Lauren Sanderson Named “Most INfluential Up & Comer” at Indiana Social Media Summit

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Northeast Indiana Innovation Center Student Venture Lab participant recognized for influence in teenage lives across the country.

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Lauren Sanderson receives her trophy at the Social Media Summit in Indianapolis on December 29, 2014 (Photo courtesy of Kevin Mullett)

Six months ago, I graduated high school and now, with the support of my followers and help from my advisors, I’m able to do what I love and grow my business.

The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center ( is pleased to announce that entrepreneur and teenage positivity coach, Lauren Sanderson (@laurenthellama), was recognized this week at the Indiana Social Media Summit event in Indianapolis as the ‘Most INfluential Up & Comer’ in the State.

The 6th Annual #Indiana Social Media Summit featured 70 men and women vying at the summit for their SMackdown Awards to mark the end of 2014 as 7 social media peeps were recognized for their social media presence. From the Most INfluential Dude’s and Dame’s to the Social Media Best in Show, over 650 votes were cast for the final count. ‘Most INfluential Up & Comer’ was awarded to Lauren based on the type and amount of influence she has on teenagers across the country. Lauren uses social media programs such as Twitter, Ask.FM, Snapchat and Instagram to help teenagers and to be a positive role model. With over a million views a day on social media, her influence is large and growing daily.

Sanderson, a student entrepreneur who participates in the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center’s (NIIC) nationally acclaimed Student Venture Lab, has received funding from the program to help her follow her dream of becoming a motivational speaker to help teens and spread her message of positivity.

“It’s so crazy knowing I won Indiana’s ‘Most INfluential Up & Comer’ award,” said Lauren Sanderson, founder of LTL, LLC. “Six months ago, I graduated high school and now, with the support of my followers and help from my advisors, I’m able to do what I love and grow my business.”

“I am extremely proud of what Lauren has achieved,” said Mike Fritsch, NIIC Entrepreneur-In-Residence and head of NIIC’s Student Venture program, “She knows what she wants, has her heart in the right place, and is reaching for the stars”.

Lauren Sanderson started her company, LTL LLC in the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center Student Venture Program. She is using social media and other mechanisms to help teens with their problems and provide a positive role model. For more information on @laurenthellama, follow her on Twitter, watch her videos on YouTube (, or visit

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) - NIIC is a non-profit, community-based incubator and entrepreneurial resource center that assists in the growth and development of technology-based companies in Northeast Indiana. For more information, contact the NIIC Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Mike Fritsch at 260-407-1754 or mfritsch(at)niic(dot)net. Information on NIIC’s Student Venture Lab program can be found at (

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