Thank you for visiting the Innovate Within Website and reviewing our Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy describes what information is made available to Innovate Within when you visit the Innovate Within Website and describes how that information is used and stored. The Innovate Pitch Competition is produced by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and Ball State University, and the Innovate Within Website is administered by Ball State University. Innovate Within respects your privacy and has established policies and procedures to protect confidential information accepted from visitors and contestant competitors. While Innovate Within, through its administrator Ball State University, makes use of numerous safeguards to protect information held by Innovate Within, it is important to keep in mind that no transmission of data over the Internet can be guaranteed to be completely secure and therefore Innovate Within cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to Innovate Within websites or which you may otherwise transmit via an electronic form or message. Any information you submit through the Internet is done at your own risk. Once information is accepted by Innovate Within however, we will use commercially reasonable methods and safeguards appropriate for the type and sensitivity of the information transmitted to Innovate Within.

Information Collected by the Innovate Within Website

Automatic Collection

Innovate Within does not automatically collect personally identifiable information from public website visitors. Our logs may however include the Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer used to access the applicable site as well as other information including, but not limited to:

We aggregate and use this information to determine general activity levels on our website as well as to identify broken links and related problems, and to help organize the content on our website to make the most popular content easy to find. Continued use of our website indicates consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of this information as described in this notice.

Active/Manual/Voluntary Collection

Certain sections of the Innovate Within website may ask for an email address for the purpose of sending you follow-up information. Additionally, certain sections of the Innovate Within website may ask for information about a contestant including but not limited to: name, account information, email, telephone number, address, parent/guardian, and school. Where this type of personal information is collected, the web page where it is requested will identify the purposes for which the information will be used.

Parental or Guardian consent will be required for any minor to move forward with the creation of an account for Innovate Within.

Other Methods for Gathering Information

In certain cases, Innovate Within contracts with third- party vendors to execute or provide a variety of business transactions, and in such cases we will disclose your e-mail address for the limited purpose of facilitating your request to receive additional information from Innovate Within. Third-party vendors must agree not to use information shared by Innovate Within for their own use beyond what they have contracted with Innovate Within to do, or to share or sell this information to other parties without permission.


The Innovate Within website uses cookies to help your browser keep track of your web browsing session, and also to help Innovate Within understand web browsing and usage patterns. If you have configured your web browser to reject all cookies, please be advised this may cause certain sections of the website to fail or function in unpredictable ways.

Use of Third Party Services

Third-party vendors must agree not to use information shared by Innovate Within for their own use beyond what they have contracted with Innovate Wtihin to do, or to share or sell this information to other parties without permission. The Innovate Within website use Google Analytics, a web analytics services provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). It also uses Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting, part of a larger category of features known as Google Analytics Advertising Features. Google Analytics uses cookies (described above) to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including possibly your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google.

Links to Other Sites

While visiting the Innovate Within website, you may encounter links to web pages and sites which are not owned or controlled by Innovate Within. Be aware that these remote sites are not under the control of Innovate Within and no warranty or claim concerning these services is implied or should be assumed. Remote sites may have different policies regarding privacy (or no policies at all) and hence you should avoid entering personal information into such remote sites unless you have an independent and reasonable belief these sites can and should be trusted.


The Innovate Within website is for the purpose of hosting an academic competition directed at high-school students. The website is not directed at children under the age of 13 and it is not Innovate Wtihin’s intent to collect personal information for children under the age 13. Absent a few limited exceptions, it is illegal under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) for websites to knowingly obtain personally identifiable information from a child under the age of 13 without parental consent. Innovate Within will obtain parental/guardian consent for any minor creating an account with Innovate Within.

Privacy Policy Changes

Innovate Within may occasionally make changes to its privacy policy to reflect changes in legal and regulatory requirements, or as we upgrade or modify our technology, applications, and service offerings. We recommend you visit our site occasionally to review our privacy policies.

Compelled Disclosure

Other than sharing your information with other appropriate Innovate Within personnel and units to ensure the quality, functionality, and security of our website, or manage your relationship with us, we will not disclose personally identifiable information about your use of the site except under the following circumstances:

Contact Information

If you have questions about the Innovate Within Web privacy policy or related practices, contact:

If you need to report an incident or have concerns about Innovate Within privacy or information security practices, contact: