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Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 10th Annual Cupid’s Cup

The wait is almost over… the 10th Annual Cupid’s Cup business competition and Startup Showcase will be held this Wednesday, April 22 at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. The Smith School of Business will host the competition in partnership with competition Chairman Kevin Plank ’96, founder & CEO of Under Armour.

There’s more than $115K in prizes on the line, and the finalists have been selected from some of the top student entrepreneurs in the world.

10001385_10152299454746897_640720858_nAs if you needed more incentive to be there, check out these 10 reasons to make sure you attend this signature #30DaysUMD event:
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College Park, MD – February 24, 2015 – Twelve startups have been selected from nearly 200 worldwide entries to advance to the semifinal round in the Tenth Annual Cupid’s Cup Business Competition, presented by Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank and the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. The entrepreneurs will present on March 10 at Under Armour’s global headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. The top five startups will compete for $115,000 in total prizes at the final round to be held April 22 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Semifinalists will travel from across the country and Canada to spend the day pitching their businesses and interviewing with the investors, entrepreneurship experts, and Under Armour executives who will serve as judges. Plank and the judges will narrow the applicant pool to five finalists who will compete for a transformative prize package including $115,000 in total cash prizes ($75,000 for the grand-prize winner), coaching from a team of successful entrepreneurs, and the prestigious Cupid’s Cup.

The twelve semifinalists represent 11 universities and a broad range of industries. They are:

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Do you have what it takes? Top 10 Reasons to Apply to Cupid’s Cup 

Kevin Plank’96, founder and CEO of Under Armour, is looking for the world’s most passionate student entrepreneurs for the 10th Annual Cupid’s Cup. If you are a student entrepreneur with a game-changing business idea, here are 10 reasons you should apply today.

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Introducing the 2014 Cupid’s Cup Finalists

Cupid’s Cup is only 10 days away! Six of the nation’s top student entrepreneurs will pitch Kevin Plank and a panel of celebrity entrepreneur judges for a chance at $115K in total prizes. More than 1,000 people will be in the audience on April 4 and attendees will be able to text-to-vote for their favorite student startup. Don’t miss it! Get a free ticket at http://www.cupidscup.com/.

Here are your 2014 Cupid’s Cup Finalists.
Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 1.38.19 PMFounder: Jason Gates
San Francisco, CA


IMAG4379Compology places sensors on dumpsters to track dumpster volume and reroute waste pickup to skip empty dumpsters. Compology improves hauler margins by 50% by reducing fuel costs and vehicle maintenance from inefficient routing and increasing crew utilization. The team believes “smart trash” can significantly reduce costs in the $68B waste industry. Jason is a 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland.




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Founder: John Lewandowski
Boston, MA

IMAG4396Disease Diagnostic Group (DDG) 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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Founder: James Li
Origin: Roslyn-Arlington, VA


IMAG4392Encore Alert monitors social media for mid-market brands and identifies the most important influencers and trending conversations. Brands are struggling to react to the large volume of social media data and rarely take action. Encore Alert automatically sends simple alerts to notify a brand of a high priority conversation (influential post, trending topic, PR risk) and provides recommendations to take action (retweet, write blog post, or respond). James is a 2013 graduate of Georgetown University.



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Founder: Susan Thompson
Origin: Canton, MA

IMAG4390Kohana is developing a quiet, compact and discrete breast pump. Current breast pumps use loud, vacuum technology that force women to pump in isolation, often making it impossible for working mothers to keep up with demands of pumping and work. Kohana’s wearable compression technology simulates hand-expression instead of high-powered suction, allowing women to pump anytime and anywhere. Susan is a 2013 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University.

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 1.38.42 PMFounder: Derrius Quarles
Origin: Louisville, KY



Million Dollar Scholar (MDS) is a web-based platform that provides curriculum and consulting/coaching services to students, parents and guidance counselors to help identify and win college scholarships. College students graduate with an average of more than $25K in debt. There is also a shortage of high school counselors, with the average counselor serving 450 students. MDS provides tools beyond other scholarship matching sites, such as essay editing, resume creation and interview assistance. Derrius is a 2013 graduate of Morehouse College.




LogoTransparentFounder: Chase Kaczmarek
Origin: College Park, MD

IMAG4377Wheel Shields are a longboarding accessory that improve safety, block mud and enable skaters to perform more advanced tricks.These metal hubcaps create a physical barrier between the wheel and the board, preventing the accidental braking that often throws skaters from their boards. Chase is a current undergraduate student at the University of Maryland.


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Inside the Cupid’s Cup Semifinals

Typically, when you hear Cupid’s Cup you think of a big stage, cash prizes, 1,000 people in the audience, and five student entrepreneurs pitching to Under Armour Founder & CEO, Kevin Plank. Yes, the final competition is grand. But what often gets overlooked is the day-long semifinal round at the Under Armour headquarters. According to the semifinalists themselves, this is one of the most valuable aspects of the Cupid’s Cup experience, even for those who don’t advance to the final round.

In February, 12 of the country’s top student entrepreneurs will be flown to Baltimore, MD to participate in the semifinals at the Under Armour headquarters. During this rigorous competition at the legendary Under Armour campus, semifinalists will hear an exciting address from Plank and pitch their business to judges from Under Armour and the Dingman Center. At the end of the day, Plank will announce the five student entrepreneurs who will take the big stage on April 4.

Does you have what it takes to compete in Cupid’s Cup? Would you like to join us at the semifinal round at the Under Armour headquarters? Submit an application by the January 6 deadline by visiting www.cupidscup.com.

Questions about Cupid’s Cup? Contact Holly DeArmond at hdearmond@rhsmith.umd.edu

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