Donovan Morrison | Northwestern University
Luna Lights has developed an automated lighting system that utilizes cloud-based data analytics to reduce the risk of falling for older adults. Luna Lights consists of an ultra-thin pressure sensor that detects when a user gets out of bed and immediately turns on small, wireless lights around the home. When the user returns to his or her bed, the sensor turns the lights off automatically.
Muhga Eltigani | University of Pennsylvania
NaturAll Club is the first company to deliver fresh, fruit-based hair products using innovative food preservation technologies. Jumping on the DIY and all natural haircare trend, NaturAll Club is disrupting the market by merging the convenience of homemade products with scientific research to mix the right ingredients, creating fresh products, shipped right to your door.
Matthew Rooda | University of Iowa
SwineTech helps farmers increase profits by providing the technologies necessary to reduce piglet deaths. A wearable device placed on the mother sow conditions them to stand up when they are potentially crushing a piglet, increasing productivity for farmers and saving them thousands of dollars per year.
Jess Edelstein & Sarah Ribner | University of Pittsburgh & Columbia University
As seen on ABC's Shark Tank, PiperWai Natural Deodorant is a uniquely effective, aluminum-free deodorant made with activated charcoal to neutralize odor and absorb moisture. An all-natural formula containing no aluminum, paraben or synthetic fragrances, is effective yet gentle on sensitive skin.
Rebecca Liebman | Clark University
LearnLux helps millennials learn personal finance through online learning tools and connects them to resources they need to take action. Through task-based learning, users are exposed to important financial concepts, comparing and simulating available products and simplifying confusing financial jargon.
Kevin A. Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour, has spent the last decade partnered with the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. And he’s done it with one goal in mind – promoting student entrepreneurship through the Cupid’s Cup entrepreneurship competition.
Following the tremendous growth of the event in recent years, Cupid’s Cup has grown into a nationwide competition. And while the University of Maryland will still be centrally involved, the event will now be run by the Plank Foundation for Entrepreneurship, overseen by key Under Armour and Plank Industries executives.
We’ve built a consortium of more than 20 of the top universities, business schools and entrepreneurship centers from across the country. Regional competitions will feed into a national semifinal, to be held at the Under Armour global headquarters in Baltimore, MD. That will narrow the field to six outstanding finalists, who will then pursue over $100,000 in cash prizes.
The 2017 Judges Panel will be revealed closer to the event date. Last year’s panel included the likes of Kevin Plank, CEO & Founder of Under Armour; Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder of Quicken Loans and Majority Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers; Wes Moore, New York Times Bestselling Author and Founder & CEO of BridgeEdu; and, Arianna Huffington, Co-Founder of the Huffington Post. This year’s panel promises to be just as exciting. Stay tuned!