Five Reasons to Attend Cupid’s Cup

Cupid’s Cup Business & Innovation Showcase and Final Competition are only five days away! Have you registered to attend yet?  This will be the biggest Cupid’s Cup to date with more attendees, more elaborate setup and finalists from across the nation.  Still need convincing?  Here are five reasons why you should come to the 8th Annual Cupid’s Cup, the University of Maryland Business Competition.

5. Hear from UMD and regional entrepreneurial leaders

CC-21Feb13-704_hrNotable guests include Kevin Plank, Founder and CEO of Under Armour, President Wallace Loh, of the University of Maryland, Dean Anand, of the Robert H. Smith School of Business, Dean Lucy Dalglish, of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, Darius Graham, Co-Founder of the DC Innovation Project, and Bud Rosenthal, President of AOL Paid Services!

4. Enjoy Strawberry Startup ice cream on its last day!

r2_icecreamcard-1The Dairy created Strawberry Startup, a delicious blend of strawberries, chocolate chips, and cream, exclusively for Cupid’s Cup. If you haven’t had the chance to try it yet, the Business and Innovation Showcase will be the last time to enjoy our signature flavor. Don’t miss it!

3. Vote for the 5 Coolest Booths at the Business & Innovation Showcase and help award them each $2000 from BB&T!

BBT_logo-smEntrepreneurs will be showcasing their startups at the Business & Innovation Showcase, sponsored by BB&T. You are invited to explore the showcase, network with entrepreneurs, play with their inventions and vote for your 5 favorite booths. The 5 companies who receive the most votes will each win $2,000!

2. Network in the AOL Innovation Lounge

AOL_MB_Canv_1C_1_MasterHang out at AOL’s “Innovation Lounge”, a vibrant space for networking with other attendees and local entrepreneurs where you can meet representatives from AOL’s technology team and other media properties, learn about the cool things going on at the new AOL, and maybe even find a job!

1. Watch 6 finalists duke it out for $70K in cash prizes

KP and FinalistsSix startups from across the nation, including two from the University of Maryland, will compete for the Cupid’s Cup grand prize at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Will UMD be able to keep the cup at home? Come support your fellow Terps as they take on the nation’s best for student-run companies.

Excited yet? Don’t forget to register for the event here Tickets are free, but required for entry. Make sure your reserve your seat before we reach capacity!

To learn more about the event and the finalists, visit our website at

v65oai7fxn47qv9nectxTo stay updated on the latest news, follow our twitter at @UMD_Dingman and tweet us using #CupidsCup!

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