Finalists for the annual Cupid’s Cup Entrepreneurship competition include startup companies making headbands for girls undergoing chemotherapy, chewing gum that’s good for you, and tortilla chips made from…sorry, folks…insects.
Still with me? Good.
The competition, now in its eleventh year, is chaired by Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank in collaboration with the University of Maryland, according to a news release from Under Armour.
On April 7, the six finalists will compete for a $100,000 cash prize by pitching their products to a panel of judges that includes Plank; author, TV host and BridgeEdu Founder Wes Moore; Dan Gilbert, founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers; and Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
The participating companies hail from several different universities. The hometown favorite is Javazen from the University of Maryland, which sells special nutrient-rich coffee.
The others include:
- Headbands of Hope, from North Carolina State University, which creates headbands for girls undergoing chemotherapy; for each unit sold another will be donated to a child with cancer.
- mybestbox, from Columbia University, which provides gift boxes full of high-quality goods to help customers life a healthier lifestyle. A box might include natural lotion and tooth care products or a hypoallergenic pillow and skin-care products.
- Plova Chewing Gum, from Trinity University, designed to keep your mouth clean and healthy.
- Wolf & Shepard, from the University of Notre Dame, which designs extra-comfortable shoes.
- Six Foods, from Harvard University, which makes the aforementioned tortilla chips using a flour made from…sorry again…ground-up crickets. Known as “Chirps,” the company wants them to help normalize insect-based foods, according to the release.
More information about the event, including tickets, can be found here.