Stateline innovators take on ‘Shark Tank’ like challenge

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DEKALB, Ill. (WTVO) — For the 13th year in a row, Stateline innovators and entrepreneurs get the chance to pitch their ideas.

It was part of the NIU EIGERlabs annual FastPitch competition.

Each person gets three minutes to impress a panel of judges.

Some of the ideas from Wednesday night included self assembling building blocks, an organic fire-proof gel and a better gymnastic mat.

The winner of the $5,000 top prize went to the inventor of a product called “Acutrack.”

It uses RF-ID tags and Bluetooth to better track inventory for retail stores.

“I know when I go to the store, I want to be sure the product is there,” said 2019 NIU EIGERlab FastPitch Winner, Anthony Valiulis. “So, having something like this will make it better for customers, because they can go to the store and have that satisfaction of finding what they’re looking for, not leaving without the product they wanted.”

The prototype for “Acutrack” was cretaed in EIGERlab.

Nearly 40 people took part in this year’s FastPitch.

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