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 Date | 2016 FastPitch Competition
Wednesday, September 28 | NIU-Rockford

2016 FastPitch Competition News Release

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, September 28, 2016 | 3:30 p.m. Initial Presentations | 6 p.m. Final Presentations | Open to the Public, 5 PM

Deadline for FastPitch participants to submit their business pitches in writing for pre-qualification is Wednesday, September 14; accepted participants will be notified by Friday, September 16.

Where: NIU-Rockford, 8500 East State Street, 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, third place prizes, and the student prize, there will also be a Dale Falconer “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” prize totaling $1,000 and CleanTech prize totaling $500.

CleanTech is defined as:  Companies that  seek to increase performance, productivity, and efficiency by minimizing negative effects on the environment.

Please stop back for the 2016 Registration Form.

FastPitch Competition flyer

State of Ingenuity Grant FastPitch Regional Partners | FastPitch Competition Sponsors

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.

Submit your pitch in writing (1,000 words or less) for pre-qualification to Sherry Pritz; verbal presentations only—no PowerPoints. Questions? Call 815.753.2192.


2015 FastPitch Competition Winners

First place – PJ McGuire | Product – Wrapperoo

Second place – Doug Hoang | Product – 4Motion Gym Clothing

Third place – Brad Marshall | Service – AdsOrTails

Clean Tech Award – Tim Benedict | Product – Diesel Life Support System

Dale Falconer, “Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award” – Nicole Sdao | Service –

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

FastPitch Competition Signature Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors:

• 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
• U.S. Bank
• WilliamsMcCarthy
• Winnebago County
• Wood CPA’s

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

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