About Lily

When Lily Born was 7, she noticed that her grandpa, who has Parkinson’s Disease, was knocking over his cup a lot, creating spills that Grandma needed to clean up. Inspired, she came up with the idea for the Kangaroo Cup: a three-legged cup that won’t tip over. After prototyping for several years, first with hand-moldable plastic and then with clay at a pottery studio, she had a cup ready for production. Now a seasoned 16-year-old, she has sold tens of thousands of the cups all over the world. 

Listed as Business Insider’s top 11 year old in tech, and Mochi’s “25 game changers under 25,” She has exhibited her invention at the White House Science Fair, White House Woman's Expo, Smithsonian Museum of American History, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and has been honored as a CNN Heroes “young wonder” in addition to appearing on CNN headline news, NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Fast Company, Business Insider, CBS’s Hidden Heroes, Univision, internationally on the Daily Mail (UK) and The Telegraph (UK), as well as locally in the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, on WGN’s morning news, and on CBS 2 news. Lily Born has also been recognised by A Mighty Girl and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls as someone who inspires other girls to follow their passions and dreams.

 Lily's story is not of a kid genius, but of a girl so timid and shy she wouldn't order for herself at a restaurant and desperately in search to answer the question "what am I good at?" She finds great joy in inspiring others to answer that question for themselves. 

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  • email: lily@imagiroo.com

  • twitter: @lilyborn