LITE equips African-American and Latinx students with 21st-century skills to create wealth. Our vision is for African-American and Latinx students to close the racial wealth gap by becoming entrepreneurs and securing high-wage jobs.
LITE starts as the Finalist Program, a 4-month idea incubator for African-American and Latinx high school students. Each week, the students learn 21st-century skills to apply to their business plans. Pitch Night is the culmination of the high school program as students pitch their ideas to a crowd of 400 people. Audience members help in selecting thousands of dollars in additional funds for student ideas.
LITE continues as the Innovation Fellows Program, an 8-year timeline that helps students transition from college into creating wealth in their communities with entrepreneurship. Innovation Fellows have access to internship matching, mentor matching, business coaching, and community networks.
IN THE MEDIA
LITE Memphis: Pitch Night Competition 2019 - Memphis Small Business Quarterly - April 2019
LITE Memphis - Local 24 - March 2019
Special education support & lunchbox warmers: High school students pitch product ideas to meet needs - High Ground News - December 2018
Students prepare to pitch their business ideas at LITE - News Channel 3 WREG - December 2018
LITE Memphis - Local 24 - November 2018
LITE Pitch Night (12/6) - Teach901 - November 2018
High school entrepreneurs help Memphis shine bright - Launch TN - November 2018
Let’s Innovate Through Education (LITE Memphis) - We Are Memphis - November 2018
Radio Show: Let's Innovate Through Education - cityCURRENT - November 2018
LITE Memphis Pitch Night - The Memphis 100 - November 2018
Teen Innovators Showcase Their Ventures at LITE Pitch Night on December 6th - Choose901 - November 2018
LITE Memphis alums, Rhodes students unite for b2b retail startup - The Daily Memphian - September 2018
LITE Memphis: Our featured non-profit for August 14th - The Social Exchange - August 2018
Let’s Innovate Through Education (LITE) Demo Day - The Memphis 100 - July 2018
Wealth, Poverty, and Race in Memphis — Myths and Misconceptions - The Memphis Flyer - April 2018
Local Memphis LIVE - Local 24 - April 2018
Memphis Teens Are #Winning With LITE Memphis - I Love Memphis - April 2018
LITE Memphis earns national award for fostering high school students into entrepreneurs - High Ground News - April 2018
Allstate and The Atlantic honor 10 extraordinary nonprofits with Renewal Awards - The Renewal Project - March 2018
'We Cannot Move Forward if These Kids Are Left Behind' - The Atlantic - March 2018
Family Focus: Visions turn into reality for student entrepreneurs through 'LITE' - Fox 13 - March 2018
A Memphis nonprofit is opening doors for young entrepreneurs of color - The Renewal Project - March 2018
Building the next generation of Entrepreneurs - Launch TN - November 2017
Monogram Foods Awards $25K to Memphis Nonprofits - Memphis Daily News - August 2017
Can Memphis keep MLK's crusade for economic justice alive? - The Christian Science Monitor - June 2017
Launch Tennessee Announces Creative Community Partners - Launch TN - January 2017
Press inquiries? Contact Alexandra Thompson at email@example.com or (731) 326-3748.