr. Chan Kim and Dr. Renée Mauborgne. 

    In our competition, teams made up of 1-3 high school students generate an innovative idea for a new business concept, create a very simple business plan, present it to seasoned entrepreneurs, network, and compete for thousands in cash prizes! (see About Page) This year, we are hosting a nationwide virtual competition, in which students can submit a 3 to 5 minute video on their Blue Ocean idea.  We provide educational content to teach them how to do a pitch.

The value to your students is:

  • Learn about entrepreneurship

  • Practice how to do pitch an idea

  • Get pitches evaluated by professionals

  • Learn about Blue Ocean concepts and receive a valuable certificate

  • Have fun

  • Win money

  • Add to resume

The value to your school is:

  • Promote entrepreneurship

  • Easy to promote Little effort, no cost

  • Educational (content)

  • BOS is required reading in most colleges. This gets students a head start on the content. Course and certificate available

  • Can get a webinar for your school if you get 5 or more pitches

  • Huge publicity if one of your students wins

Simply have your students text the words “Blue Ocean” to (855) 700-8689  We will take it from there!!!

Pitches should be 3 to 5 minutes in length.  All pitches should be submitted by January 18, 2019.  Judges will begin evaluating pitches in January.  We will pick the top 20 submissions by February 11, the top 10 submissions by February 28 and announce the winners on March 15.   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 15, 2018. There is a submissions tab at the top of this website.

We will also announce a People’s Choice Award ($750) winner on March 15. All pitches submitted ill be uploaded to our youtube channel "Blue Ocean Competition".  To win, the student will simply receive the most “likes” on that channel.

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2017 Participating Schools

More than 80 schools from 18 states have joined the Blue Ocean movement!

What is your high school waiting for?

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology - Alexandria, VA

Walter Payton College Prep - Chicago, IL

Lynbrook High School - San Jose, CA

Bergen County Academies - Hackensack, NJ

STEM School and Academy - Ranch, CO

Eastside High School - Gainesville, FL

Round Rock High School - Round Rock, TX

Mercer Island High School - Mercer Island, WA

Cupertino High School - Cupertino, CA

Guilderland High School - Guilderland Center, NY

East Chapel Hill High School - Chapel Hill, NC

Milpitas High School - Milpitas, CA

Poolesville High School - Poolesville, MD

Design Tech High School - Burlingame, CA

Archmere Academy - Claymont, DE

Arcadia High School - Arcadia, CA

Syosset High School - Syosset, NY

Northwest Guilford High School - Greensboro, NC

Monta Vista High School - Cupertino, CA

Plano East Senior High School - Plano, TX

Homestead High School - Cupertino, CA

Richard Montgomery High School - Rockville, MD

John Adams Academy - Roseville, CA

Ravenwood High School - Brentwood, TN

St. Anne's Belfield School - Charlottesville, VA

Monte Vista High School - Danville, CA

Thomas S. Wootton High School - Rockville, MD

T. C. Williams High School - Alexandria, VA

The John Carroll School - Bel Air, MD

Flint Hill High School - Oakton, VA

Franklin High School - Reisterstown, MD

John F. Kennedy High School - Sacramento, CA

Concord High School - Wilmington, DE

Annapolis High School - Annapolis, MD

Albany Academy - Albany, NY

Folsom High School - Folsom, CA

Colonel Zadok A. Magruder High School - Rockville, MD

Irvington High School - Fremont, CA

New Hope Academy - Landover Hills, MD

Gyan Bharti Senior Secondary School - India

India International School - Bengaluru, India

Collegiate School - New York, NY

Maritime Academy Charter High School - Philadelphia, PA

Westlake High School - Atlanta, GA

Brentwood High School - Brentwood, TN

Dublin Scioto High School - Dublin, OH

Earl Wooster High School - Reno, NV

White Station High School - Memphis, TN

Notre Dame High School - Los Angeles, CA

Wissahickon High School - Ambler, PA

Troy High School - Troy, MI

Algonquin Regional High School - Northborough, MA

Centennial High School - Ellicott City, MD

Alma Heights Christian High School - Pacifica, CA

Germantown High School - Germantown, TN

Dougherty Valley High School - San Ramon, CA

W.T. Woodson High School - Fairfax, VA

Mount Saint Joseph High School - Baltimore, MD

River Hill High School - Columbia, MD

North Valleys High School - Reno, NV

American High School - Fremont, CA

Winston Churchill High School - Potomac, MD

The Tatnall School - Wilmington, DE

Atholton High School - Columbia, MD

Stuyvesant High School - New York, NY

Warren High School - Downey, CA

Rye Country Day School - Rye, NY

Stanford University Online High School - Stanford, CA

Walt Whitman High School - Bethesda, MD

Norwalk High School - Norwalk, CA

Mount Pleasant High School - Wilmington, DE

San Ramon Valley High School - Danville, CA

Academy of the Holy Cross - Kensington, MD

University High School - Los Angeles, CA

Bellarmine College Preparatory - San Jose, CA

El Rancho High School - Pico Rivera, CA

Marriotts Ridge High School - Marriottsville, MD

Paint Branch High School - Burtonsville, MD

Washington High School - Princess Anne, MD

Athenian School - Danville, CA

The Excelsior Academy - MD

M. P. Birla Foundation Higher Secondary School - Kolkata, India