Letisha was born without arms and at an early age had to learn how to do everything with her feet. Letisha has inspired millions of people across the world with her YouTube channel Tisha UnArmed where she makes informational and humorous videos of her daily life without arms.
V15able was developed at the University of Missouri – St. Louis through the Entrepreneurial Quest Accelerator (EQ) program where Letisha developed the skills she needed in order to take her concept of showing that people with disability are more than just their disability, to the next level. After winning the first place in UMSL’s first-ever EQ program with a $15,000 grant Letisha put forth some of the money to building out an official business plan and conducting additional customer discovery.
Chris Miller, the founder and CEO of the Mission Center and Micheal Kehoe the founder and CEO of Johego mentored Letisha through the competition and believed in the mission of V15able so much that they continue to mentor Letisha through the process of building the business. More recently V15able has won an Arch Grant, which is a $50,000 grant, to put toward awards building the online platform.
“When I saw how much of a difference the youtube channel was making I knew that I wanted to help other people like me gain the confidence they needed in order to take back their independence. I am really exited to see what the future holds for V15able we think that this platform to truly express your capabilities is going to change the world.”
V15able | FOUNDER & CEO
- Speaker at Women’s Leadership Institute
- Speaker at UMSL Entrepreneur Camp
- Featured on NPR, St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal
Awards & Mentions
- EQ Accelerator
- Launchcode Moonshot Award Winner 2020
- Arch Grants Recipient
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.