Medius Ventures is a media holding company that leverages strategic storytelling to build profitable digital publications.


Steven Li


Steven Li is a Computer Science and Statistics student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Founder of Medius Ventures, a digital media holding company focused on building brands that uncover the most impactful stories in under-discussed niches (theRising is the first publication), and a Contributor at Forbes. He formerly worked as a Software Engineer at Capital One and a Data Scientist at UCSF.

Mia Amore

Content Strategist

Mia Amore is an English Major and Business Minor student at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. She’s worked in Publication roles for Illini Media, mainly to publish the 2019 Illio Yearbook, before she started to work at Medius Ventures in October of 2019 to become a Digital Copywriter. In her free time Mia enjoys drinking too much coffee, playing tennis, alternative music, and painting.

Lauren Beauban


 Lauren is an Earth, Society, & Environmental Sustainability major at the University of Illinois. She researched for Professor Pahre last fall by identifying high net worth individuals in Cody, Wyoming, to determine their business, social networks, and relationships to the Greater Yellowstone Area, and started working for Medius Ventures in April. She hopes to eventually go to law school to work in environmental policy.