Entrepreneur semifinalists pitching Under Armour founder Kevin Plank during the 2013 Cupid's Cup Competition. Photo via Facebook.
Five teams of student-entrepreneurs from the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University are among the 14 semifinalists in this year’s Cupid’s Cup competition.
Hosted and supported by Under Armour founder Kevin Plank, the annual contest begun in 2006 for student-startups is open to colleges across the U.S. More than 150 teams entered the 2014 competition.
The startup that wins first place in the competition receives $75,000. All the semifinalists will present their early-stage company ideas at Under Armour headquarters in Tide Point Thursday on Feb. 20. Five finalists, who will compete again in early April, will be chosen from the pool of 14.
Here are the five Maryland teams (from the press release):
- Imaginex (University of Maryland): a tech company that develops and provides large interactive media displays for events and brands
- Compology (University of Maryland): a system that tracks what’s in dumpsters to know when to pick it up and how much it’s worth to increase hauler’s margins by 50 percent
- Kohana (The Johns Hopkins University): maker of a new type of breast pump, The Gala Pump, that women can discreetly wear
- Rehabtics (The Johns Hopkins University): a software developer using customized motion-controlled video games for physical rehabilitation
- Wheel Shields (University of Maryland): maker of a longboard skateboarding device that improves safety, keeps riders dry, and lets skaters perform new tricks