2016 FastPitch Competition Winner, Michelle Gast with recoup BEAUTISCOOP


Rockford, Ill. —The 10th annual FastPitch Competition was a colossal success with thirty-four eager presenters sharing their ideas, products, services and apps vying for over $7,000 dollars in prizes and presenting, possibly, the Next Big Thing!

First place winner, Michelle Gast with her beauty-related product, recoup BEAUTISCOOP, took home the $5,000 first prize. Michelle’s product is a patented dual-ended beauty tool designed to scoop every last drop from tight-necked containers. It will be featured in the December issue of REAL SIMPLE magazine. Michelle, during the creation of her unique product, was a client of NIU EIGERlab’s Center for Product Development (C4PD). Visit www.LiveBeautility.com for more information.

Second place winner, Charlie Hare, with his patented new tool, the Aerator™, offers an effective, new method to aerate walls that have been adversely affected by a flood. Account disabled by server administrator Charlie has also taken advantage of the resources of the C4PD including assistance with engineering, 3D printing, computer-aided design, and commercialization.

Nicole Jakob, third place winner, presented Renegade Made™, a new line of toys that “help teach kids to do the right thing, even when no one is watching.” Her toys have been manufactured and safety tested for children eight years and up, and was introduced into the toy market at the International Fair in NYC in February 2016. Visit www.Renegade-made.com for more information.

Author and coach, Vinni Cavallaro Torrisi, took home the coveted Dale Falconer Spirit of Entrepreneurship award including a six-month complimentary coworking and counseling at NIU EIGERlab’s LaunchPad! space in Rockford with her product, NowSizing™.