BEDFORD - Bedford-based Radius Indiana has announced the winners for its inaugural regional pitch competition. The competition spanned southern Indiana and had competitors at both the high school and adult levels.

The participants were judged on problem and solution, competitive advantage, target customer, financials, conclusion, presentation and viability.

The judges for the event were Landon Young from Elevate Ventures, Steve Bryant from Ivy Tech and Steve Hawkins from Hoosier Hills Credit Union. Each judge came into the competition with previous pitch competition judging experience.

Winners of the High School Competition:

First Place Gracie Madison of Daviess County, Retech 

Second Place Lara Santiago of Daviess County, Lion'sMane

Winners of the Adult Competition:

First Place Hunter Hawley of Monroe County, Blueprint Stats

Second Place Abby Taylor of Crawford County, Backroads Market

Third Place Valerie Hovis of Martin County, The Flower Project

Each participant was given three minutes to present his or her product/service. Slideshow presentations, as well as examples of already created products, were presented to the judges.

"The Radius Pitch Competition in Bedford was a great experience for me while building my business in Indiana," said Hawley. "The importance of opportunities like these cannot be stressed enough, because aside from providing resources to local entrepreneurs, they also provide all who pitch an opportunity to refine and think critically about their venture. This award will go a long way towards getting the word out about Blueprint Stats and helping us reach our goal of making athletes, coaches, and teams better at what they do by helping them understand their own performance."

The company says the final round of the competition will be held in early December. More details and registration information will be available next month.