Updated: 11 hours ago
In this series, TXi Editor Judge Gwyn sits down with students who have started a business or brand while in school to highlight the next generation of founders.
Students today are under enormous amounts of pressure. Reports from this year show that 70% of students are "often or always stressed" due to their school load.
While many factors come to play with student stress, social media is still a leading cause of mental health issues in children and teens. Low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety come with the long hours that many kids spend online these days.
Audrey Ajakaye, an 18-year-old CEO from Houston, has started her brand and app, LoveMySkin, to correctly diagnose skin conditions and help alleviate some of the anxieties associated with body image. Audrey wants to make the world skin-positive for everyone through her platform and help everyone feel comfortable in their daily lives.
Still, as a Black woman and minority founder, the odds are against her. Startups led by Black female founders only account for 2.6% of the funding that female founders received in the first half of 2021.
As Audrey heads off to college, will she be able to scale her brand and create a skin-positive world for all?
Founder and CEO Audrey Ajakaye
Looking for more information?
Audrey is currently in the funding stages. If you are interested in investing in LoveMySkin, Audrey's LinkedIn page can be found here.