The Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship High School Competition was founded in Maryland in 2014 by young budding entrepreneurs inspired by a blue ocean way of thinking. The aim? To help other high schoolers across their state get started on creating blue oceans, rather than me-too businesses.
The competition has since evolved from a countywide competition with 30 teams to the largest student-led high school entrepreneurship competition in the US with 254 teams from more than 94 schools and 20 states and six other countries in 2018.
The largest student-led high school entrepreneurship competition in the U.S
The competition committee, also entirely made up of high school students, decided to make this year’s competition all virtual, and as inclusive as possible for students across the US and the world. To participate, all a team had to do was submit a video with their idea. With just one catch, no videos longer than 90 seconds were accepted. 10 finalists were chosen, three winners announced, along with a ‘People’s Choice Winner’ and an award for the most creative idea. The winners even got cash prizes with up to $1000 awarded to the first place winner.
Check out the winners of this year’s Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship High School Competition
First place: PromElle
A peer-to-peer fashion app for teen girls that facilitates the rental and lending of clothes.
Second place: Pilos
A portable, flat-folding bicycle helmet for cyclists on the go.
Third place: WeTutor
A peer-to-peer tutoring app that matches struggling high school, college, and graduate students with skilled and affordable peer tutors near them.
The judges included CEOs and other leaders of the business and education communities, and sponsors including Wawa, Morgan Stanley, CitizenM Hotels and Baltimore Gas and Electrics. Their involvement was a testament to the support and encouragement given to young blue ocean entrepreneurs, who are learning to solve new problems in new ways.
To watch the videos of all 10 finalists and other participants, head to the Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition YouTube channel.