Our student entrepreneurs are the heart and soul of Let's Innovate through Education. Their dreams are big. Their ideas are bold. And their will to succeed cannot be stopped. 

Each year LITE selects over 75 aspiring entrepreneurs for a chance to launch an idea and follow a dream. Meet a few of our students and learn about their ideas below!

Meet Halima

Halima, a junior at Houston High School, launched ArtRevival as a Finalist at LITE. What’s she been up to since then? Halima has been busy developing partnerships with local schools and empowering middle schoolers by tackling community issues through art workshops. She was recently featured on Teach901’s blog for her December exhibition at the Village Gallery on South Main.

Meet IYARE

Iyare is a senior at Houston High School and a current Finalist with LITE. His idea, "Reel Youth" is aimed at expanding opportunities for youth in film. He's used his experience at LITE to build a team of 4 people, develop a logo, conduct target research, and will launch his brand at LITE Pitch Night - Spring 2017.

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Meet Cinthya

Cinthya is a freshman at Rhodes College in Memphis. She launched a project called "Uno Mas" as a part of the LITE Finalist program to tackle the lack of educational and language learning opportunities in the Latino community. This summer she's been accepted as an Innovation Fellow at Regional One Health as a part of LITE's internship matching program.

Meet Nikkia

Nikkia is a freshman at Mississippi State University. As a LITE Finalist, she launched "Drive Literacy Memphis," an organization that donated over 300 books to start a local elementary library and raised $1,000 to donate enough resources to help 35 families at a local KIPP School with their summer reading program.  This summer Nikkia will be interning with City Leadership as a part of LITE's intern matching program. 

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Meet Myles

Myles is a senior at Central High School and has been accepted to Howard, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Xavier. As a LITE Finalist, Myles launched Resumade to help equip teens with the skills they need to create impactful resumes and find the employment they deserve. Myles has successfully hosted workshops with students all over Memphis and was recently invited to pitch his idea at the 2017 Teach For America Winter Summit.

Meet Kylee

Kylee is a senior at Soulsville High School. She launched an iOS app called "You're On Up" that helps motivate and encourage teens.  Kylee is currently in the process of deciding which college offer she'll accept, but she is excited to begin her college studies as a computer science major. 

Meet timmy

Timmy is a sophomore at Douglass High School, and he believes that even when the odds are stacked against you, you must dream big enough to achieve your goal. This spring Timmy is working tirelessly to launch GrowSmart, an initiative aimed at eliminating food deserts by adding low cost fertilizer to community gardens to increase their carrying capacity by 5%.