High school entrepreneurs across Indiana will pitch their ideas to an expert panel in a competition sponsored by Ball State University in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and the Indiana Department of Education.

Innovate WithIN Pitch Competition will foster entrepreneurialism across Indiana, helping the state’s youth acquire skills and expertise to support long-term growth as the next generation of leaders.

Participants will receive feedback from experienced professionals while competing against like-minded individuals. After online submissions and regional rounds, one innovator or team from each region will be invited to come to Indianapolis to pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to win a prize package worth more than $100,000.

The deadline for video submissions is Feb. 10. Regional competitions will take place March 5 to 9 and March 12 to 16 at sites around the state. The finals will be April 9.

Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns said Ball State is a natural partner for the project because the university produces smart, resourceful and innovative graduates.

The pitch competition is part of the state’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. Through this initiative, Indiana is working to build the nation’s top environment for innovative ideas to transform into high-growth companies and industry leaders. Spearheaded by Gov. Eric Holcomb, this plan will strengthen an environment that enables big ideas to thrive in our state, foster talent that will fuel the ideas’ growth and drive investment capital to take those ideas to the market, according to a news release.

For more information, visit innovatewithin.org.

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