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Blue Ocean High School Pitch Competition Announces Appointment of Ted Dacko as Executive Director

Blue Ocean Student Entrepreneurs Corp (BOSE), the organizer of the Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition, the premier entrepreneurial competition for high school students, today announced Ted Dacko is appointed to the role of Executive Director – a critical leadership appointment supporting strategic growth of the competition.

The Blue Ocean Entrepreneurship Competition is the largest student-led entrepreneurship competition in the United States. Every year more than 250 teams from 90 schools and 23 states pitch their innovative concepts to experienced entrepreneurs and businesspeople, receive feedback on their ideas, and compete for cash prizes. Nicholas Benavides, Centennial High School Alumni & Stanford University Bachelor candidate, founded the organization in 2014 with a mission to educate and excite students about entrepreneurship using the real-life lessons and concepts covered in the Blue Ocean Strategy and Blue Ocean Shift books.

“This appointment helps the organization to grow into the kind of competition that we always envisioned,” said Benavides. “Ted Dacko’s commitment to Blue Ocean principles and his vast entrepreneurial experience will be hugely beneficial to the thousands of high school students that we hope to bring into the program.”

Added Blue Ocean co-author Renée Mauborgne: “We are very excited to welcome Ted Dacko into this role. We have highlighted his Blue Ocean accomplishments in our latest book, Blue Ocean Shift, and now we can utilize his skills to enhance this already great program.”

Dacko has over 44 years of experience in executive-level management and leadership in Sales, Marketing, M&A and the Chief Executive Office, including serving as CEO of HealthMedia® Inc. A nationally-recognized thought-leader and speaker, Dacko currently serves as founder and principal consultant at Arbor Dakota Strategies. Dacko is also a mentor and board member for several early-stage tech companies and teaches at the University of Michigan in the Center for Entrepreneurship.

“I am honored to be joining this great program,” said Dacko. “Our aim is to bring this competition to every high school in the United States – ensuring that these smart, innovative youth are fully prepared to enter the entrepreneurial marketplace armed with the proven Blue Ocean strategies.”

Registration for the 2018-2019 competition term will begin in September. State and local governments, economic development organizations, and high school or higher education institutions seeking to participate should contact [email protected].

About the Blue Ocean Student Entrepreneurs Corporation (BOSE):

A registered 501c3 nonprofit organization, BOSE was inspired by the over 3.6 million copy international bestseller, Blue Ocean Strategy, by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne. That and Kim and Mauborgne’s recently released indispensable follow up, the #1 Wall Street Journal and NY Times bestseller, Blue Ocean Shift (Hachette) provide the roadmap, tools and practical guidance for all organizations to go beyond competing, seize new growth and create blue oceans of lucrative new market space. To learn more visit: http://blueoceancompetition.org

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