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Sink or Swim Competition

In partnership with Phil Brilliant of the Greater Toms River Chamber of Commerce, we are pleased to invite students from local high schools to participate in what we are planning in coordination with our Business students, BIC (four business clubs), OCC Foundation, and College Relations.

Student entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to join other local high school students in competing for the title of “High School Entrepreneurial Team of the Year” and to earn trophies and monetary awards. We challenge them to gather their best, most creative student entrepreneurs and come pitch their innovative product or service before our panel of distinguished judges!

3rd Annual “Sink or Swim” Entrepreneurial Competition

Friday, April 21, 2023
8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Here’s How it Works

Students will develop a concept for an entrepreneurial product or service. The more original the idea, the better! Based on this creative concept, each team will complete a Business Plan and submit it no later than February 15, 2023.

Our first set of judges, comprised of faculty and Kean/Ocean student members of OCC’s Entrepreneurial Club, will select the top ten business plans from among the entries. Those ten teams will be notified by March 1, 2023 that they have been chosen to present their product or service at our live event, to be held on April 21, 2023 from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M. in the Ocean County College Gateway Auditorium (Building #104). Continental breakfast will be provided beginning at 8 A.M.

Register Here!

On that day, each team will have one minute to present an elevator pitch to our second set of judges, which includes prominent members of the Ocean County business community. The judges will then have an opportunity to critique/question students about their idea. Students should be prepared to respond to their critique/questions. Trophies will be awarded to the top ten finalist teams, and the top three teams will win additional monetary awards/prizes.

A scholarship for one free Ocean County College course will be given to the student who makes the perfect pitch on behalf of their team.

BIC Business Innovation Consortium Logo 2022

B.I.C (Business Innovation Consortium) is An umbrella organization of Business Clubs connecting talents and ideas from our best and brightest…we are all Business!

  • Entrepreneurs Mission – “The Entrepreneurship Club seeks to cultivate the Entrepreneurial spirit!”
  • FBLA Mission – “Advance the academic and professional knowledge within the Business Community!”
  • HRTM Mission – “Bring awareness to the world of Hospitality through experience and travel!”
  • ACCT Mission – “Understanding the Language of Business!”

To Date, BIC has about 95 members, and is growing. The group meets the last Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Chris D. Bottomley at or Sean Bips at

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