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Competition to Showcase the Metalcasting Industry to High School Students

The Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) is proud to announce its partnership with the Blue Ocean Student Pitch Competition. This alliance will provide an opportunity for high school students who are interested in entrepreneurship to learn more about metalcasting by creating a pitch that focuses on foundry challenges in the 21st century.

High school students will create a video pitch (up to five minutes) that defines a unique solution to a problem facing the metalcasting industry or describes a new idea to improve productivity, quality or the safety of a foundry. Participation in this competition is a great way for students to showcase their entrepreneurial spirit, develop relationships with leaders in the manufacturing industry, and add to their college applications.

Brian Lewis, Executive Director of FEF stated “this effort by FEF to promote the industry at the high school level will encourage more students to consider educational opportunities that culminate in a career in metalcasting.”  Pitches will be judged by professionals in the metalcasting industry and the winner will receive a $1000 prize from FEF.

Ted Dacko, CEO, Arbor Dakota and Executive Director of the competition said “We are pleased to partner with FEF.  Having high school students pitch ideas in metalcasting will create new, exciting and Blue Ocean ideas that can trigger critical improvements in the industry.”

The competition will begin accepting video pitches in the first week of December. Individual pitches can be submitted, or students can form teams of five or less. Resources are available from the Blue Ocean Competition about Blue Ocean concepts and how to pitch.  Additional details about the competition, including free registration, can be found at . The winner will be announced on April 21, 2021.


For more information, please contact:

Brian Lewis

Executive Director

Foundry Educational Foundation

Office: (847) 490-9200

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