Founder of to speak at 2015 FastPitch Competition

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ROCKFORD, May 18 — Where can you hear a successful serial entrepreneur share her entrepreneurial insights and witness Rockford’s version of ABC’s “Shark Tank” at the same time?

NIU EIGERlab is proud to announce that founder Genevieve Thiers will share her entrepreneurial wisdom at the ninth annual FastPitch Competition on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at NIU Rockford — open to the public at 5 p.m.

Sittercity is America’s first and largest network to connect parents with care givers online – from childcare and pet care to home care and tutoring. It brings millions of users together in a two-sided marketplace that operates in the USA, Canada, and the UK.

In addition, Thiers is an accomplished opera singer, a contributing writer for the Huffington Post and, as a Chicago Entrepreneurship Center board member, she was instrumental in getting 1871 (Chicago’s first tech incubator) off the ground. She is also co-founder of

Thiers and her companies have been featured in an array of media outlets, including the Today Show, The View, Ellen, Donnie Deutsch, CBS’ The Early Show, CNN, Life & Style and in Marie Clare, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Better Homes and Gardens, and Working Mother. They have won more than 15 awards, including being named to the INC 500 list twice, SBA Small Business Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the White House in 2006, the CEC Momentum Award and the WBDC Rising Star award.

For full FastPitch competition details, flyer and registration form, visit NIU EIGERlab’s website,

Business pitches must be submitted in writing (1,000 words or less) to For additional information, contact Sherry Pritz at 815.316.6357.

This event is made possible by NIU EIGERlab, Rockford Area Economic Development Council, StateLine Angels and sponsors: Alpine Bank, Barbara Falconer, City of Rockford, Colorlab Cosmetics, Growth Dimensions of Belvidere & Boone County, IL Small Business Development Center at RVC, IL Procurement Technical Assistance Center at RVC, Leading Edge Hydraulics, Northern Illinois Renewable Energy Summit & Expo, Rockford Area Realtors, Rockford Bank & Trust, Rockford Chamber of Commerce, Rockford Local Development Corporation, Savant Capital Management, Seward Screw Products, Stillman Bank, U.S. Bank, Universal Die Cast, WilliamsMcCarthy, Winnebago County and Wood CPAs.



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