Innovate WithIN- Indiana’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

Don Wettrick
Presenter(s): Don Wettrick

The Innovate WithIN Pitch Competition is the largest pitch competition in the country for aspiring high school innovators and entrepreneurs. Not only does Innovate WithIN help launch more new ideas than any other pitch competition, but we drive the largest impact for contestants and offer the largest prize package.

Winners receive $10,000 in seed funding, $10,000 in tuition to any college in Indiana, and a once-in-a-lifetime entrepreneurial travel experience. WE WANT MORE EDUCATORS, PARENTS, and STUDENTS TO BE INVOLVED!

The competition works in three phases: submission, regionals, and finals.

In the submission phase, students will form a team (solo or up to three people), and will participate in a guided business planning process and submit their plan and a video recording of their pitch.

After submissions have been collected from across the state, students will then be notified if they move onto the regional phase. In this phase, the state is divided into 9 regions and 10 teams are selected from their video submissions to compete in a regional competition. Applicants will prepare a pitch deck, collaborate with mentors from their regional Indiana Small Business Development Center, and pitch at the regional finals event. Each student on the winning team for the regional competition will receive $1,000. These 9 winners (as well as one wildcard team) will be given.

Finally, students will participate in an entrepreneurial boot camp equipping their new idea with the foundations of a market-ready business over the course of 30-days. This culminates in the state finals where student teams will again pitch their business to a series of judges in government, venture capital, and leadership positions from across the state. Each member of the winning team will receive $10,000 in seed funding for the new business and $10,000 in tuition to their choice of Indiana college. All state finalists will then spend the next 4 days traveling to a city outside of Indiana to meet celebrity entrepreneurs, world-class business leaders, and drive insights on how their Indiana business can learn from startups and large enterprises from around the nation.

To participate, students must:

  • Be a high-school aged youth (14-18 years old) OR enrolled in an Indiana Highschool
  • Reside in Indiana
  • Apply to participate at
  • Submit each of the requirements through the Innovate WithIN Submission portal prior to February 28, 2021

Key Competition Dates

  • Jan 1 – Feb 28 Submissions open
  • March 19th Regional Contestants will be notified
  • April 19 – 30 Regional Competitions
  • May 10 – June 18 Boot Camp
  • June 19 The State Finals
  • June 21 – 24ish Immersion Trip

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