Four Indiana student-run businesses awarded at Conexus Indiana Case Competition

INDIANAPOLIS (February 27, 2024) – Students from four Indiana high schools were named winners in the 2024 Conexus Indiana Student Industries Case Competition. Teams of student leaders from Eastbrook High School, Mitchell High School, Perry Central High School and White River Valley High School will receive cash prizes to support their School-based Enterprise (SBE), an in-school entrepreneurial advanced manufacturing and logistics business that is managed and operated by students.

“The Case Competition, which is open to schools operating SBEs throughout the state, gives high schoolers a platform to showcase their practical decision-making and problem-solving skills,” said Kyle Marshall, senior director of talent programs at Conexus Indiana. “The competition also gives them an opportunity to present to and interact with a panel of industry leaders in Indiana – an opportunity they otherwise might not have while in high school.”

Competing schools were divided into two groups for judging, with first and second place awarded to each group. First place winners will receive a $6,000 cash prize to support their SBE and second place winners will receive a $4,000 cash prize.

“The awarded funds will help schools sustain and grow their SBE programs as they continue to prepare the next generation of Indiana’s industry leaders,” Marshall said.

Eastbrook High School’s EBEAMS (Marion, Ind.) SBE has been named a first-place winner. EBEAMS students presented a business case where students utilized Amazon as a sales platform for manufactured goods and deployed a social media promotional strategy to increase sales on Amazon. Alongside Amazon, EBEAMS fulfills design/manufacturing contracts in the local community.

White River Valley High School’s Wolverine Enterprises (Switz City, Ind.) also has been named a first-place winner. Wolverine Enterprise students presented a business case to diversify its retail locations by adding a permanent storefront in the high school called Wolverine Warehouse. Wolverine Enterprises is composed of six different business verticals including agriculture services, custom manufacturing, precision machining, fine arts and design, frozen foods and printing and logistics.

Perry Central High School’s Commodore Engineering (Leopold, Ind.) has been named a second-place winner. Commodore Engineering students presented a business case where students procured a better-functioning part to meet the needs of its client, local chair manufacturer Jasper Group. Commodore Manufacturing is made up of three divisions – advanced manufacturing, construction and engineering.

Mitchell High School’s Cement City Industries also has been named a second-place winner. Students at Cement City Industries presented a business case that resulted in the launch of its own sustainable product line, using leftover cardboard. Cement City Industries provides a wide range of design and digital manufacturing services for its customers.

Judges for the competition came from industry, nonprofit and the public sector including Backhaul Direct, Mursix, Polygon Composites, Rolls-Royce, Ascend Indiana and the Department of Workforce Development.

Conexus Indiana Student Industries is a statewide network of high schools dedicated to developing advanced manufacturing and logistics talent through SBEs. In addition to the Case Competition, SBE partners participate in statewide meetings to share best practices and can apply for grants to support summer operations, purchase equipment or raw materials and create marketing materials. To learn more about Conexus Student Industries, visit


About Conexus Indiana

For more than a decade, Conexus Indiana, one of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) non-profit initiatives, has been positioning the Hoosier State as the best place for advanced manufacturing and logistics industries to innovate, invest, employ and succeed. By collaborating with industry, academic and public sector partners on a shared vision for an innovative, skilled workforce and stronger business climate, Conexus Indiana has helped to create opportunities for advanced manufacturing and logistics companies, prepare Hoosiers to succeed in the state’s largest industry sectors and maintain Indiana’s competitive advantage. For more information, visit