Jennings students in entrepreneurial competition state final

A team of Jennings County High School students is one of 11 teams of high school students that will compete in the final round of an entrepreneurial competition Thursday in Indianapolis.

Koltan Hauersperger and Brooks Wathen, who formed Kolt Electronic Solutions, plan to create a power line monitoring system that tracks voltage and detects obstructions and damages.

They represent Region 2, which is southeast Indiana, in the 2019 Innovate WithIN pitch competition, an initiative hosted by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., Indiana Department of Education and Ball State University.

"Innovate WithIN empowers Indiana’s young entrepreneurs to draw upon their creative thinking and problem-solving skills to develop, execute and present an idea for a business, product or venture," said Elaine Bedel, president of the IEDC.

After submitting video pitches for the first round, more than 65 teams were selected to demonstrate their entrepreneurial ideas at regional competitions. Regional finalists each received a $1,000 cash prize and qualified for the state competition.

The 11 teams will compete for the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize, $10,000 toward a year of in-state tuition, internship opportunities and mentoring services.