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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 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus. Modeled after the Emmy award-winning Shark Tank on ABC, six student entrepreneur teams 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.

Last fall student entrepreneurs submitted business plans for review to faculty and staff. On April 12, the six finalists will present ideas ranging from a mobile app which helps students find parking spaces on their college campuses to a service connecting homeless shelters with local businesses to reduce food waste.

Judges include: Scott Nordheimer, Senior Advisor, Urban Atlantic and Urban Atlantic Development and member of the Washington DC Economic Development Partnership board; David Popp, professor of business and 21-year veteran of Transwestern’s executive team; Sidney Katz, member of the Montgomery County Council; Laura Sildon, director of HMSHost Foundation; Bill Keating, founder and CEO of Waste Acquisition Group; and Iris Sherman, founder of Kitchology and six other successful startup businesses.

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.


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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