Student Speaker Competition Winner: Lowerclassman

Founder: iReTron.com and UProspie.com

Alumnus: ABC's Shark Tank


Jason Li is a first-year at the University of Chicago and an entrepreneur from California.

Raised in the heart of Silicon Valley, Jason developed a strong passion for environmental impact and entrepreneurship. After learning about the e-waste crisis, he wanted not only to do his part, but to turn ‘"going green" into a rewarding effort, rather than a burdensome task. With an initial loan of $2,000 from his father and $43,000 dollars won from various competitions, Jason decided to address the e-waste crisis and founded iReTron.com, a social enterprise that buys back, refurbishes, resells, and donates used electronics.

As a successful 15 year old entrepreneur, Jason eventually found his way to ABC’s show, Shark Tank. Leaving with an investment of $100,000 from Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran, Jason grew his company to earn more than two million dollars in 2014. 

After coming to Chicago, Jason found a new passion in education and is currently working on building a new start-up, UProspie.com, that will increase transparency and accessibility to higher education for high school students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

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