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

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 arbordakota@me.com.

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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