Student Entrepreneurs Will Pitch Business Ideas in Front of Local Business Leaders for Seed Money.

Students in the Gordon and Marilyn Macklin Business Institute, Montgomery College’s honors business program, will host Raptor Tank on April 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus. Modeled after ABC’s Emmy award-winning Shark Tank, five student entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas before a live audience and a panel of business leaders from the community.

The winning student entrepreneur will receive $2,500 to start a business. An additional $2,500 will be shared among other winners.

Over 17 student entrepreneurs submitted business plans for review to faculty and staff. On April 27, the five finalists will present ideas ranging from a food delivery service to a machine that quickly sorts parts for engineers working on projects.

Judges include: Jeffrey Capron, managing partner, Aronson LLC; Bill Keating, president and COO, Bowie’s Inc.; Alyssa Lovegrove, associate director of the Entrepreneurship Initiative, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business; David Popp, senior managing director, Mid-Atlantic Region, Transwestern; Gabby Rojchin, principal and creative director, Street Sense; and Marc Steren, entrepreneur in residence, Georgetown University.

Audience members will also be able to vote for a favorite. The winner of this popular vote will receive $500. The event is free and open to the public.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

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