Young Vending Entrepreneur Mikey Wren Recognized For Community Involvement, Philanthropy

Posted On: 8/15/2019

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GIVING BACK: Michael Wren of Mikey's Munchies Vending was recognized as an "Entrepreneur" at the grand opening of the new Magic House @MADE St. Louis, 32,000-sq.ft. makerspace facility for artists, designers, and entrepreneurs where he is installing his next vending machine. On display are his books, which share his vending success stories and encourages his young peers to follow suit as entrepreneurs.

ST. LOUIS, MO -- Child entrepreneur Michael Wren of Mikey's Munchies Vending has come a long way since placing his first vending machine in St. Louis, MO in 2016 at nice years old. Today, Wren has six machines in the St. Louis area and is planning to install two new machines at the new St. Louis Magic House @MADE by the end of this summer. ( Click here to read his startup story in Vending Times)

At 11 years old, Wren is not only a businessman, but also a best-selling Amazon author. He has turned his lessons learned in business into children's books that empower young readers to start their own businesses, like he did. In 2018, he was the Honorary Junior Grand Marshal in the Ameren, MO, Thanksgivings Day parade. A month later, he set a goal to collect 100 toys to give away to students in his school district. With the help of the community, he exceeded the goal and collected more than 450 toys. Wren also received the Made Moguls 2019 Black Tie Community Award for youth entrepreneur of the year and become a leader in his community by helping to teach financial education, leadership and entrepreneurship skills to his peers.

For his young, entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit, Wren was recently selected as one of 10 kids to join Kidbox's third annual kids board of directors. Following in the footsteps of last year's board members including Women's March activist Naomi Wadler and actress and philanthropist Brooklynn Prince, Wren will advise Kidbox on upcoming fashion trends, while also learning firsthand from top executives in the philanthropy and fashion industry.

On July 31, Kidbox flew Wren to New York City to visit its headquarters for a kickoff day, where he learned about the business and participated in interactive sessions focused on the fashion business, kindness, leadership and philanthropy. He also was given the opportunity to donate $10,000 in clothing value from Kidbox to his local community.

"The social purpose of Kidbox was to provide clothes to one million children, but it grew into so much more," said Brandi Temple, chief community officer for Kidbox. By purchasing a Kidbox, parents can have a customized style box sent to their home for their child. Then, parents can decide whether they want to keep or return the clothes. And whenever a customer decides to keep a box, a portion of their payment goes to a charity of their choice.

Aside from fulfilling Kidbox's philanthropic philosophy, Wren also had the opportunity pitch retail executives including Yvonne Yip, general manager of footwear, handbags, accessories and travel at Walmart and Jet; Shelby Wagner, senior vice-president at Silicon Valley Bank; Kidbox founder Haim Dabah; and Delivering Good director of marketing Dionisia Hatzis in a "Shark Tank-type" session. Click here to read more about the Kidbox kids board of directors and the recent kickoff event.