Glockner Dare to Dream Pitch Competition


The Glockner Dare to Dream high school regional business pitch competition is an annual event held at Shawnee State University that gives area high school students the opportunity to create a business idea and pitch it to a panel of judges for the chance to win thousands of dollars in prize money.

This event exposes local high school students to entrepreneurial heroes in our local region and encourages them to dream of becoming one in the future.

Stay updated by following the competition’s Facebook page or the Glockner Dare to Dream website.

2019 Winners — Yak Rak —
Portsmouth High School


(Photo credit: Ed Litteral)

2019 Glockner Dare to Dream

The championship for the fourth annual Glockner Dare to Dream high school business competition was held on March 19, 2019, at Shawnee State’s Kricker Innovation Hub. Fourteen teams from Ohio and Kentucky pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges to compete for a total of $34,000 in prize money.

The winning team, Yak Rak from Portsmouth High School, presented an idea for a rack that attaches to a vehicle and can hold kayaks, paddle boards, surfboards, and other supplies. They won a total of $7,750 for both the championship and the prize for the Most Viable Business Idea.

Pictured from left are April Perry, head of the judging team; Mike Thompson, contest coordinator; Andy Glockner, title sponsor; Chloe Minton, Emily Jones, Aiden Donges, and Autumn Wright of PHS; Steve Moore, partner sponsor; and Nate Kline, PHS Business Instructor and team coach. 

You can read info about all the winners HERE.

Who can participate?

The Glockner Dare to Dream competition is open to students who attend high schools in the following regions:

  • Ohio: Lawrence, Scioto, Pike, Gallia, Adams, and Jackson Counties

  • Kentucky: Lawrence, Boyd, Greenup, and Carter Counties

Students and teachers with the best entrepreneurial business pitch ideas receive cash awards. In 2019, the program had $34,000 in sponsorship money.

What is a pitch competition?

Entrepreneurial teams consisting of three to five high school students each take the stage to pitch a business idea to a panel of business experts. This can be a high school class project led by a teacher, an after school project led by a volunteer, or a team formed by a group of individual students. There is no obligation or cost to the school or students who participate in this program. A Dare to Dream representative will be available to talk to all participants to assist them in preparing for the competition.


If you have questions, contact:
Mike Thompson, Primary Contact
Mick Fosson, Co-Chair
Angie Duduit, Shawnee State University

2020 Timeline of Events

November 2019
Letters of Intent are due. See HERE for more information.

February 2020
In-School competitions

February/March 2020
Ohio and Kentucky Semi-finals

Mid-March 2020
Final Competition

Watch our 2018 competition below. Our 2019 video is coming soon!