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Earth Starter named University of Maryland's Cupid's Cup winner

Cash may not grown on trees, but a pair of University of Maryland alums just got thousands of dollars out of their innovative vegetable gardens.

Earth Starter LLC was named winner of the Cupid’s Cup Business & Innovation Showcase and Competition, sponsored by the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. Under Armour founder Kevin Plank announced the final winner on April 5.

This year’s entrepreneurial competition attracted 55 applicants and awarded its largest-ever top prize of $50,000 to Earth Starter LLC co-founders Phil Weiner and John Gorby.

The Frederick-based company’s flagship product is called the Nourishmat.

According to the product’s website:

The Nourishmat is a garden blanket tool designed to “take the guesswork out of gardening.” It allows users to grow a bounty of vegetables and herbs without the otherwise necessary experience, time, and resources required by traditional gardening. The best part about the Nourishmat is that anyone can use it.

Growing one’s own food and flowers is a rewarding experience. The Nourishmat provides an incredible return on monetary investment, producing food from seedballs year after year. It also fosters a healthy lifestyle and planet. Now you can also give the money-saving gift of gardening to empower anyone who is convinced that they cannot grow!

Find more information about the other five finalists and award winners on the competition website.

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