Hundreds of applications were received, and the top 12 teams have been announced. Two of these 12 semifinalists are McCloskey teams: 2015 grand prize winner Wolf & Shepherd (quality performance footwear) and current McCloskey team Ash & Anvil (“shorter guy clothes”). Join us in congratulating these teams!
After ten successful years and tremendous growth, Cupid’s Cup began a new chapter in 2016 by partnering with a consortium of more than 20 top universities, business schools and entrepreneurship centers from across the country. The University of Notre Dame of Notre Dame – the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship – was the first university to be approached by the Under Armour team: the academic institutions participating in the new consortium include: Babson College, Boston College, Clemson University, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Temple University, Texas Tech University,
University of California - Berkeley, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia and other equally prestigious institutions.
Cupid’s Cup participants will be competing for $100,000 in total cash prizes, access to Kevin Plank’s professional network and the prestigious Cupid’s Cup title. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at accredited colleges and universities, or recent alumni of those institutions who are 30 years old or younger. Applicants must be running a legal business entity that has demonstrated proof of traction.
The name of the event is a nod to one of Plank’s first businesses – Cupid’s Valentine Rose Delivery – an enterprise that he started as a student at the University of Maryland to sell roses on campus. Those profits eventually became the seed money to launch Under Armour.
“Nothing energizes me more than meeting passionate young innovators who have the
entrepreneurial drive and conviction to take a risk and start a business,” said Plank. “I am
excited to expand the Cupid’s Cup competition to include some of the world’s best thinkers
and to provide even more resources to help the next generation of leaders reach their
Our heartiest congratulations to Justin Schneider (BA 2011, founder, Wolf & Shepherd) and Eric Huang (BBA 2013, founder, Ash & Anvil).