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 senior 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 featured on Teach901’s blog for her December exhibition at the Village Gallery on South Main.

Meet IYARE

Iyare is a freshman at Southern Methodist University. His idea, "Reel Youth" is aimed at expanding opportunities for youth in film. He used his experience at LITE to build a team of 4 people, develop a logo, conduct target research, and launch his brand as a LITE Finalist in 2017.

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Meet Cinthya

Cinthya is a sophomore 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. Cinthya was selected as a Summer Innovation Fellow at Regional One Health as a part of LITE's internship matching program in 2017.

Meet Nikkia

Nikkia is a sophomore 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.  Nikkia was selected to intern with City Leadership as a part of LITE's internship matching program in 2017. 

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Meet Myles

Myles is a freshman at George Washington University. 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 pitched his idea at the 2017 Teach For America Winter Summit.

Meet Kylee

Kylee is a freshman at Sewanee where she is studying computer science. She launched an iOS app called "You're On Up" that helps motivate and encourage teens.  She was selected as a finalist in Startco's 48-hour pitch competition in 2017.

Meet timmy

Timmy is a junior 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. As as a part of LITE's Spring 2017 cohort, Timmy worked 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%.