Competition Winners

Cupid’s Cup Business Competition Winners

The companies below, all founded by alumni, received the grand prize in Cupid’s Cup: the Univeristy of Maryland Business Competition, sponsored by Kevin Plank ’96, founder and CEO of Under Armour.

Javazen (2016) promotes health in the coffee industry through the creation and distribution of functional beverages. The startup aims to lead new trends in the beverage industry which can make the world a better place. Javazen products are always organic, always nutritious, and always delicious. 

Disease Diagnostic Group (2014) has produced a rapid, accurate and inexpensive handheld device that can diagnose Malaria within one minute with one drop of blood, similar to a diabetes test. Existing alternatives include blood drops that must be tested in a lab and have slower turnaround and pregnancy-test like strips that are unreliable due to unstable storage conditions. John is a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Earth Starter (2013) was formed to solve what the founders believe will be the world's most pressing issue in upcoming years: sustainable healthy food supplies. Our goal is to help people reduce their dependency on global food markets while focusing on creating a more nourishing Earth.

Reed Street Productions (2012) operates 'Run for Your Lives', a zombie apocalypse-themed 5K race in which participants navigate an obstacle course and rugged terrain - all while being chased by "zombies". Reed Street Productions (2011) is a dorm size refrigerator rental service, currently serving schools in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and DC. Logo

Social Growth Technologies (2010) has created Social Ingot, a platform to help social games and online worlds generate revenue through their virtual economies.

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College Magazine (2009) is the ultimate and uncensored guide to college. Written entirely by students, they cover real issues that affect the campus community: class, parties, sex, internships, music and more.

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Anaptyx (2008) provides WiFi Internet access to entire apartment communities and municipalities through energy-efficient technology

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Goozex (2007) (short for "Goods Exchange") is a trading community for video games and movies providing the most advanced, feature-rich, and customer-acclaimed platform to trade products for other products. Goozex Logo
North Star Games (2006) makes innovative board games including the award-winning Wits & Wagers, Say Anything and Cluzzle, available at Borders, Barnes & Noble and Target. North Star Games Logo