Applications for the 2019 Innovate WithIN pitch competition are now open to high school students across Indiana.

Innovate WithIN gives Hoosier students the opportunity to create their own business plans and showcase entrepreneurial ideas. 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 the state.

The competition is split into nine regions based on school districts, and students compete against others in their area for the chance to pitch at the state level. 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.

New to this year’s program, middle school students will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops aimed at fostering entrepreneurial and critical-thinking skills while introducing them to real-world business concepts.

To apply, students must register online and submit a video pitch before the Feb. 6 deadline. To learn more about the competition, watch last year’s winning pitches, and find tips on how to prepare, visit innovatewithin.org.

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