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University of Maryland Start-Up Wins 11th Annual Cupid's Cup Competition

April 8, 2016

Katie Lawson, University of Maryland, 301-405-4622
Danielle Bennings, Plank Industries, 410-624-5363
Erin Wendell, Under Armour, 410-952-3800

Entrepreneurship Competition Founded by UMD alumnus and Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Under Armour Founder and CEO Kevin Plank, in collaboration with his alma mater and Founding University Partner the University of Maryland, announced Javazen as the winner of the 2016 Cupid’s Cup Competition. The annual event, now in its 11th year, was held on campus at the University of Maryland in College Park. Javazen founders Eric Golman, Aaron Wallach, and Ryan Schueler took home the grand prize, which includes a cash prize of $75,000, in-kind services and guidance from top business leaders, and the prestigious Cupid’s Cup title. Javazen also received an additional $5,000 for winning the Audience Choice Award, which was selected by text voting
from audience members. 

The annual competition is inspired by Plank’s first entrepreneurial venture, selling roses on campus while a student at the University of Maryland. Cupid’s Cup strives to encourage interest in student entrepreneurship, 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 Dan Gilbert, Founder & Chairman of Quicken Loans, Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Founder & Chairman of Rock Ventures; Wes Moore, Author of The Other Wes Moore, Founder & CEO of BridgeEdU, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network; and Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution. 

The $20,000 second place prize was awarded to Laura D’Asaro and her company Six Foods, a startup that aims to normalize insect foods. The original $10,000 Best Entrepreneur Award was split into two $5,000 awards to recognize both Plova and MyBestBox for their passion and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Rounding out the field of finalists were: Headbands of Hope of North Carolina State University, a company selling fashionable headbands and giving one additional headband for every purchase to a girl undergoing chemotherapy; and Wolf & Shepherd of University of Notre Dame, designing dress shoes to perform like running shoes by integrating foam technology into the heart of each sole.

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