Purdue University Northwest (PNW) and the Society of Innovators at PNW will host the Innovate WithIN Region 6 Finals during a live event in Alumni Hall at the PNW Hammond campus on Monday, April 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Innovate WithIN is the most elite pitch competition in the country for aspiring high school innovators and entrepreneurs. Student contestants have an opportunity to win $25,000 in funding, tuition and other prizes.

Eleven teams were selected from over 400 regional applicants to compete live in the Northwest Indiana Region 6 competition for a chance to win $1,000 and participation in the state finals. Region finalists that will compete on April 18 include:

Certikey: Conner Niemann, Andrew Navarro and Brett Herrin (Hobart High School)

-Clockworks of Indiana: Ethan Pinegar and Leandra Kelly (Hobart High School)

-Flower Power: Morgan Sanchez and Elijah Puente (Hobart High School)

-Outpost193: Ethan Lucas (Valparaiso High School)

-Patchables: Kayla Davis and Isis Fleming (Hobart High School)

-Picopack: Vance Vojslavek and Patrick Rall (Valparaiso High School)

-PupWizz: Jacob Thometz, Emma Miles and Sierra Sweeney (Munster High School)

-RepelSand: Braedon Rossetti and James Dillabaugh (Valparaiso High School)

-SimaraJae Creations: Simara Jenkins (Michigan City High School)

-SupDog: Teresa Burzynski, Daniella Nahnsen and Thomas Choros (Munster High School)

-WRM Medical Bands: Jelena Kolundzija (Hobart High School)


Purdue Northwest is offering additional incentives to participants and winners of Innovate WithIN who enroll at the university:

-A one-year (non-renewable) full tuition scholarship will be offered to 1st place winners (at the NWI regional competition), once the winner is enrolled as a full-time student

-A one-year full tuition and room & board scholarship will be offered to 1st place winners at the state competition, once the winner is enrolled as a full-time student

-A $250 book scholarship will be offered to any IWI participant who registers as a full-time student at PNW

-Students whose teams place (1st, 2nd, or 3rd) at the regional and/or state competition will have an opportunity to intern with the Society of Innovators or the NWI Small Business Development Center, if they enroll as a degree-seeking student at PNW

For more information about financial incentives for Innovate WithIN participants or to learn more about enrolling at PNW, please contact admissions@pnw.edu.

The region finals are open to the public. More information and free registration can be found at  pnw.edu/innovate-within.