The Blue Ocean Awards, directly inspired by Blue Ocean Strategy | Shift, were created in 2014 to recognize the most innovative and ambitious French entrepreneurs that are striving to create a blue ocean in their industries. The Blue Ocean Awards are a great opportunity for companies to be highlighted in one of the most prestigious competitions.
The 5th edition – organized by HEC Paris, AXESSIO and the DGE (Directorate General of Enterprise) – has grown tremendously with sponsors and partners such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Forbes, Bred, Carrefour, EDF, INPI (National Institute of Industrial Property) and many others, and is officially supported and hosted by the French Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Out of 400 submissions, 19 French companies passed the first screening. Over September and October, the jury met these 19 finalists who presented their companies and interacted with them during Q&A sessions.
The 2018 jury is composed of top executives from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, EDF, Carrefour, HEC Paris, DGE, INPI, AXESSIO, Davidson Consulting, Innovation Finance, Cap Digital, Pink Innov ‘, Techsap West, IE-Club and many investors such as Cape Horn Invest, Newfund, Serena Capital or the Women Business Angels network.
Come and meet the finalists and discover their offerings at the “Salon des Finalistes” during the day, with a grand finale in the evening featuring the closing ceremony. The exhibition and ceremony take place on November 6, 2018 at the Ministry of Economy and Finance (get your free tickets here: https://blue-ocean-awards.eventbrite.fr ).
The winners, selected by the jury, will be invited to the closing ceremony to explain their experience and receive their Blue Ocean Award and a copy of Blue Ocean Shift. As usual, three categories of prizes are planned: Baby, Mentor and Societal. In addition, a special “Legend” award will be given this year to one of the 16 historic awards.
PS: A new Blue Ocean Awards dedicated to companies from the Southwest of France will take place in Bordeaux in 2019!