2019 FastPitch Competition – Application Window (Deadline: Sept. 27)

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Date(s) - June 1, 2019 - September 25, 2019
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2019 FastPitch Competition (NIU Rockford)

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.

The competition is open to passionate entrepreneurs in all phases of business, including startup, pre-startup or idea stage. High school seniors and college-age students are welcome.

  • Sept 25: Deadline to Apply — please check website for exact time
  • Oct. 1 & 3: Presentation Training (strongly recommended)
  • Oct. 9: Pitch Presentations (see website for full schedule), NIU Rockford, 8500 E. State Street

For more information about competing or to attend the pitch events, visit https://www.eigerlab.org/fastpitch-competition/. Note that most information is on the lower portion of the page, so you may need to scroll to find the application/registration form.

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