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The excitement of going back to school seems to come with a huge drawback: there isn’t as much time to stumble. Well, in theory, anyway! The truth is, we’ve heard that even never-ending problem sets and extra-curricular-activity-filled days can’t keep you all away from StumbleUpon for very long. Whether inspiring you with great articles and photos, feeding you with scrumptious recipes, or entertaining you with online humor or games, StumbleUpon always has your back.

So, whether you stumble a lot or are just a late-night procrastinating stumbler (we’ve all been there!), we here at StumbleUpon want you to make your time stumbling the web even more productive and fun! Today, we are launching “Stumble to Spring Break,” a contest designed to have college students across the nation introduce as many people to StumbleUpon as possible. The prize? A trip anywhere in the 50 U.S. states (yes, you can go to Hawaii!) for you and your friends, with up to $5,000 of your flight and lodging on StumbleUpon’s dime. And that’s not all! We’re also giving FlipCams and iPads away to any team that signs up a certain number of users.

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Excited? Here’s what you’ve got to do:

Form a team of 2 to 4 people, and apply to become official StumbleUpon ambassadors. If your team’s chosen, sign up as many users as possible between October 22, 2010 and March 1, 2011. It’s that simple!*

Automatic Prizes:

1,000 signups: FlipCams for all team members
5,000 signups: iPads for all team members

Grand Prize:

The team with the highest number of signups over 5,000 receives a vacation for the whole team (hotel + flight credit up to $5,000).

You can also score other prizes and increase your chances of winning the Grand Prize for demonstrating creativity in your approach and keeping your users stumbling!

Sounds awesome, right? To compete, you need to send an email to by October 18, 2010 with the following info:

  • Full names, emails, and StumbleUpon usernames of all team members (2 to 4 people).
  • Team name.
  • One paragraph describing why you love StumbleUpon (250 words max). This can include any ideas or marketing initiatives you have up your sleeve! Hate writing? You can also submit a 30 second video of your team showing some love for StumbleUpon (upload to YouTube and email us the link).

Once you sign up, you will get an email explaining how to track your signups. To start you off, StumbleUpon will also provide each team with pizza coupons, schwag, and other promotional materials so you can hit the ground running.

Questions? Concerns? Check out our FAQs below, or email Brush off your marketing skills and get excited for a stumble-tastic school year!

Stumble On,
Salone Kapur
Marketing Intern

Quick FAQs:

Who is eligible for this awesome contest?
You must be 18 years or older and currently in your undergraduate years at a U.S. college or university.

Who can I sign up? Just my college friends?
You can sign up anyone you want! Feel free to introduce StumbleUpon to anyone from your grandmother, roommate or long lost pen-pal – as long as they’re real human beings. (No cheaters! We’ll monitor potential spammers closely).

When does the contest officially begin?
All teams will be contacted by October 22, and they can start signing up new users immediately!

When is the trip?
This is totally up to you! After the recipients are announced in early March 2011, you will have 6 months to take your trip.

Where can we go with this trip?
Any of the 50 U.S. states (yes, that includes Hawaii).

Are meals covered?
No, just flights and lodging.

When will I know if I’ve won?
Recipients will be announced by early March 2011.

Can I redeem the trip for cash?
Where’s the fun in that? Unfortunately, you will not be able to redeem any of the prizes for cash.

How do I track signups?
We’ll update teams regularly on their progress in the contest. Stay tuned for more details!

How do I know if I’m close to winning?
We will keep all teams updated about the current leaders throughout the competition. Your team will automatically receive iPads for each member if you have 5,000 sign-ups and FlipCams if you have 1,000 signups. And no, you can’t score more than once in one prize category (for example, if you have 5,001 signups, you will just get iPads, not MORE FlipCams…c’mon now!)

Any other questions? Email us at

*Time for some fine print: Teams will be selected from among applicants at StumbleUpon’s sole discretion, and StumbleUpon reserves the right to disqualify teams at any time if we determine, in our sole discretion, that the actions or inactions of one or more members of the team reflect poorly on StumbleUpon.

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