This spring, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) will honor many of the students who have received the life-changing entrepreneurship training our program provides. NFTE is active in 18 states, as well as the District of Columbia, through our 11 program offices and numerous licensed partners. Outside of the U.S. NFTE’s international partner programs operate in an additional 10 countries, serving thousands of students each year. This reach allows NFTE’s programs to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in youth around the world. Our 2014 Global Gala exemplifies this diversity, as each program office and partner sends one student to Washington, D.C. to be honored as a Global Young Entrepreneur of 2014.
Each of the Global Young Entrepreneurs of 2014 has created a business during the NFTE course. Their stories are as fascinating and unique as their new ventures. For example, Arvind N. of San Jose, California created the smart phone app WalkIn. The service provides an easy to use interface for restaurants to organize customers by their arrival time and party number. The app sends text messages at the restaurant’s behest when a customer’s table is ready, cutting down on the need for vibrating buzzers or inefficient check-ins. Arvind has said he hopes to include new features for the app soon, including giving the restaurants logistical data on those waiting. After completing his course in NFTE Bay Area, Arvind plans to give back to the community by using the capabilities of WalkIn to organize a yearly food drive for the homeless in his community.
Another Global Young Entrepreneur of 2014 is Lang D. of North Miami, Florida. Propelled by a NFTE mentor to consider a project he felt so passionate about “that you’d be willing to do it for free”, Lang focused on clothing design and fashion. After graduating from NFTE South Florida’s program in 2009, Lang started The Newsies Clothing Co. LLC, a clothing line that is focused on the urban movement. Particular inspiration is drawn from the 1890s era of newspaper boys. The styles of The Newsies Clothing Co. are sometimes drawn from local artists Lang collaborates with. Demonstrating the drive of a true entrepreneur, Lang continues to run his company while holding a full-time job and attending the Miami Ad School.
Juggling the difficult task of managing a new company while enrolled in school is not confined to NFTE’s American students however. The three Global Young Entrepreneurs of 2014 from NFTE’s London-affiliate, the Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs, each attend different universities while still finding time for the business they co-founded. Adeola D., Kofi D., and Tyrell W. met during a five day summer business course where they were placed in the same group project. The result was Antiks Ltd., a company which solves the problem of misplaced household objects. Their main product is a chip called The Bleep Finder that attaches to easily misplaced items. When a remote is pushed, The Bleep Finder makes a noise to indicate where a lost object is. The three students have gone on to separate schools, but continue to advance their business opportunity all the same.
The Global Gala on April 24th in Washington, D.C. will honor these young entrepreneurs, whose businesses are possible thanks in part to supporters like you. The donations NFTE receives from GlobalGiving have gone towards our classroom programs, helping new students dare to dream of a brighter future. Arvind, Lang, Adeola, Kofi, Tyrell, and the other Global Young Entrepreneurs of 2014 have a big night ahead of them, as NFTE celebrates another successful year of support for entrepreneurship training for at-risk youth worldwide.
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