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Student proposes Semi-Pro League

Monday, October 16th, 2017

ROCKTON – A Hononegah High School graduate is looking to get a semi-professional basketball team in Beloit started in the next year.

Omar Saulters, who is currently a student at Rock Valley College, was a finalist in the 2017 FastPitch Competition hosted by Northern Illinois University’s EIGERlab on Oct. 4. FastPitch gives entrepreneurs in all phases of business the chance to present their ideas, win cash prizes, and get feedback and exposure. High school seniors and college-age students are welcome to participate.

Saulters won the 2016 Student Award to fund his publishing company, Salted Art.

Since he won the student award last year, this year he entered the adult competition. He said the judges at EIGERlab enjoyed the idea of the atmosphere a semi-professional basketball team would bring.

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2017 FastPitch Competition Winner, Dr. Trevor Gibbs with Anestand

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Rockford, Ill. —The 11th annual FastPitch Competition was a colossal success with 32 eager presenters sharing their ideas, products, services, and apps vying for over $7,500 dollars in prizes and presenting, possibly, the Next Big Thing!

Trevor Gibbs, M.D., took home the $5,000 first prize for his AnestandTM product. AnestandTM holds supplies essential for an anesthesiologist to induce anesthesia in a hygienic way, which keeps the items immediately available at arm’s length. Currently, there is no designated location to place all the items doctors use to put a patient to sleep. The device is versatile as it can attach to the operating room table or any pole, post or hospital bed, allowing the anesthesiologist to work in a variety of situations. Gibbs has been perfecting his product with the assistance of NIU EIGERlab’s Center for Product Development Team.

Jared Larson took second place with his innovative fishing-related tool, the GunkStick, which offers fishermen and women a solution to tackling the problem of keeping their rods and reels free of debris. It is designed to catch and remove cottonwood seeds, weeds, and other debris before it creates a problem. This product is currently sold in Bass Pro Shops and online. Larson was proud to share that all of their processes and products are sourced in the USA. Visit www.mischieffishing.com for more information.

Elisabeth Stecki, the third place winner, presented her Travel Sufficient Alcohol Kits or TSA-Kitä. The TSA-Kitä allows air travelers to bring their own alcoholic beverages into airports and onto their flights. The glass bottles packaged in the water resistant, transparent, durable bags meet TSA Homeland Security regulations. Her kits provide significant cost savings and hassle-free air travel for the consumer many times over. Visit www.whineware.com/ for more information.

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Doctor’s product takes top prize in EIGERlab FastPitch competition

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

ROCKFORD — Trevor Gibbs has found a cure for the cluttered, cramped workspaces he and other anesthesiologists experience at work.

His product Anestand keeps cords, hoses, and other loose items near the operating table off the ground, organized and sanitary.

“It organizes the workspace,” said Gibbs, who works at Edward Hospital in Naperville. “We’re often working in very tight quarters.”

Gibbs’ invention took home the $5,000 first-place prize tonight at the 11th annual Northern Illinois University EIGERlab FastPitch Competition. He said he’ll use the money to obtain patenting paperwork and eventually find a manufacturer in either the Rockford or Chicago area.

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Rockford’s EIGERlab hosts Fast Pitch competition

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

ROCKFORD (WREX) –

Three minutes…
That’s how much time entrepreneurs had to pitch their ideas to judges at the Fastpitch competition Wednesday night. 

It’s the 11th one hosted by NIU’s EIGERlab in Rockford.  30 entrepreneurs presented their inventions.  either products or services.  The winner gets a $5,000 prize.  

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Doctor’s product takes top prize in EIGERlab FastPitch competition

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

ROCKFORD — Trevor Gibbs has found a cure for the cluttered, cramped workspaces he and other anesthesiologists experience at work.

His product Anestand keeps cords, hoses and other loose items near the operating table off the ground, organized and sanitary.

“It organizes the workspace,” said Gibbs, who works at Edward Hospital in Naperville. “We’re often working in very tight quarters.”

Gibbs’ invention took home the $5,000 first-place prize tonight at the 11th annual Northern Illinois University EIGERlab FastPitch Competition. He said he’ll use the money to obtain patenting paperwork and eventually find a manufacturer in either the Rockford or Chicago area.

More than 30 entrepreneurs, inventors and business professionals from four states pitched their products — and their ambitions — to a panel of judges during the competition, which took place at the Rockford NIU campus.

Over the years, EIGERlab — a business and innovator incubator — has supported local inventions that have made their way to the national spotlight on “Shark Tank,” “Good Morning America” and the Home Shopping Network.

“It’s a safe environment for them to test their products in front of the public and network with people,” said Sherry Pritz Enderle, marketing and events coordinator for EIGERlab.

Jared Larson, of Avalon, Wisconsin, took home second place and $1,000 for GunkStick, a device that gets cottonwood, slime and other debris off a fisherman’s line. Elisabeth Stecki of Chicago took third place and $500 for WhineWare, a TSA-approved kit that allows you to bring your own alcoholic beverages on your flight…

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Inventor of medical stand takes top prize at FastPitch Competition

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

ROCKFORD (WREX) –

Three minutes…

That’s how much time entrepreneurs get to pitch their ideas to judges at the FastPitch Competition Wednesday.

It’s the 11th one hosted by NIU’s EIGERlab in Rockford.  

Thirty entrepreneurs presented their inventions, either products or services.  

The winner gets a $5,000 prize.  

This year’s winner is Trevor Gibbs.  He invented a stand that holds supplies for an anesthesiologist.  

Now he’ll get to work with the EIGERlab on getting his product out there.

“We market for the people long after the competition is over,” said Sherry Pritz Enderle, the marketing and events coordinator at the EIGERlab.  “Anytime they have a home run we’re happy to share that in our newsletter and through our social media.”

Even if the others didn’t come out on top, organizers said by pitching their ideas to a crowd, many still get advice, business partners even investors out of participating.

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It’s “Shark Tank,” Without the Bite, and You Are Invited! Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara will cap off a day of business pitches October 4

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Rockford, Ill. — From simple, “I should have thought of that” ideas to unique products and services, NIU EIGERlab’s FastPitch Competition has once again attracted 30+ eager presenters who will vie for over $7,500 dollars in prizes, networking and mentoring opportunities, exposure, and possible connections with investors who can finance the deal!

This year’s FastPitch will be held Wednesday, October 4, at NIU-Rockford, 8500 East State Street. The public is welcome to join the “pitchers” starting at 5 p.m. Final presentations, and the keynote address begins at 6 p.m.

Rockford Mayor Thomas McNamara will provide insights on his experience as both an entrepreneur and elected official. He’s excited to speak at this year’s FastPitch to welcome and inspire entrepreneurs to build or expand their businesses within the region.

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Winding up for the pitch: Freeport-based business to participate in FastPitch

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

ROCKFORD — Emarc Malavolti and Dean Balbach are ready to take Fresh2Go to the next level.

The Freeport entrepreneurs will pitch their minty-fresh product during two regional competitions in October: the Northern Illinois University EIGERlab FastPitch Competition on Oct. 4 in Rockford, and Freeport Fish Tank on Oct. 26 at The Wagner House downtown.

Fresh2Go has found some success since it started in late 2016. The packages filled with gum, a mint, and a flosser are available at Highland Community College, Joe’s Pizza, Higher Grounds Coffee, This Is It Eatery and other locations, including some Rockford stores. The two hope to reach an even wider audience through the competitions.

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Entrepreneurs prepare for FastPitch competition in Rockford

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

ROCKFORD — Mary Rivera is hoping to make a dream she once had a reality.

In the dream, she was leading a successful factory that mass-produced her late parents’ tasty barbecue-esque dipping sauce for the world to enjoy.

“When you first eat you don’t get that tang until it hits your tongue palate good,” said Rivera, a great-grandmother in her 50s from Rockford.

Rivera is pitching the family secret recipe — James and Edna May’s Famous Old School Barbecue/Everything Sauce — during Northern Illinois University EIGERlab’s 11th annual FastPitch Competition, which kicks off at 5 p.m. Oct. 4 at NIU Rockford and Conference Center, 8500 E. State St.

“I’m taking it on where they left off with their recipe,” Rivers said, “bringing it out so their memory lives on forever.”

FastPitch, which is in its 11th year, invites innovators, entrepreneurs, startup companies, and high school and college students to pitch their products, services, apps or ideas to a panel of judges — and by extension, the region and a community of fellow business-minded go-getters.

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Entry Deadline is Looming | NIU EIGERlab gears up for 11th FastPitch Competition

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Rockford, Ill. — It’s “Shark Tank,” Rockford-style! NIU EIGERlab’s FastPitch will be held Wednesday, October 4 at NIU-Rockford.

Local innovators and entrepreneurs are invited to share their products, service, apps or “ideas on a napkin” for a chance to win a $5,000 first prize in addition to outstanding mentoring and exposure.

Now in its 11th year, FastPitch offers entrepreneurs, inventors, startups, pre-startups, existing business owners and students (high school seniors and college) the opportunity to “pitch” their business idea or innovative business to a panel of esteemed judges from the business and investment community. Winners take home not only cash prizes, but exposure to investors, business leaders, media, and potential mentors as well. Click on the link below for the complete news release.

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