FINALLY – Zombie apocalypse training is gaining the recognition that it deserves. At least that was the consensus amongst the most recent Cupid’s Cup business competition, held by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Reed Street Productions, the organizers of the zombie-themed Run For Your Lives 5K race, took home the top prize for the 7th annual UMD Entrepreneurship Invitational. With 13 races scheduled across the country in 2012, Reed Street Productions expects over $3 million in revenues while doubling the number of events in 2013. Amongst a panel that included Under Armour’s founder and CEO, Kevin Plank, as well as Rob McGovern, chairman and CEO of Jobfox and founder of CareerBuilder.com, Reed Street Productions walked away with $17,500 for winning both the first place prize as well as the competition’s people’s choice award.
Taking home the 2nd place award was the Food Safety Administration for their online courses offering food service professionals food and alcohol safety training and certifications.
The Cupid’s Cup award capped a daylong series of talks, presentations, and events including the launch of Startup Maryland, part of the White House’s Startup America initiative. Also included was the BB&T Business Invitational highlighting various University of Maryland and DC and Baltimore-based startups. My Fridge Rental (2011’s Cupid’s Cup Winner), a dorm room fridge rental service, won the $2,000 award for best student/alumni company, and Veenome, the previously covered video indexing platform, took home the invitational’s best regional company award of the same value.
For those interested in running for their lives, the below video highlights this award winning Zombie 5K.