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Small Business Administration News Release
Date: Jan. 21, 2016
Contact: Cecelia Taylor 202-401-3059
WASHINGTON – A Vermont company was named a finalist today for the 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge. InnovateHER is a national competition highlighting products and services created to benefit women.
Mamava and nine other woman-owned businesses throughout the country will pitch their products and ideas to a panel of expert judges in Washington, D.C. March 16 and 17. The 10 finalists will compete for prizes totaling $70,000 provided by Microsoft.
Mamava, cofounded by Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson in Burlington, Vt., designs freestanding lactation suites that provide a private place for women to nurse or pump.
The company introduced its first suite in the Burlington International Airport in August 2013 and today has suites in schools, airports, malls and sports stadiums across the country. The San Francisco 49ers recently ordered four suites for its Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., which is also home to Super Bowl 50.
In October, Mayer and Dodson were awarded $10,000 when the two took first place during the InnovateHER Vermont Challenge at the Hotel Vermont. The cash prize was provided by Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies.
An executive committee reviewed more than 180 semi-finalist nominations and selected the 10 finalists whose products and services best met the competition criteria and presented the greatest potential for success.
“I am honored to announce the finalists of the second round of the SBA’s InnovateHER, building on the success of our 2015 challenge where we engaged over 100 organizations and reached over 1,000 entrepreneurs across the nation,” said Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator for the Small Business Administration. “Finding and rewarding these visionaries is the message of InnovateHER.”
InnovateHER was launched by the Small Business Administration in 2015 with more than 200 local competitions across the country hosted by universities, accelerators and other local community organizations. The SBA sought to unearth products or services to fill a need in the marketplace and have the greatest potential for commercialization.
For more information about the competition, visit www.sba.gov/innovateHER.