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Lake Co. students win state pitch competition

pictured from left to right: Joshua Breitsprecher, Megan Jones and Abigale Haluska (photo courtesy of Ball State University)

MUNCIE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – Three students from Hobart High School have won first place in the Innovate WithIN 2020 state pitch competition finals. The student’s submission, “The Remedy Glove,” features vibration, compression, and heating and was designed to help people with arthritis.

Megan Jones, Joshua Breitsprecher, and Abigale Haluska took top honors at the virtual competition. The students say they recognized the product need after witnessing several friends and family restricting their daily activities due to arthritic pain.

As first place winners, each team member was awarded $10,000 cash, up to $10,000 of in-state tuition, internship opportunities, and mentoring services.

The students advanced through two regional pitch competitions before competing against other finalists from across the state.

Candy Dodd, project manager of the competition and director of special initiatives and divisional planning at Ball State University, said “The teams knocked it out of the park for Innovate WithIN’s state finals. Their professionalism, business ideas, charisma, and passion exceeded my expectations. The State of Indiana should be proud of the students representing every region and corner within our borders.”

Co-sponsors of the event include Ball State, Indiana Economic Development Corp., Indiana Department of Education, and STARTedUP Foundation.