Maryland native and University of Maryland alum Kevin Plank has done quite well for himself. He’s turned a brand that he started in his grandmother’s row house into the global sporting gear manufacturer Under Armour. Now the Baltimore based company leads the pack in innovation amongst sporting gear companies.
But before Under Armour Plank was already an entrepreneur. He started a rose delivery business while he was a student at the University of Maryland. Plank was on the football team at Maryland and wasn’t allowed to have a job so he started his own comapnies. That rose business is the inspiration for the name of the global startup competition known as Cupid’s Cup.
Now in it’s 10th year The Cupid’s Cup Business Competition Presented By Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank and the University Of Maryland Robert H Smith School Of Business, has narrowed the field down from over 200 global entries to 12 semi-finalists. The semi-finalists will pitch a group of investors, Plank and others affiliated with the competition at Under Armour’s world headquarters on March 10th in Baltimore Maryland.
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 12 semifinalists are:
- East Coast Lifestyle Clothing Inc. (Acadia University) – A Canadian clothing line started in an entrepreneurship class that sells online and in 60 malls across Canada.
- Grip Boost, LLC (University of Maryland) – A product that restores the tackiness to American football gloves, legally, after they have been worn down by the physical nature of the game.
- Gym Supreme (University of Maryland) – A fitness start-up that designs patented fitness products, including the Mega Bar, to help humanity stay consistent with their health goals.
- Identified Technologies (University of Pennsylvania) – Enhances jobsite operations and safety for energy and construction companies using aerial data through a proprietary, pilotless unmanned aerial vehicle and dock station.
- Let’s Be Well RED (Duke University, School of Medicine) – Combats iron deficiency in India through increasing awareness and the GudNeSs bar, which provides the World Health Organization’s recommended daily iron dosage.
- OnYou (George Mason University) – A patent-pending magnetic smart phone case that ensures phone music and application capabilities aren’t limited during exercise.
- Riide (Georgetown University) – Designs, builds, and sells electric bikes while providing urban transportation solutions.
- Scholly (Drexel University) – A mobile and web application that allows students an easy way to find scholarships for college.
- SnappyScreen, Inc. (Cornell University) – The world’s first touchless sunscreen application system.
- Testing Timers (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor) – Patented watches for ACT and SAT testing participants that aid in time management, anxiety reduction, and better results.
- VirtualU INC (Virginia Tech) – Integrates 3D human modeling technology into the fitness and healthcare space so people can accurately track how their body changes as they lose weight.
- ZOOS Greek Iced Teas (Stetson University) – An all-natural, real-brewed, caffeine-free, ready-to-drink Greek Iced Tea.
Unlike most university affiliated startup contests, Cupid’s Cup is truly a business competition. Startup companies need to have at least $5,000 in revenue to show they are true businesses or have other proof of traction.
The finalists will compete in a pitch contest on April 22nd at the University.