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2022 Innovate WithIN Region 6 Finals at Purdue Northwest

April 18, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm


The most elite high school pitch competition in the country, Innovate WithIN is Indiana’s annual high school pitch competition! It allows high schoolers from every region of the state a chance to pitch their entrepreneurial idea for a chance at $25,000 and the opportunity to collaborate with world-class innovators to help turn their business from a dream into a reality.

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 to 5:00 p.m. The finals are open to the public, and registration is free!

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Alumni Hall
Student Union and Library Building
PNW Hammond Campus

About the Event

“Region 6 has always been a leader in producing top talent. In a day and age where we need innovators from all backgrounds, this year’s students will have the ability to fulfill our state’s need for young innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Don Wettrick, founder and CEO of STARTedUP Foundation.

“This talent has been supported by dedicated community members and teachers! Innovate WithIN continues to double in size every year largely in part of the local support and mentors like Purdue Northwest, Society of Innovators as well as the ecosystem of so many other local entrepreneurs in Northwest Indiana,” Wettrick added.

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)

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at oie@pnw.edu or (219) 989-2163 five days prior to the event.


April 18, 2022
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Alumni Hall, Student Union Library Building (SULB)
2233 173rd St.
Hammond, IN 46323 United States
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