16 May From Lemons to Lemonade
From Lemons to Lemonade: How one millennial inventor took his largest misfortune and changed it into a projected fortune
Who is Corey Cooper?
I am a product of Mobile, AL, born and raised. I’m a son, a father, an educator, and an inventor. I am a former athlete that traded it in to use my intellectual side.
Tell us more about launch jackets and how you came up with the concept?
The product came up after my brother’s accident. He got a bike one week and I was supposed to get mine the next. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen because he died. At that point, I began to wonder what I could have done to help change the outcome, so I began to do research. That’s when I found out there weren’t many products that could assist bike riders with safety precautions.
After I got the coroner’s report and started doing more research, I found that most riders are thrown forward, especially inexperienced riders. Even the experienced riders who know how to land bikes properly are not always successful. When you start playing with gravity on any level, it’s dangerous. This is what really helped me come up with the idea.
What has been the most challenging aspect of getting your invention patented?
The patent process wasn’t hard at all; it was just submitting the paperwork in a timely manner. The expenses were an uphill battle, if anything. Coming from a low-income, single-parent area, it’s hard to pool money together. I had to forget about what others thought because most people where I am from look at you crazy or down talk you when you have an idea that is “out of the box.” I couldn’t listen to that nor care; I just kept grinding.
Any advice for Black inventors?
Mainly, focus on the product. Don’t focus on all the other stuff. Come up with a consumer-ready finished product. Also, don’t sell out! There will be a lot of opportunities where you can take a quick cash deal that seems high dollar, but in the grand scheme of things, they really are not.
How can interested readers keep up with you and your invention?
YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook: Corey Cooper.
This article was written by Justin Sims, (IAMMRMENTOR), In hopes of not only inspiring entrepreneurs, but young black males to be the best and the truest version of themselves.
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