Thirty-five Memphis high school students have been developing entrepreneurial ideas as part of Let’s Innovate Through Education’s 16-week intensive. On December 6th, they’ll pitch their projects to a crowd of hundreds during LITE Pitch Night for a chance at thousands of dollars in additional funding to launch their ventures.
LITE Memphis equips African-American and Latinx teens with 21st-century skills to create wealth. Their vision is for African-American and Latinx students to close the racial wealth gap in Memphis by becoming entrepreneurs and securing high-wage jobs. The organization helps teens start their own ventures by providing funding, coaching, and access to broader networks. LITE was the recipient of The 2018 Renewal Award, a national award honoring nonprofits for their innovative approaches to social and economic issues, and was also named one of the 20 ideas that can change the world by Forbes Magazine.
During LITE Pitch Night, all of the students in the program will be on hand set up vendor-style to promote their ventures, but only the top 8 ideas will get stage time to pitch to the audience. Those top 8 presenters will be determined by public voting which is now open. Each student is featured in a short video, less than a minute long, introducing their projects. Go litememphis.com/pitch- night to hear what they’ve been working on, and vote to help them advance their ventures. Stage voting ends December 2nd at 11:59 PM.
After you vote, make plans to be in the audience on Pitch Night to see these aspiring entrepreneurs shine. It’s open to the public and tickets are $10 per person. Not only does your participation offer encouragement for these awesome young people, it also makes the program sustainable for future LITE students. Per LITE, individual donations alone supported 66 high school entrepreneurs and their ventures last year.