Business Accelerator

Brian McIntyre (director, Small Business Development Center, Adrian Vasquez, inventor of the NZ3 and Scott Johanek, inventor of the Muto Bags work with the GrowthWheel tool

Acceleration…to increase the speed of…to cause to develop or progress faster

NIU EIGERlab recognizes the need for entrepreneurs and business leaders to have a space and forum to cultivate next level thinking by working on their business versus in their business.

NIU EIGERlab offers a place where owners of existing growth-driven businesses can meet with expert business coaches and credentialed facilitators to accelerate their growth and increase their profits.

NIU EIGERlab brings together a network of skilled professionals to assist with business planning, strategic planning, peer-to-peer learning, investor presentation prep, customer diversification strategies, transition planning and more.

Whether you are just beginning and require our  GrowthWheel® 360° assessment tool, need a customized CTeam focus group that addresses immediate pain points and provides a short-term action plan, or desire a whiteboard business canvas facilitation to expand your markets and customer base, NIU EIGERlab has programming available to ACCELERATE the development and growth of your business.

A solopreneur with an innovative new idea? An early stage business in need or investors and mentors. A business owner with expansion plans? NIU EIGERlab is your regional one stop business resource for business expansion. To learn more or get started, simply e-mail Dan Cataldi or phone 815-753-2192 for a tour or appointment. Click here to view the Accelerator marketing flyer.


NIU EIGERlab’s coaches utilize the GrowthWheel® 360° outcome-oriented intake tool to assist owners and entrepreneurs in any stage of business. GrowthWheel®, a visual toolkit, assists both new and existing entrepreneurs by building their businesses through a simple, 360° action-oriented assessment process that analyzes 20 functional areas of your business and determines which areas require immediate focus. Click here to learn more.

GrowthWheel® — Make Decisions…Take Action…Measure Results.

Accelerator Services

Through our business Accelerator, NIU EIGERlab provides focused programming and coaching in three key categories — strategy, sales and commercialization. Our programming focuses on short-term, results-driven actions that lead to revenue growth and increased bottom line profits. Call us to learn more about these programs:

• CTeam Focus Groups
• Strategic Actions Coaching
• Business Canvas Whiteboards

• Customer Diversification Studies
• Market/Product/Demographic Research
• Investor Presentation Prep

• Product Design and 3D Prototyping
• Patent/Licensing Assistance
• Product Development/Project Management


Existing businesses of any size will find a customized support network in our CTeam. From our roster of highly experienced and skilled professionals, CTeam participants will be brought together to work directly with you and/or your management team to successfully resolve your most difficult issues or develop your latest idea.

The leaders of rapidly growing businesses and high potential start-ups can rely on the Commercialization Specialists at NIU EIGERlab to provide a wide range of expertise and skills to address the specific needs of businesses of all types. If your management team and advisory board is made up of just you, reach out to the CTeam to deepen your bench strength.

The CTeam’s core team of professionals have owned, managed, bought and/or sold businesses, and therefore brings solid expertise to your organization. Once you present your business issues to a CTeam advisor, the advisor will help you prepare a presentation for the team and will reach out to the regional business community to seek subject matter experts to address your specific industry and issues. We are proud to welcome these experts in our community who volunteer their time to advance the businesses of the Rockford Region. Click here to learn more.

Center for Product Development | Commercialization

Imagine it…Design it…Build it…Go to market

NIU EIGERlab’s Center for Product Development (C4PD) serves the region with leading edge business and engineering support services. Manufacturing, art, engineering, urban design…you name it, and we can assist. The C4PD helps you achieve global level innovation by turning your ideas to products…overnight. Click here to learn more.

FastPitch Competition

The FastPitch Competition is an annual event that draws participants from throughout the region. Starting in 2006, this competition has attracted entrepreneurs in all phases of business from pre-startup, just an idea on a napkin to companies that have been in business or plan to expand with a new service or product. The idea is to answer six key questions (see below) in three minutes or less—your elevator speech—to a select group of judges who are entrepreneurs themselves or that work with entrepreneurs on a regular basis. In business, “three strikes” is generous. If you can’t pitch your product, service or concept in three minutes—you’re outta there! Click here to learn more.