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Sanghun Lee    (Huni)

- Founder of WiroHeart organization
- Founder/CEO of 
- TEDx Youth Seattle organization,
   marketing & design team volunteer

- Currently attending Northeastern University
Major: Business Administration and Design. Concentration in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Minor: Design and Innovation in Engineering
Potential Master: Experience Design (UI/UX)


How I got started and where I am going

Hello, my name is Sanghun Lee, and I am the founder of the WiroHeart org &

This whole idea of WiroHeart started as a small club in my high school during the Covid19 pandemic. At that time, I realized that many students were extremely bored and unmotivated since the school was doing virtual learning, where students spent most of their time at home. The idea that came up to my mind was to create a fun little art competition within the school that students could participate in the comfort of their house.


Long story short, I started a virtual art club that held monthly art competitions where we submitted, showcased, and voted for artworks, all virtually. Students and teachers really enjoyed the monthly competition.


While managing the club, I found out that some students had difficulties buying art materials and participating in the competition due to financial barriers. That led me to found a non-profit, WiroHeart, to support underserved and unprivileged student artists. Our primary way to support underserved student artists has been holding an art competition on a rolling basis and awarding winners with Amazon gift cards which they can use to buy necessities, including art materials. 


As time went by, I wanted to give more direct and faster solutions for underserved student artists, and that's when I came up with the idea of creating a brand/platform that features emering/student artists' artwork on its product for them to earn commission and have a broader audience.

After getting funding for this idea, I have put all my energy into founding the WiroArt, which supports emerging and student artists by featuring their paintings on the WiroArt Prints and WiroArt Totebag, allowing them to earn a commission for each sale of those products on which their art is featured.

The brand provides space for people to support and invest in emerging/student artists. People can purchase the limited WiroArt prints and WiroArt ToteBags featuring their paintings. Every sale pays the artists, helping them continue their art journey. We have set our mission to make art accessible to everyone, both the artists and the buyers. 


My long-term goal is to build physical art galleries worldwide where emerging/student artists can exhibit their artworks, get support, and let their creativity be seen by more people!

I want the WiroArt gallery to be the place where people can just casually come in, enjoy great coffee, feel emotions looking at the beautiful and meaningful paintings by student artists, buy one of them if they truly like it, relieve some stress, awake the sensitivity of our human souls through artworks, and make the day a little better with the whole experience of the space that connects the energy of the student artists and the people wanting to find time to heal themselves within a busy life. 

"I'm on my journey of helping this world to be a better place where everyone can enjoy art. Both the artists and buyers."

My Journey In Detail

I was born in S. Korea

Moved to the USA

(My social-entrepreneur journey started with the Covid19)

During Covid19, all of the local stores were out of masks, and some stores had been selling masks for extremely high price, which made me want to do something about it. 

Reached out to more than 50 mask manufacturers around the world and told them what was going on in our local area where a lot of shops unethically sold masks for expensive price.

Found 2 manufacturers that offered a good discount on bulk order. Chose one with the lower MOQ and imported 2000 masks

Made a contract with a local laundry center to place the products in their store by giving them a certain percentage of commission

It was sold out within two weeks. The mask was high quality surgical masks and it was sold for way cheaper than others

If you want to know more, please read the article/interview of me explaining the processes in detail

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Private labeled and designed the package

Got more interested in business and I taught myself a lot of things about business: especially the e-commerce and online marketing

Started my first e-commerce store


Started my second store


Third store


Tried total of around 6 stores

All of them failed

Ended up losing most of my savings...
Each store that I created and launched took me around a thousand dollars as the both building and marketing budget.

During that time of the failure I lost my dog and one of my friend 

I was really depressed with all the bad things that had happened in short period of time

Severe Depression

Struggled for couple of months

After feeling better with good quality therapy and a break, I decided to earn back the money that I lost by doing a part-time job and an internship at Toka Art company based in Seoul, South Korea. (created posters and exhibition phamplets for artists.)

Started another store (

The measurable outcome was really good with a few sales

The revenue was around $600~1300 per month with approximately 20% profit margin

Wanted to do something good with the money that I was making

Realized a lot of student were suffering from the virtual learning environment due to the pandemic

I started to think about what I can do to support my high school community as they were exhausted doing virtual learning, taking classes at home

I realized there was no active club in our school during the virtual learning environment, so I decided to create a club that could virtually hold a fun activity through Zoom

Created a virtual art club at my high school and held monthly art competition

The participation rate was really high and everyone enjoyed it!

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Every month, I showcased the artworks created by students during assembly time when everyone got together through Zoom. We all voted for the artworks that we like the most, and the club awarded winners of the monthly competition with Amazon giftcards and certificate.

Check out our student's winning art pieces!

While managing the club, I figured out there were many kids and students who could not afford art materials and creative-based activities such as art and music due to their financial barrier

Decided to found a non-profit organization, WiroHeart, that supports underserved student artists 

Have raised around $2500 in fundings

Sold the e-commerce store to fully focus on the mission that I had with the WiroHeart org

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Click to read my interview article about my journey of selling the store

After continuing the art competition under the WiroHeart organization for around a year, I knew I had to create something that can support student artist in a more direct and effective way. 

Attended Columbia University's pre-college program that dealt with the topic of "Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Social justice."
I especially focused on learning about the difference between how non-profit and profit businesses pursue their growth and how they influence society differently. I also learned the limitation of small-scale nonprofits and other different ways to solve social problems in the form of a profit business with an emphasis on equity, equality, and sustainability in both physical and intellectual aspects.

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Certification of the program

With the knowledge and skills that I had acquired through my journey of creating e-commerce stores, founding and managing WiroHeart org, and taking various courses about business, I came up with a new idea of supporting underrepresented artists, which led me to found a company,

Invested 100% of my saving, launching the platform,, where people can support and invest in underrepresented artists through WiroArt products featuring their work

Almost over 50 artists are now featuring their art on the WiroArt Products.

Planning to get partnerships with local art galleries and shops to place the product (painting) at the physical places

Prepared for college admission as I wanted
to be more professional in both art and entrepreneurship. Plus, I believed the wide network and relationships that can be created would be helpful, taking my business to the next level

Colleges that I got accepted with scholarships

SAIC acceptance

School of Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Scholarship: Presidential Scholarship
Amount: $71,400

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Scholarship: Merit Scholarship
Amount: $80,000

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Northeastern University
Scholarship: Creative Leaders Portfolio Scholarship
Amount: $20,000

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Scholarship: Merit Scholarship
Amount: $44,000

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California College of the Arts (CCA)
Scholarship: Creative Achievement Award
Amount: $88,000

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Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Scholarship: Merit Scholarship
Amount: $38,000

Currently attending the Northeastern University in Boston with the major of Business admin and Design

Became part of the Ambassador of Northeastern's Entrepreneur Club, which is the largest student-led organization in the university. 

Joined the Husky StartUp Challenge club that helps student entrepreneurs accelerate the growth of their ventures.

Struggling to balance out the school work, clubs, midterms, and my business all at the same time

In the process of recruiting a cofounder and an investor for WiroArt, with whom I can grow the business together with a shared mindset, mission, and vision. 

Finalized the business model of WiroArt after numerous iterations. Have a solid understanding of what kind of business this is, the market, how it's going to generate revenue, other systems that will help the business grow to a billion dollar company.

Participate in the DemoDay, which is Northeastern's biggest startup competition event.

Got into the 1st place


(to be continued)

If you want to support my mission, or just to get to know me, feel free to reach out

Personal Email of Sanghun Lee:


  • LinkedIn

Thank you!

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