Current Companies

Lip Locker

an all­ natural lipstick company offering Do-­It­-Yourself lip color solutions to enable women to craft the perfect shade to complement their skin tone. (2 founders)

RecruiTeen

an app using GPS positioning to tackle high teen unemployment by connecting teens with part-­time job opportunities (2 founders)

Chi­Chic Boutique

a custom resale & cosmetics shop for special occasions, providing discounted formal wear to underserved students (1 founder)

KGO (Kids Going Out)

a teen-run events company providing a safe space for teens to convene (1 founder)

Arkitekt

a non-profit that helps low income youth develop self-motivating mindsets through youth on youth sports mentoring (2 founders)

Youth Entrepreneurship League (YEL)

provides opportunities for young entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. (1 founder)

Strength Together

a mental health app providing resources to support teens dealing with mental illness 

(1 founder)

Kangaroo

an on-demand hair delivery service for stylists (2 founders)

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