Glockner Dare to Dream


The Glockner Dare to Dream high school regional business pitch competition is an annual event 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.

The competition theme is "Heroes," because 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.

Who can participate?

The 2018/2019 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
• West Virginia: Wayne and Cabell Counties
Students and teachers with the best entrepreneurial business pitch ideas receive cash awards. In 2018, the program had $33,200 in sponsorship money, and this year's goal is $40,000.


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



November 1, 2018:        Deadline to submit letters of intent
      -- Please submit to Mike Thompson at

Mid-February 2019:       In-School competitions

February 28, 2019:         Ohio State Semi-finals at Shawnee State, 5:30 p.m.

TBD:                                Kentucky State Semi-finals

March 19, 2019:             Final Competition at Shawnee State, 5:30 p.m.



  • A preview event was held in mid-July for local school representatives. If you missed it, watch it below.


 Who won the 2018 competition?


D2D champs

Shawnee State University was proud to serve as the host of the 2018 Glockner Dare to Dream high school business pitch competition on March 20, 2018. Teams from Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia competed for a total of $30,000 in cash prizes.

The 2018 grand champion was the Russell (Ky.) High School team of Chloe Porter, MacKenzie Cole, and Bethany Bloss. They took home $7,000 for their pitch of Magna-Strength, a company that makes magnetically-enhanced workout gadgets. Congratulations to them and their team instructor, Missy Wilburn. They are pictured above with Andy and Tim Glockner, title sponsors of the event, and Mick Fosson of the Kentucky Innovation Network. Partner sponsors included WAI/Wastren Advantage and Kentucky Farmer's Bank.


Watch the 2018 competition below.



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