FastPitch Competition

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We’re Shark Tank* without the bite!

Open with a hook that grabs attention. Deliver your pitch with energy and passion. Answer six key questions and hit it out of the park!

Save the 2014 FastPitch Competition date | Wednesday, June 18

Where can you hear a successful serial entrepreneur share his secrets to success AND view Rockford’s version of Shark Tank? EIGERlab is proud to announce that Joe Abraham will share his entrepreneurial wisdom at the eighth annual FastPitch Competition on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the UIC College of Medicine in Rockford.

Keynote speaker, Joe Abraham, is a professional entrepreneur and investor who has the battle scars to prove it. Abraham has multiple successful company launches under his belt, and is the founder of BOSI Global which operates a $100 million portfolio of companies in the United States and Europe in industries ranging from IT and Wellness to Personal Development and Motorsports. He has won numerous awards for his impact on global entrepreneurship and is the author of Entrepreneurial DNA, a critically acclaimed book based on his multi-year research into entrepreneurs and their teams. He has been featured on Fox News, CNN, ABC, CBS and the Wall Street Journal as subject matter expert in small business, entrepreneurship and free enterprise.

Regardless if you are a FastPitch presenter or an experienced business owner looking at increasing your profits through growth strategies, everyone will glean entrepreneurial insights from Abraham’s informative talk. Please plan to join us at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18 for Joe’s impactful talk. Please click here to view Joe’s TEDx Talk, Entrepreneurial DNA.

Who: Passionate entrepreneurs in all phases of business, including startup, pre-startup or idea stage. High school seniors and college-age students welcome

When: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
3:30 p.m. Initial Presentations
5:30 p.m. Final Presentations
Open to the Public

Deadline for FastPitch participants to submit their business pitches in writing for pre-qualification is Wednesday, June 4; accepted participants will be notified by Friday, June 6.

Where: University of Illinois College of Medicine
1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL 

Why: To win cash prizes, feedback and exposure! With a top prize of $5,000 at stake, it will be well-worth three minutes of your time! In addition to our traditional first, second and third places prizes, there will also be a CleanTech prize totaling $500.
CleanTech is Defined:  Companies that  seek to increase performance, productivity, and efficiency by minimizing negative effects on the environment.

Click on the link to download the registration form 2014_FastPitchCompetition_RegistrationForm (Word document). | Click here to read the event press release. |Click on the link to download the FastPitch Competition flyer. FastPitchFlyerGenPub2014

State of Ingenuity Grant FastPitch Regional Partners | FastPitch Competition Sponsors | 2013 FastPitch Competition Winners

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!

The FastPitch Competition is your chance to prove the potential of your business idea…meet people who can help you succeed…maybe even win a cash prize! This is no field of dreams: traditionally the top prize that’s awarded is $5,000. All competitors will receive constructive feedback, a fun experience and valuable exposure to investors, business leaders, potential mentors and media.

FastPitch is regional in scope. In 2012, it was expanded to include two locations in Wisconsin; partners in the State of Ingenuity Grant. All competitions will be listed on this page when dates are secured. The two additional competitions, representing four Wisconsin Counties, Rock | Walworth and Racine | Kenosha are facilitated by the following entities: EIGERlab, Kenosha Area Business Alliance, Launch Box, Racine County Economic Development Corporation, Rock County 5.0, State of Ingenuity, Walworth County Economic Development Alliance and UW-Whitewater.

Click here, FastPitchFlyerGenPub2014 for the 2014 FastPitch Competition flyer. Registration is typically available by early May. This page will be updated with links for full contest details and requirements for preparing your pitch. Submit your pitch in writing (1,000 words or less) for pre-qualification to Sherry Pritz; verbal presentations only—no PowerPoints. Questions? Call 815.316.6357.

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2013 FastPitch Competition Winners

First place-Charles Meyers | Product-String Gator

Second place-Adrian Vasquez | Product-NZ3 (hair dryer nozzle)

Third place-Edgar Marin-Ruiz | Product-The Breeze Welding Helmet

Click here to read the Rockford Register Star’s  FastPitch Competition article

Wisconsin FastPitch Competition

Racine/Kenosha County Competition | August 20, 2014

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Contributing Sponsors:

• Catalyst Business Solutions
• Centric Advisory Group
• City of Rockford
• Growth Dimensions of Belvidere and Boone County
• Leading Edge Hydraulics
• Northern Illinois Energy Summit & Expo
• Rock Valley College
• Rock Valley College’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center
• Rock Valley College’s Small Business Development Center
• Rockford Chamber of Commerce
• Rockford Local Development Corporation
• Stillman Bank
• Sjostrom Construction
• WilliamsMcCarthy
• Winnebago County

*Shark Tank, seen on ABCtv, is not affiliated with this competition.