Competition Founder Anna Hopen (15) Presents in Tampa

TAMPA, June 6, 2014.  Anna Hopen was recognized by Tampa’s Centre Club’s Executive Women’s Council as a “Children’s Champion” for her conception and work on the University of South Florida Young Innovator’s Competition.  Going into its 6th year, the competition features a “Shark-Tank” style competition for students in the Tampa Bay region.  Several of the competitors have since received patents and appeared on national television.

 Anna Hopen presents at the Centre Club Anna Hopen, Julie Weintraub and Lisa HopenJenn Holloway and Anna Hopen

Breakfast of Champions® to Honor Creator of USF Young Innovator Competition

Breakfast of Champions® began its 2014 series with success stories from local honorees who are considered to be a “Children’s Champion” and who bring true meaning to the
term “good sport.” During Breakfast of Champions 2014_Anna and Marielis_Flyerpart II of this IV part series, The Centre Club and its Executive
Women’s Council will be honoring Anna Hopen and Marielis Rivera.

In 2009, Anna Hopen conceived a competition for young inventors, Innovations Express,
with the first competition held in 2010. Ten competitors out of the 79 entries competed in
this “Shark-Tank” style event, and several of the young inventors have since received patents
from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Marielis Rivera, Esq., with Fernandez Florida Law, PA, is very active in the community. She
serves on the Board of Directors of Voices for Children, which provides support to abused,
abandoned and neglected children in Hillsborough County. She also serves as a Guardian
ad Litem, where she provides a voice in court for these children.

To reserve your spot, contact Member Concierge at 813.286.4040 or via Email at

$9.95++ Members / $15 inclusive Non-members/ Reservations, please. Guests welcome!

Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon seeking more USF Young Innovators

Casting producer David Garcia advised that he received so many great submissions from the USF Young Innovator competition he wanted us to reach out again.  The deadline is Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The February 19, 2014 segment entitled “Tonight Show Fallonventions” sponsored by GE was such a success they are seeking more young innovators.  Marissa Streng, inventor of the patented Puff-N-Fluff, was a featured guest on the first aired segment. Streng, the 2011 USF Young Innovator Competition grand prize winner, created the dog drying invention while she was in the third grade.

Interested? We invite you to make a 1-2 minute video that showcases the inventor and invention. Keep it simple – you can use the video camera on a smartphone.

Make sure the inventor says the following things:

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Hometown
  4. Invention Name
  5. How they got the idea for the invention
  6. Show how the invention works

You can email the video (or a link, if it’s easier to upload it to Youtube or Vimeo) to David Garcia at “The Tonight Show” ( Make sure that email includes:

  1. Inventor’s name, age, hometown
  2. Invention name
  3. Parents name, phone #, email address

DEADLINE – Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Bloomin’ Brands (Outback Steakhouse) Top Trademark Award

Finalist judge from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and former federal trademark examining attorney Joyce Ward gave out the 2014 Outback Steakhouse Top Trademark Award to Hannah Fowler for her BRITE NIGHT™ trademark.   Hannah also won a $100 gift card to Outback Steakhouse.  Hannah invented a mat that lights up in the dark when stepped on.  The competition committee particularly thanks Kelly Lefferts at Bloomin’ Brands for her long-time support of this award.

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