1. V15able became an idea
Letisha discovered the need for an employment service for people with disabilities after she struggled in the job market herself. Realizing the need to help people like her discover their talents Letisha set out to create a platform.
2. V15able accepted into the EQ Accelerator Program
After coming up with the idea in class Letisha was encouraged to submit her idea to UMSL’s first-ever Entrepreneur Quest Student Accelerator program, competing against students for a grand price of $15,000.
3. V15able won first place at UMSL
After a 6-week course in entrepreneurship V15able competed against 10 other businesses in UMSL’s first ever entrepreneurship Quest Accelerator and won $15,000.
4. Applied for Arch Grant
Recruiting the help of entrepreneur and mentors Michael Kehoe and Chris Miller, Letisha and her team of advisors developed the business plan and slide deck to apply for Arch Grants.
5. Accepted into The Square One Program
The Square One Program out of CIC@CET is run similar to the EQ Accelerator program from UMSL. However, it is at a much larger scale where businesses discover mentorship and resources from the St. Louis area.
6. Won Arch Grants
Competing against 600 businesses from around the world V15able gained credibility, resources and mentorship to make the business a reality. Sponsored by Wells Fargo.
7. Joined ITEN
ITEN is a tech based mentorship program run out of T-Rex where the business is matched with a mentor and resources to take the business to the next level.
8. Made Connections
Letisha made a lot of connections during Startup Week in St. Louis, one of which is Sigla. The tech company that helps startup tech companies build their platforms.
9. Started the Build
We are in the beginning stages of raising more money and starting the platform build. By breaking up the work into portions we are able to focus on getting candidates on to the platform with a goal of 100,000 users.
10. Began Seed Rounds
Looking to invest in a great cause with a killer business plan? Look no further. V15able is on a mission to change the world and make a ton of money while doing it.