Competition Winners

Pitch Dingman Competition Winners

The Pitch Dingman Competition is the University of Maryland’s only business competition exclusively for Terps. Held annually, students can compete for more than $30,000 in startup funding.


Curu - Spring 2017

Founders: David Potter, Abb Kapoor
Curu provides the only mobile solution to improving your credit score automatically, and securely.


WeCook - Spring 2016

Founder: Ryan Pillai
WeCook enables anyone to have a personal chef to do their everyday cooking and grocery shopping anytime, cost effectively.


417 App Studios - Spring 2015

Founder: Ghedalia Gold-Pastor
417 App Studios produces the mobile app "Puzzable", which allows users to send pictures with a personalized message in the form of a jigsaw puzzle.

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Sono-Assist Monitor - Fall 2014

Founders: Stephanie Cohen, Shawn Greenspan
Sono-Assist Monitor is developing a device that allows medical providers to determine a patient's pulse in low blood flow states.


AnyWire - Spring 2014

Founder: Ben Broch
AnyWire makes an electrical outlet with an adhesive backing that can adhere to any wall, allowing easy access for users.

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Founder: Harrison Baum provides the fastest and easiest way to sell old or broken smartphones by erasing and disassembling the phones to use the parts in other devices.

Cupid’s Cup Business Competition Winners

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

Javazen - 2016

Founders: Eric Golman, Ryan Schueler, Aaron Wallach
Javazen 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.

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Disease Diagnostic Group - 2014

Founder: John R. Lewandowski
Disease Diagnostic Group 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.


Earth Starter - 2013

Founders: Phil Weiner, John Gorby 
Earth Starter 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.

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Reed Street Productions - 2012

Founder: Ryan Hogan
Reed Street Productions 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". Logo - 2011

Founders: Adam VanWagner, Eric VanWagner is a dorm size refrigerator rental service, currently serving schools in Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and DC.

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Social Growth Technologies - 2010

Founder: Paul Capriolo, Patrick Jenkins
Social Growth Technologies 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

Founder: Amanda Nachman
College Magazine 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

Founder: Jonathan Rust
Anaptyx provides WiFi Internet access to entire apartment communities and municipalities through energy-efficient technology

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Goozex - 2007

Founder: Jon Dugan, Valerio Zanini
Goozex (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.


North Star Games - 2006

Founder: Dominic Crapuchettes
North Star Games makes innovative board games including the award-winning Wits & Wagers, Say Anything and Cluzzle, available at Borders, Barnes & Noble and Target.