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The Pinnacle Entrepreneur Prize Awarded at HCC’s Fall Entrepreneurial Celebration

Adam Popp, the first prize winner in the 2018 entrepreneurial celebration.

Columbia, Maryland – Eleven of Howard Community College’s (HCC) entrepreneurial program students pitched their innovative business ideas to a panel of business professionals at the Fall Entrepreneurial Celebration, held in the Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall (RCF) on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. The bi-annual event is sponsored by HCC’s Center for Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence (CEBE), Pinnacle Advisory Group, Inc., and the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

At the event, top students from the college’s seven introductory entrepreneurship and creativity course classes have five minutes to present their business ideas to a panel consisting of entrepreneurial professionals. Scores are based on presentation, content, and time. The Pinnacle Entrepreneur Prize is presented to two top scorers, with an award of $1,800 for first prize, and $700 for placing second. The CEBE awards a cash prize to the third place winner and the People’s Choice, voted on by the audience.

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce hosts the top two student winners from the fall and spring events for an entrepreneurial showdown at an event in May 2019.

HCC President Kate Hetherington awarded the following students:

1st place to Adam Popp for his presentation of Dry on Demand, an idea for vending machines to be placed at universities, where people can rent umbrellas and return them at other kiosks on campus. Popp is the son of HCC employee, Michael Popp.

2nd place to Adam Yavuzel for his presentation of The Anti-Bullying App, which is designed to raise awareness, tackle negative consequences, and provide victims of bullying with a common platform.

3rd place to Gabriel Lattimer Turner for Cloud Commuting Together, an online carpooling service that pairs community college students who drive with those who don’t.

People’s Choice was awarded to Luke Tomlinson for his presentation of Smart Rise, a product that works like an alarm clock, propping users in their bed to wake them with features including vibration, shaking, and a snooze option.

Pinnacle Pitch judges are selected for their proven business acumen and entrepreneurial experience, and the CEBE gratefully acknowledges the volunteer services and contributions of the following judges to the Fall 2018 Entrepreneurial Celebration:

Dr. Russ Antico, of Howard County Chiropractic Spine and Sports;

Ateba Gaines, social entrepreneurship adjunct professor, Howard Community College;

Anne M. Smith, CTIE, DS, MCC, owner and events designer, travel and events extraordinaire;

Hiba Mohammad, Howard Community College alumni and presenter at Rocket Marketing.

The Center for Entrepreneurial & Business Excellence (CEBE) helps aspiring and existing business owners and students develop themselves and their businesses by utilizing the Center’s programs, services, and resources, including degree and certificate programs in entrepreneurship, and individualized coaching programs to guide aspiring entrepreneurs from assessment through business launch. Visit or call 443-518-1520 for more information.

For information on how to apply and register for classes at Howard Community College, visit Winter 2019 classes start January 2. Spring classes begin on January 30.

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