Ocean County, NJ – Help local high school students share ideas, answer questions about their “business,” and compete for the title of High School Entrepreneurial Team of the Year in Ocean County College’s second annual sink or swim competition. Everyone is invited to take part in this virtual event to learn more about innovations in the hometown while supporting the students. The event will take place online Friday, April 23, Registration is now possible.

The Sink or Swim competition is organized by the Business Innovation Consortium (BIC). BIC is an umbrella organization of business clubs that connects the talents and ideas of our best and brightest. Ten teams will compete with cash prizes for first, second and third place. A special scholarship is given to the student who presents the best place for his group’s project. This year’s judges are Lori Pepenella, CEO of the Southern Ocean Chamber of Commerce. Jim Mahlmann, Managing Director at Net Cetra, Michael Forcella, OCC Manager for Business Engagement, Continuing / Professional Ed, and Ms. Katie Calabrese, Director for Memberships and Projects, NACCE.

The students develop an entrepreneurial product or an entrepreneurial service. The more original the idea, the better! Each team will complete and submit a business plan. From the submissions, our first judges, both faculty members and Ocean / Kean students of the Entrepreneurial Club, will select the ten best business plans for the actual competition. These ten teams will be notified that they have been selected to showcase their product or service at our virtual event on April 23rd. Each team will select one student from their group to present a one-minute elevator seat to our second panel of judges, which includes prominent members of the Ocean County community. The judges have the opportunity to criticize / question the students about their idea.