Joe Abraham to keynote June 18 FastPitch Competition

Staff Report

Joe Abraham will share his entrepreneurial wisdom at the eighth annual FastPitch Competition Wednesday, June 18, at the UIC College of Medicine in Rockford, 1601 Parkview Ave.

Abraham is a professional entrepreneur and investor who has the battle scars to prove it. He 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 United States 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.

Rockford’s EIGERlab is coordinating and promoting FastPitch, which offers entrepreneurs, inventors, startups, pre-startups, 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. Top prize is $5,000. A “Clean Tech” prize worth $500 will also be awarded.

FastPitch presentation training sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at EIGERlab, 605 Fulton Ave. Presentation training has been arranged to assist applicants with fine-tuning their presentations. Cost is $15. A minimum of one night of training is strongly suggested (preferably Tuesday). Past winners of this competition have stated that training 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, the local FastPitch competition is once again partnering with two neighboring Wisconsin counties — Racine and Kenosha, which translates into one additional opportunity for competition. That event will take place Aug. 20.

For full FastPitch contest details, flier and registration form, visit EIGERlab’s website, Business pitches must be submitted in writing (1,000 words or fewer) to For additional information, contact Sherry Pritz at (815) 316-6357.

From the May 14-20, 2014, issue

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