FastPitch Competition

2017 FastPitch Competition

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, October 4, 2017 | 3:30 p.m. Initial Presentations | 6 p.m. Final Presentations | Open to the Public, 5 PM

Presentation Training-STRONGLY suggested | Tuesday, September 26 and Thursday,
September 28, 2017 | 5:30 – 8 PM

Deadline for FastPitch participants to submit their business pitches in writing for pre-qualification is Thursday, September 21; accepted participants will be notified no later than Monday, September 25.

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.

FastPitch Competition flyer

FastPitch Competition Sponsors

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Presentation Training-STRONGLY suggested | Tuesday, September 26 and Thursday,
September 28 | 5:30 – 8 PM

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.

2016 FastPitch Competition Winners & Participants

First place: Michelle Gast  | Product – recoup BEAUTISCOOP

Second place: Charlie Hare | Product – Aerator™

Third place: Nicole Jakob | Product – Renegade Made™

Clean Tech Award: Branden DeWittProduct – Aquarius Fire Protection System™

Dale Falconer, “Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award”: Vinni Cavallaro Torrisi | Service – NowSizing™

Student Award: Omar Saulters | Service – Salted Art Inc.

Finalists who made the stage!

Alejandra Chapel-Herrera | Index, Note Taking App

Ana Elizarraga | Make-up Brush Cleaning Machine

Jim Hall | RoP-RoW-Pro

SiDi Huang | ZipSeam

Jeremy Perrotta | Pub Brewery Unique Beer Keg

Barbara Rhodes | High Caliber Creations

Chris Wicklund | Wick’s TravelCool Cake Carrier

Presenters who went the extra mile!

Abedallah Ashour | Rental Management Organizational App

Anthony Barbary | B.A.N.K. (Bank Annually for Needed Keeps)

Tiron Bell | Survive The Escape Room /Escape Room App

Justin Chow | Online store to help sell products for the poor

Alex Gary | Presidential Poker

Diego Gomez | Cafeteria for Inmates

Sherri Habben | Team Tree Wellness Collaborative

Michael Hart | Refactor School of Code

Jared Jones | Community based business development

Paul Justis | Augmenting Reality App

Bill Klicker | KlickClean

Ram Konduri | Trunk Organizer

Scott McClain | Sketchadoo-App

Max McMahon | ChargeIn

Al Mihelich | CTreeTopUSA

Cam Newberry | Snow Blowing Robot

Andrew Reynolds | Zharmony – online job matching

Mike Simon | Emergency Flash-Light

Stephen Villacorta | Pulsational-mobile app

Anne Weerda | Kids Taking Action

2016 FastPitch Competition Post-Competition News Release

An instant success 10 years in the making | Thinker Ventures Blog

2016 FastPitch Competition News Release

We’re “Shark Tank” without the bite!

FastPitch Competition Signature Sponsors


Contributing Sponsors:

• Camera Craft
• City of Rockford
• First Midwest Group
• Gener8tor
• Growth Dimensions
• J.L. Clark
• Northern Illinois Energy Summit & Expo
• Rockford Buzz
• Rockford Local Development Corporation
• Stillman Bank
• V2 Marketing Communications
• Wipfli
• Wood CPA’s

*ABC’s Shark Tank is not affiliated with this competition.