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Scholly Wins 10th Annual Cupid's Cup Business Competition Chaired by Under Armour Founder & CEO

April 23, 2015
Contacts: 

Greg Muraski, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
301-405-5283

Laurin Wolf, Under Armour
410-468-2512 ext. 5262

The easy-to-use app allows students to search for and identify available scholarships
based on individual preferences and key criteria
 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Scholly, maker of a mobile and web application that allows students to easily find college scholarships, was named the winner of the 2015 Cupid’s Cup Business Competition, chaired by Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank. The 10th annual event was held April 22 at the University of Maryland, hosted by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. Scholly founder Christopher Gray, a student at Drexel University, took home $75,000 in cash, plus in-kind services and guidance from top companies and business leaders.

Scholly Founder Christopher Gray and Under Armour Founder & CEO Kevin Plank The annual competition is chaired by Plank, a graduate of the University of Maryland, and strives to encourage interest in student entrepreneurship. The international competition is open to undergraduate and graduate-level students at accredited colleges and universities as well as recent graduates of these institutions. 

Joining Plank on the judge’s panel were Daymond John, founder and CEO of FUBU clothing company and Shark Branding, and star of ABC’s “Shark Tank;” Karen Katz, CEO of Neiman Marcus Group; and Mike Lee, co-founder and CEO of MyFitnessPal, a leading health and fitness platform that is part of Under Armour’s Connected Fitness community. 

The judges evaluated six finalists, narrowed down from a pool of 12 semifinalists who presented at Under Armour headquarters on March 10. 

The $20,000 second place prize was awarded to GudNeSs Bar, a startup out of Duke University School of Medicine that makes an iron-rich nutrition bar to combat anemia in India. The third place prize of $5,000 went to SnappyScreen Inc., makers of a touchless sunscreen application system started by an entrepreneur from Cornell University. Gym Supreme, a University of Maryland fitness startup that makes the Mega Bar home gym system, took home the $5,000 audience choice award, decided by text voting from the nearly 1,000 people in the audience. 

Rounding out the field of finalists were: VirtualU Inc. (from Virginia Tech), a company that created a 3D human modeling technology for use in fitness and healthcare so people can accurately track how their bodies change as they lose weight; and ZOOS Greek Iced Teas (Stetson University), maker of a bottled caffeine-free Greek iced tea.

For more information about the competition, please visit www.cupidscup.umd.edu.