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 6-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
Local Memphis LIVE - April 2018
Memphis Teens Are #Winning With LITE Memphis - April 2018
Building the next generation of Entrepreneurs - November 2017
Monogram Foods Awards $25K to Memphis Nonprofits - August 2017
Launch Tennessee Announces Creative Community Partners - January 2017
Press Inquiries? Contact Alexandra Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (731) 326-3748.