Competition Details

Ball State University, in conjunction with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) is hosting a one-of-a-kind pitch competition open to all high school students in the state of Indiana. This competition will serve high school innovators who have an idea for a business, product, service, technology component, or other venture that helps identify Indiana as THE place to start and grow a business or other venture that helps drive the state forward and sustain economic success.

With support from a series of educational training videos, students from all over Indiana will learn will learn how to generate ideas, identify opportunities, and make an excellent pitch. No business planning experience is needed – we will help guide you through the entire process, starting with idea generation and ending with how to give a well-crafted pitch.

Innovate WithIN Participant Rules

  1. Students must submit a one page executive summary outlining their business venture in addition to their application.
  2. Students can work in teams of 1-3, but members of teams must all be from the same region).
  3. The venture must include a recurring revenue model demonstrating that it is self-sustaining.
  4. The venture can be for a product, service, platform, or system.
  5. Teams moving beyond the first round must demonstrate that thorough customer validation has been completed.

Round One

Submit your video pitch and typed executive summary to the Innovate WithIN website.

Pitch Submissions Due February 6, 2019

  1. Teams can begin uploading in January.
  2. Prepare a one-page executive summary outlining the business idea and market opportunity.
  3. Complete and submit the Future Innovators of Indiana application.
  4. Optional slide deck (PowerPoint, Keynote, or PDF) of no more than 10 slides.
  5. Practice and record a 3-5 minute pitch. (do NOT go over!)

Winners announced on or before February, and invited to compete at their regional competition. Feedback from judges will be compiled and returned to each team in an effort to encourage them to continue developing the venture.

Round Two

Pitch in front of a panel of judges in your region! The top ten online submissions per region will compete in a live regional competition. Judging will take place within each region. Participants must qualify for this round based on placement in round one.

Regional Competitions March 4-15, 2019

  1. Students should continue to refine their venture.
  2. Students should prepare a slide deck (20 slides maximum) to accompany a 3-5 minute pitch.
  3. Students must demonstrate that they implemented feedback received in Round 1.
  4. Students must be prepared to answer 3-5 minutes of judges’ questions.
  5. All members must speak.

Regional Competition Times and Locations

Round Three

Pitch in front of a panel of judges in Indianapolis. The finalists from each of the nine regions will come together to pitch to a panel of experts in Indianapolis, IN in April 2018. Participants must qualify for this round based on placement in round two.

State Competition April

  1. Students should continue to refine their venture.
  2. Students should conduct a significant amount of customer validation and implement feedback into their new presentation.
  3. Students should prepare a slide deck (20 slides maximum) to accompany a 5-7 minute pitch.
  4. Students must demonstrate that they implemented feedback received in Rounds 1-2.
  5. Students must be prepared to answer 5-7 minutes of judges’ questions.
  6. All members must speak.
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