Coolest Thing Made in Indiana contest entry deadline Oct. 20

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Coolest Thing Made in Indiana contest returns to crown a new Hoosier manufacturer that personifies the innovative spirit.

Entries for the fan-voted competition are being accepted through Oct. 20.

There is no entry fee. To participate, a company does not need to be headquartered in Indiana, but the product entered must be manufactured in the state. Companies are limited to having one product nominated. The competition and votingkicks off Oct. 24.

The Hoosier Hysteria-style, single-elimination online tournament is open to all types of makers and both veteran manufacturers and budding entrepreneurs.

“The innovation itself certainly plays a key role in who moves on to the next round,” chamber President Kevin Brinegar said in a news release. “But the employers that engage their workers, social media and local partners in the process can help spur their company to victory.”

Janus Motorcycles of Goshen took top honors in the inaugural tournament with Valparaiso’s Hoosier Bat Company coming in second. The awards for the top finishers will be presented at the Indiana Best Places to Work in Manufacturing and Coolest Thing Made in Indiana Awards Luncheon on Dec. 14.

To enter, companies must fill out an application at

The winning company will receive a feature article in the Indiana Chamber’s statewide BizVoice magazine and an invitation to appear on the IN Chamber podcast.