Hoosier students are invited to pitch ideas in statewide competition

Applications for the 2019 Innovate WithIN pitch competition, a statewide initiative hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Indiana Department of Education and Ball State University, are now open to high school students across Indiana.

Student teams are invited to submit video pitches online before Feb. 6, and new to this year’s program, middle school students interested in entrepreneurship are invited to register for workshops offered at the regional competitions in early 2019.

“As a state, we’re committed to cultivating Indiana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and that effort begins in the classroom,” said Gov. Eric J. Holcomb said.

Innovate WithIN, which is in its second year, gives Hoosier students the opportunity to create their own business plans and showcase entrepreneurial ideas throughout the state. The overall winners of the state competition will each receive a $10,000 cash prize, $10,000 toward one year of in-state tuition, internship opportunities and mentoring services.

Participants are invited to work individually or in small groups to submit an innovative idea for a business, product, service or venture.

Students will then receive feedback from experienced professionals while competing against like-minded youth from across Indiana through three rounds:
Round One: Video pitch submissions due Feb. 6
Round Two: Regional pitch competitions hosted from March 4 to March 15
Final Round: State pitch competition for regional finalists hosted in April

After completing video pitches and regional competitions, the finalists from each region will be invited to Indianapolis for the final round of the competition, pitching their ideas to a panel of judges from Indiana’s entrepreneurial community.

In 2018, the inaugural Innovate WithIN competition drew 86 online applications from more than 290 Hoosier students at more than 65 high schools.

Submit applications and learn more about the program at InnovateWithIN.org.