The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC), a program of the JAX Chamber Foundation, announced Donna Cooper as the regional winner of the InnovateHER competition. Cooper is inventor of the Tube, a hands-free tote and travel pillow that can be filled with clothes.
Launched in 2015, InnovateHER is a nationwide business competition offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to drive attention and resources to innovative products and services. Competitors vie for $70,000 in prize money provided through a gift from the Sara Blakely Foundation.
Cooper was one of seven women who competed in the regional InnovateHER challenge, hosted by JWBC. She is the CEO of Coopergirl Productions and the inventor of the Tube, a travel pillow you stuff with clothes. Slim, nimble and easy to use, the lightweight nylon Tube provides extra storage to help users pack their clothes and get to their destinations with less hassle. It also serves as a neck or back pillow while traveling and as a hands-free tote when hiking, biking, skiing, motorcycle riding, or sightseeing. To see the Tube in action, visit: www.tubulartravel.com.
“The staff at JWBC becomes part of your team. They are enthusiastic, compelling and genuinely helpful. They have extensive training and mentoring programs and offer encouragement every step of the way,” said Cooper.
Now in its third year, InnovateHER continues to make women a bigger part of the conversation around innovation and investment, helping women entrepreneurs realize the empowerment that comes from advancing ideas and products that tap into new market opportunities. Products and services must have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization, and fill a need in the marketplace to qualify. Cooper’s entry will be submitted for consideration to be one of 10 semi-finalists selected by the SBA from the regional winners to compete in the finals in Washington, D.C. in September.
About JAX Chamber
The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to live, work and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.
About the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center
The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center offers entrepreneurial education, mentoring, counseling, networking and business connection opportunities to advance the success of women entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. JWBC serves current and aspiring women business owners in a seven-county area, including Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties. The JWBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the JAX Chamber Foundation.