Society of Innovators at Purdue Northwest

We contribute to economic and community development throughout the region as the champion of innovation in Northwest Indiana.

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Meet the 2024 Women on the Rise

The Leadership Institute and Society of Innovators at PNW have named the 2024 Women on the Rise. The list includes leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are making an impact across Northwest Indiana.



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Uthiverse StartUp Madness

March 30

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FRC Gym – PNW Hammond Campus

StartUp Madness is an innovative, pitch competition designed to give high school students an opportunity to win $2,500 in seed money for their business in a bracket-style tournament.

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Champions of Innovation

Innovation is central to advancement and improving the economy and the quality of life in Northwest Indiana.

The Society of Innovators has helped the region realize that innovation occurs here and that anyone can be an innovator.



From online workshops to in-person networking events and skills development, the Society of Innovators offers programming that connects you with the people, tools and resources that drive growth.


Updates from the Society of Innovators and stories of Northwest Indiana innovation.


Help catalyze Northwest Indiana’s innovation community and reach our region’s talented problem solvers

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Join the Society of Innovators to receive exclusive benefits—and support robust regional economic development that drives a culture of innovation in Northwest Indiana.

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News and Announcements

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Munster High School’s Scent Seal Wins Inaugural Uthiverse StartUp Madness Pitch Tournament at Purdue Northwest

A team of Munster High School students took first place in the 2024 Uthiverse StartUp Madness Business Pitch Tournament hosted at Purdue University Northwest.

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Local finalists announced for Innovate WithIN pitch competition hosted by Society of Innovators at PNW

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 Friday, April 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Purdue University Northwest shares Women’s History Month events

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will recognize Women’s History Month throughout March with a slate of events that highlights chapters in women’s history, facilitates inspiring guest speakers, addresses women’s issues and celebrates women leaders.