2023 FastPitch Competition

2023 EIGERlab FastPitch Competition

Final Submissions are now closed!


The FastPitch Competition is an annual event which draws participants from throughout the region. Starting in 2006, this competition has attracted entrepreneurs in all phases of business from pre-startup, an idea on a napkin, active companies, or plan to expand with a new product or service. The idea is to answer six key questions 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. 

Who:       Passionate entrepreneurs in all phases of business, including startup or pre-startup; idea stage. 
When:     Thursday June 22nd, 2023, 2023 5:00pm-9:00pm
Where:    Rockford University – Scarborough Hall – 5050 East State St, Rockford, IL 61108
Why:       To win cash prizes, feedback & exposure!

In business, “three strikes” is generous. If you can’t pitch your product, service or concept in three minutes – you’re outta there!

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! Competitors will have three minutes max to hit it out of the park before the panel of judges from the business and investment community.
Verbal presentations only – no PowerPoint.

Open with a hook that grabs attention. Deliver your pitch with energy and passion. Be creative, and hit it out of the park!

This is no field of dreams: Top prize will be awarded $5,000; 2nd place will be awarded $2,500, 3rd place will be awarded $1,000.  All competitors will receive invaluable feedback, a fun experience and valuable exposure to investors, business leaders, potential mentors and media. 

  • If a contestant is chosen as a finalist, those finalist must be present at the FastPitch event in order to win. 

Random FastPitch Competition Fun Facts:

  • In the past ten years, more than 450 presenters have participated in FastPitch!
  • Two presenters were chosen to appear on ABC’s “Shark Tank”; one received a deal.
  • One presenter was chosen to have their products featured on the “Home Shopping Network.”
  • Presenters have shared products ranging from custom skateboard and snowboard covers to emergency stretchers.
  • Presenters have shared services ranging from green funeral arrangements to assisting non-profits to thrive. 


How to get started?

As we kick off this years FastPitch Competition, we have introduced the opportunity to UPLOAD a 3 minute pitch video for the selection of this years finalists. Although this doesn’t exclude you from joining us at the finalists event. It will allow you to upload your initial pitch from the comfort of your own home. No worries, access to your video’s are secure and will only be viewed by our approved EIGERlab judges.  Once you are ready, take 3 minutes to record your pitch video (via Phone or Tablet or PC), click on the “Events”, and “Fast Pitch Upload” at EIGERlab.org. Fill out the requested information, attached your video, and “Submit”. It’s that easy!  Once the judges have determined the finalist, you will receive a contact via email or phone call with an invite to the 2023 EIGERlab FastPitch Competition. Good Luck and hope to see you there! Click here to begin

Questions? 815-965-3522

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



Sponsorship opportunities:

If you have interest in becoming a sponsor for this years competition. Scroll down to the bottom to this page to learn about our sponsorship levels and help make 2023’sFastPitch Competition the best one yet.

Stadium Sponsorship (Presenting Sponsor)


  • Logo on Website admissions page
  • Verbal recognition at event and social media – 2-3 sentence interjection on company
  • Presenting Logo on all materials/social media/marketing
  • Logo on/near snack/drink table

Grand Slam Sponsorship


  • Verbal recognition at event and on social media
  • Logo on sponsorship sign at event
  • Logo on all materials/social media/marketing
  • Logo on/near snack/drink table

Sandlot Sponsorship


  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Logo on sponsorship sign at event
  • Name on all materials/social media/Marketing
  • Logo on/near snack/drink table

Bat Boy Sponsorship


  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Logo on/near snack/drink table

Cracker Jack Sponsorship –

Below $500

  • Verbal recognition at event


2019 FastPitch Competition Winners & Participants


First place: Anthony Valiulis| Acutrak – inventory tracking device

Second place: David Pack | Box Blox- Activity Building blocks

Third place: Matt Reed| Buildboard – home / contractor estimating app

Student Award: Mark Van den Avont | HexNest – Smart gymnastic floor pads

Dale Falconer, “Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award”:  Branden DeWitt | Nabeau


FastPitch Competition Sponsors





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