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Keynote speaker, Author and Professional Entrepreneur, Joe Abraham | 8th Annual FastPitch Competitio


For Immediate Release: May 1, 2014 Media Contact: Sherry Pritz, Marketing Coordinator | Business Development 815.316.6357 |

Where can you hear a successful serial entrepreneur share his secrets to success AND view Rockford’s version of Shark Tank? We’re proud to share that Joe Abraham will be joining us to share his entrepreneurial wisdom at our eighth annual FastPitch Competition on Wednesday, June 18 at the UIC College of Medicine in Rockford.

Keynote speaker, Joe Abraham is a professional entrepreneur and investor who has the battle scars to prove it. Abraham has multiple successful company launches under his belt, and is the founder of BOSI Global which operates a $100 million portfolio of companies in the US and Europe in industries ranging from IT and Wellness to Personal Development and Motorsports. He has won numerous awards for his impact on global entrepreneurship and is the author of Entrepreneurial DNA—a critically acclaimed book based on his multi-year research into entrepreneurs and their teams. Regardless if you are a FastPitch presenter or an experienced business owner looking at increasing your profits through growth strategies, everyone will glean entrepreneurial insights from Abraham’s informative talk.

Planning for the 8th Annual FastPitch Competition on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at the UIC College of Medicine in Rockford, IL is well underway. EIGERlab is coordinating and promoting FastPitch, which offers entrepreneurs, inventors, startup, pre-startup, 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. With a top prize of $5,000, it will be well worth three minutes of your time! We’re excited to share the addition of a Clean Tech prize totaling $500.

FastPitch presentation training sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 12 from 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the EIGERlab. Presentation training has been arranged to assist applicants with fine-tuning their presentations; cost $15. A minimum of one night’s training is strongly suggested (preferably Tuesday) as, according to past winners of this competition, it has proven to be very beneficial.

Deadline for FastPitch participants to submit their business pitches in writing for pre-qualification is Wednesday, June 4; accepted participants will be notified by Friday, June 6.

In 2014, we are once again partnering with two neighboring Wisconsin counties—Racine & Kenosha—which translates into one additional opportunity for competing. Their event will take place on August 20. Please visit for updates.

For full FastPitchcontest details, flyer and registration form,visit EIGERlab’s website, eigerlab.wpengine.comBusiness pitches must be submitted in writing (1000 words or less) to For additional information, contact Sherry Pritz; 815.316.6357.

This event made possible by the EIGERlab, Rock Valley College, Rockford Area Economic Development Council, StateLine Angels, and our fabulous sponsors: Alpine Bank, Joseph Behr & Sons, City of Rockford, Growth Dimensions, IL Small Business Development Center at RVC, IL Procurement Technical Assistance Center at RVC, Northern Illinois Renewable Energy Summit & Expo,Rockford Area Realtors, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Local Development Corporation, Savant Capital Management, Seward Screw Products, Sikich, Stillman Bank, Superior Joining Technologies, Universal Die Cast, WilliamsMcCarthy & Winnebago County.

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