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Entrepreneurs Compete for $70k in UMD's Cupid's Cup Business Competition

Mar 26, 2013
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Under Armour’s Kevin Plank Serves as Sponsor and Judge

Six startups will compete in the April 5 final round of Cupid’s Cup, the national business competition held by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The annual competition is sponsored by Kevin Plank, CEO and founder of Under Armour. The finalists will compete for the Cupid’s Cup, $70,000 in cash funding, and exclusive access to a member of Plank’s professional network. Each will deliver a 6-minute business pitch to Plank and a panel of judges in front of 1,000 attendees at UMD’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The final competition day will also include a business and innovation showcase highlighting more than 50 startups and entrepreneurship organizations.

Additional information is available at www.cupidscup.com.

When: Friday, April 5, 2013

Business & Innovation Showcase, sponsored by BB&T: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Cupid’s Cup final competition: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Dekelboum Concert Hall
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Cupid’s Cup finalists:

  • CoverPlay LLC, University of Virginia -- maker of an ultra-thin Bluetooth speaker for mobile devices called the Mojo
  • Diagnostic anSERS, University of Maryland -- maker of ink-jet printed sensors for detecting trace amounts of chemicals, from explosives to narcotics
  • Earth Starter LLC, University of Maryland -- maker of products to accelerate and simplify growth and yield for gardens
  • Hole Patch LLC, Case Western Reserve University -- developer of a new method for patching potholes
  • Moolaguides.com, Florida State University -- a study tool for college students that rewards academic effort
  • Neural Analytics, University of California Los Angeles -- a developer of a portable non-invasive medical device to diagnose traumatic brain injuries on the football field or the battlefield

Event website: www.cupidscup.com.

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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.