Speaker Spotlight-Laura Gump
Inventor and Founder Laura Gump, Sum It Up Lacrosse and Swax Lax
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How do you make that idea for a product- a reality?
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Laura Gump seized on a passion for the sport of lacrosse by founding two highly successful companies: Sum It Up Lacrosse and Swax Lax. Laura is a longtime youth lacrosse coach who currently coaches at Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey and at her own company, Sum It Up Lacrosse, which, for the last 10 years, has offered camps and clinics for roughly 1,000 K-8th grade girls and boys every year. It was her experience coaching new players and very young players – as well as accidentally hitting her own 4th grade daughter in the face while teaching her to catch in the backyard -- that she came up with the idea for a new product that she turned into another business. Swax Lax lacrosse training balls are the exact same weight and size as a hard rubber lacrosse ball, only a lot softer. After less than three years, Laura’s patent-pending product is now seen as a game-changer for the sport and is hailed by coaches, players and parents because it’s the perfect training tool for new players of all ages enabling them to learn stick skills with more confidence and less fear. The balls are also ideal for indoor training since the balls don’t bounce or harm hardwood gym floors. Over 800 stores in the US, Canada and the UK now carry the product, and teams at all levels, including Duke and UVA, use the balls at their practices. Laura’s company broke even after the first year and is now on track to sell 120,000 balls this year alone.
Laura was the recipient of the 2015 Visionary of the Year award from B.I.G., a national organization dedicated to building entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities for women of all ages.