Amrita Ram is currently a senior at Newport High School. Amrita applied for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class of 2014, hosted by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, with a big idea! She was delighted to have the opportunity to turn that big idea into a real business!
Amrita was inspired by children's sneakers that "light-up" as they walk. She knew that simple technology could be applied in a bigger way. And Fresh Steps was born--a piezoelectric tile system that can power a building from the kinetic energy produced by people walking!
Amrita pitched her business plan to a panel of top business leaders at her local YEA! Investor Panel, as part of the Academy class, where she received funding and was named the Bellevue YEA! Saunders Scholar Semi-Finalist. Amrita was selected, out of 23 semi-finalist businesses competing, to advance to the Finals in Washington, DC and compete against the nation’s top young entrepreneurs at America's Small Business Summit in 2014.
While attending high school and running her own business, Amrita has been appointed to the National Honor Society as well as the Global Youth Leader Institute, and has been awarded "Volunteer of the Quarter" by her local YMCA.