Milwaukee entrepreneur and inventor Tyeshia Coopwood recently scored $10,000 for being voted the top startup out of 12 emerging companies that participated in The Cultivator, an accelerator for minority entrepreneurs in the tech, e-commerce and manufacturing industries operated through The Blueprint program by Milwaukee’s Young Enterprising Society.
Coopwood’s invention, Potty Pearls, is a portable ‘pearl’ that hides toilet odor. In addition to the money, Coopwood is also receiving financial and legal services, office space, and is working on leasing a light manufacturing laboratory inside the Milwaukee County Research Park in Wauwatosa, Coopwood said.
Coopwood recently was one of 70 small businesses to display and sell productsat the Small Biz Market, a marketplace for clients of Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corp., or WWBIC, at the organization’s annual luncheon at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.
Other cash prize winners from The Cultivator were DigiClipIt, a digital marketing and media firm; StyleQ, a tech company that connects customers to beauty professionals in Milwaukee; and New Way, a bike manufacturing startup. Rather than awarding a second and third place winner, organizers awarded the three startups $2,500 each. Read the full story here.