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Frequently Asked Questions

1.    What is the Quad Cities Fast Pitch Competition?
The Quad Cities Fast Pitch Competition is a business idea competition where individuals have a chance to compete in one of four tracks:

  1. 1. Technology/Web

  2. 2. Industrial/Manufacturing

  3. 3. Retail/Service

  4. 4. Restaurant/Entertainment

The competition has three rounds:

  1. 1st round: Individuals submit answers to six questions about their business idea via an application reviewed by the Quad Cities Fast Pitch Competition Steering Committee.

  2. 2nd round: Five individual category winners from the four tracks move on to the semi-finals to compete in front of a panel of five judges.

  3. 3rd round. Four finalists compete in front of a live audience for the grand prize. The second and third rounds will be held on the same day, at Augustana College in Rock  Island.

2.    Is there any cost to apply?
No. The Quad Cities Fast Pitch Competition is a public/private project organized by area service providers and economic development practitioners. It is funded through a Riverboat Development Authority grant as well as monetary / in-kind contributions from the partners.
3.    Who is eligible to apply?
All residents of Rock Island and Scott counties are eligible. Existing businesses are not eligible for competition. Eligibility of all applicants is determined by the Quad Cities Fast Pitch Steering Committee. More information on eligibility can be found on the rules tab on the Quad Cities Fast Pitch website.
4.    When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is March 15. The committee will begin accepting applications beginning February 10.
5.    Who is on the steering committee?
The steering committee is comprised of representatives from the cities of Bettendorf, Davenport, Moline and Rock Island; Augustana College; Illinois and Iowa Small Business Development Centers; Illinois and Iowa Cooperative Extension Service; Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and WQAD NewsChannel 8.
6.    Who sits on the judging panel?
All judges come from outside Rock Island and Scott Counties and have a background in business, business education and entrepreneurship.
7.    If selected, what do I need to know about the semi-final and final rounds?
Only one individual can give the fast pitch during these competition rounds. Props are allowed. PowerPoint presentations are not. Total time allotment for each fast pitch is 15 minutes (includes set-up and tear down of props).
8.    Is information presented by participants confidential?
Information submitted by all individuals will be reviewed in confidence by the Quad Cities Fast Pitch Competition Steering Committee. Category semi-finalists will compete in front of a five-member judging panel. Semi-finalists competing for the grand prize will do so in front of a live audience.

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