2019 Fast Pitch Competition
2019 NIU EIGERlab FastPitch Competition
is in the Books!
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
Finalists who made the stage!
Mark Van den Avont – HexNest
Di’Quan Ishmon – SoWiCh
David Pack – Box Blox
Lindsey Bussie – Doodle Mash
Symone Lewis – Barelastics
Miona Short – Shukrah
Matt Reed – Buildboard
Anthony Valiulis – Acutrak
Mary Ley – Aireloom Music
Katharine Hadow – Bed Bug Sensor
Ronda Surratt – Instant Backyard Stream
Rod Borras – Bright Creations
FastPitch Competition Signature Sponsors
•Chamber of Commerce
• Colorlab Cosmetics
• Computer Aided Technology
• TAC Rockford
• WipFli Accounting
• Wood CPS’s LTD
• City of Rockford
• gener8tor Milwaukee
• Rockford Local Development
• Stillman BancCorp N.A.
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 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.