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2023 Innovate WithIN Region 4 Finals at Purdue Northwest

April 17, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 1:15 pm

The Innovate WithIN logo is featured, left justified, with a large amount of golden light bulbs lining the bottom of the photo. Right justified, there is a white banner with the PNW logo, the Purdue Northwest Society of Innovators logo, and the date and time for the event.

Indiana’s annual high school pitch competition, Innovate WithIN, is the most elite high school pitch competition in the country!

Innovate WithIN 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 4 Finals during a live event in Alumni Hall at the PNW Hammond campus on Monday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:15 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 4 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 730 regional applicants to compete live in the Northwest Indiana Region 4 competition for a chance to win $1,000 and participation in the state finals. Region finalists that will compete on April 17 include:

  • Accurate Athletics: Noah Bailey, Grant Kappes and Ryan Wein (Hobart High School)
  • Anything’s Possible: Anthony Ford (John Will Anderson Boys and Girls Club, Gary, Ind.)
  • Sofia Broberg (Lowell Senior High School)
  • CO Solutions: Jackson Collard, Brandon Oganovich and Henry Wilson (Munster High School)
  • Mint City Recycling: Easton Reed (Bremen Senior High School)
  • Novos: Joshua Avila, Austin Beetson and Sayeed Mohammed (Munster High School)
  • Reaction Ring: Ethan Brubaker, Michael Gjorseski and Tyler Wells (Valparaiso High School)
  • Recupp: Conner Niemann (Hobart High School)
  • Simple Straw: Skyla Dobbertin, Mady Lamb and Allie Parks (Valparaiso High School)
  • Tow Scout: Benjamin Eberle (Hobart High School)
  • Wringo: Connor Gomez, Ameen Musleh and Vasili Papageorge (Munster 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 17, 2023
9:00 am - 1:15 pm
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Alumni Hall, Student Union Library Building (SULB)
2233 173rd St.
Hammond, IN 46323 United States
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