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Six Startups Advance in Cupid's Cup

March 5, 2013

Neil Tickner 301-405-4622

Cupid's Cup LogoCollege Park, Md. – The Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business has named six startups as finalists in the 2013 Cupid’s Cup. The six teams, including two from UMD, will advance to compete in the final round of the national business challenge on April 5, 2013.

The annual competition—sponsored by Kevin Plank, UMD alumnus and CEO and founder of Under Armour—received entries from entrepreneurs at 24 universities across 16 states.

During the final round, the finalists will pitch their businesses to Plank and a panel of judges in front of 1,000 attendees. The following finalists will compete for Cupid’s Cup, $70,000 and exclusive access to a member of Plank’s professional network:

  • 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 FinalistsCupid’s Cup is named for a Valentine’s Day rose delivery business Plank started as a student at the university. As an athlete, he wasn’t permitted to have an outside job, so he turned to entrepreneurship. Plank worked with the Dingman Center to start a business competition to foster similar student entrepreneurship. This is first year the competition has been open to entrepreneurs nationwide.

The competition was open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at accredited U.S. colleges and universities, as well as young alumni who are running companies that have generated at least $5,000 in revenue or have a version 1.0 product with proof of traction. The finalists will receive intensive coaching from successful entrepreneurs to prepare for the final competition. More information is available at