Steven Li is a student, founder, and writer. He is a co-founder of ProjectileX, a youth business education non-profit organization, an editor at Youth Business Collective , a youth-run business publication operated by ProjectileX, the youngest member of the Global Business Coalition for Education's Youth Skills and Innovation Council, a fellow at Stanford University 's Designership Institute, and a contributing writer at Influencive, where he covers the stories of successful young entrepreneurs and social issues that impact young people. He will be attending the University of Illinois as a Computer Science major starting Fall 2018.
Early Life and Activities
Steven was born in Austin, TX, but moved to the Bay Area, where he began 2nd grade and finished his high school education. The difference between where he was born and the Silicon Valley compelled Steven to level the playing field for youth. He operated under the belief that if he couldn't bring a kid to the Silicon Valley, he'd sort of "bring Silicon Valley to the kid" through business and technology education.
His start in business was through DECA the largest business pitch competition in the United States for high school students. Being grateful for the opportunity yet believing that the educational process was too expensive and decentralized, he decided to instead found his own non-profit organization. Steven first looked up to Andrew Yang, founder of Venture for America, and his work inspired Steven to pursue work in social entrepreneurship.
Work and Leadership
Steven has led ProjectileX as CEO to impact over 120,000 students since April 2016 and has advisors including the CTO of Code.org, Global VP of AI at Hewlett-Packard Enterprises, Chief Scientist of Dolby, among others. Under this same leadership, Steven grew Youth Business Collective, which he led the acquisition of in January 2018, from 3,000 readers to over 15,000. His work has been featured twice by Forbes, once in the Under 30 section and the other by the Forbes Coaches Council. Steven additionally leads youth engagement at Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang's campaign.