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Entrepreneurs to Compete for $70k in Cupid's Cup

March 26, 2013

Greg Muraski, 301-405-5283


Cupid's CupSix startups, including two from the University of Maryland, will compete in the April 5 final round of Cupid's Cup, the national business competition held by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at UMD'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 six-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


Friday, April 5, 2013

  • Business & Innovation Showcase, sponsored by BB&T: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center)
  • Cupid's Cup final competition: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center)


  • Kevin Plank, CEO and founder of Under Armour

Cupid's Cup finalists:

  • 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
  • CoverPlay LLC, University of Virginia -- maker of an ultra-thin Bluetooth speaker for mobile devices called the Mojo
  • Hole Patch LLC, Case Western Reserve University -- developer of a new method for patching potholes
  •, 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

2013 Cupid's Cup Finalists