Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

NFTE's mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.
Aug 25, 2015

Snagging An Entrepreneurial Mindset in D.C.

business plan presentations during the BizCamp
business plan presentations during the BizCamp

NFTE Washington Metro just complete our summer BizCamps, including one which was funded through your donations on GlobalGiving!  Your contributions helped us bring our unique entrepreneurial mindset to 29 young entrepreneurs who registered for our two-week, full-day, intensive ‘mini-MBA’ program.  Today’s youth need a mindset that equips them to recognize opportunity, take initiative, and innovate in the face of challenges.  Our summer BizCamp serves as an entrepreneurship crash course, as students use their lessons imparted in the class to create their own business plan.  Under the guidance of a certified NFTE teacher, these students broaden their horizons and strengthen their entrepreneurial ventures with the support of volunteers who lend their guidance with business development and financial advice.

The camp was held at Howard University at the School of Engineering.  Students got to take a trip to the offices of the local startup Snagajob, an employment search engine website.  There they saw the hard work of establishing a new company firsthand while also getting the chance to meet with business mentors.  These volunteers helped strengthen the students’ new entrepreneurial ventures with personal knowledge and expertise.  At the end of the program the lessons from the class and the business mentors fueled each participants’ business plan presentation.  The winner of the pitch competition, receiving $1,500 in startup capital to help get her business off the ground, was Talia M.  She developed Ambers, a wearable GPS device for children concealed discretely inside an earring.  Your donations through the GlobalGiving platform went towards the costs associated with the field trips and the classroom materials for each student.

Thank you again for your contributions to NFTE through the GlobalGiving platform!  Along with our partners MasterCard and Coca-Cola, your contributions are helping students like Talia fully realize the potential of their entrepreneurial mindset.  29 new entrepreneurs in the nation’s capital are now ready to approach the world with their entrepreneurial mindset thanks to you.

Talia, the business plan competition winner
Talia, the business plan competition winner

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Aug 6, 2015

GenTech Heads to Ithaca for a Tech Bootcamp

GenTech students touring Cornell
GenTech students touring Cornell

Thank you so much for all your donations to NFTE New York Metro’s NYC Generation Tech (GenTech) program.  Our summer coding programs are well underway as a new crop of students takes part in our unique tech-based entrepreneurship lessons.  Students learn coding skills and couple them with NFTE’s business and entrepreneurship classes to create and pitch an idea for a mobile application.  After an intensive two-week coding boot camp (in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript), the young entrepreneurs have formed teams to begin formulating ideas for their apps.  NFTE offers them access to industry mentors as they move through their summer GenTech classes.  Your donations made this year’s classes possible.  On behalf of all our students, teachers, and volunteers, we cannot thank you enough for your donations on GlobalGiving.

A new element in this year’s GenTech class is NFTE’s partnership with Cornell Tech, the university’s applied sciences campus in the city.  While students normally undergo their coding boot camp in New York City, this year the experience moved to Cornell’s Ithaca campus.  This allowed students to visit the Ivy League campus and receive advice from Cornell Tech graduate students relating to their new apps.  Says Christopher M., a junior at Bayside High School in Queens, “We got to see what the campus is like, and what an education there would be like, and to open our eyes to the kind of things we'd need to go through to get here.”  He cites his favorite exercises during the course as those pertaining to target-market research and venture capital.

The technology, computers, and software, as well as elements of the Cornell trip, were paid by the funds we received through your GlobalGiving donations. All of our students are incredibly grateful for this opportunity as they prepare their apps for the final pitch presentations this September. One member of the NFTE family who is incredibly excited for the Demo Night Finals is NFTE New York Metro board member Holly W. (who is a GenTech sponsor herself).  She undertook the trip to Ithaca with the future tech-titans.  “We are investing in helping these kids have successful lives inspired and nurtured by entrepreneurship and a top university learning environment.”  Your support, along with that of board members like Holly, is helping NFTE invest in the next generation of tech CEOs.  We expect to see these students go on to achieve big things, all thanks to your support.

GenTech students practicing their pitch
GenTech students practicing their pitch
GenTech mentors in action
GenTech mentors in action

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Oct 21, 2013

New NFTE Schools in Washington, DC

Dagim of NFTE DC presenting in the National Finals
Dagim of NFTE DC presenting in the National Finals

Established in 1994, NFTE DC Region has been able to reach over 25,000 students since its founding, including 1,100 during the past school year.  As the 2013-2014 school year gets underway, thanks to the generosity of donors like you on Microsoft’s Give For Youth platform, NFTE DC Region has funded nine new classrooms in seven new schools around the nation’s capital.  Thanks to the incredible donations we received through Give For Youth, we were able to provide the NFTE program to Drew Freeman Middle School, Options Public Charter School, Sousa Middle School, Friendship Tech Prep Academy, Coolidge High School, Dubnar High School, and Washington Metropolitan High School. These classrooms represent almost 400 students who will now have access to entrepreneurial education, and the ability to choose their own pathway to success through NFTE.

 

Students use the NFTE curriculum to learn about return on investment, opportunity recognition, personal finance, sales and marketing, business ethics, and more.  The funds from this project were used to train nine new NFTE certified teachers, provide materials for each classroom, and for key learning opportunities like field trips. The materials range from experiential team-building exercises to the award-winning curriculum, Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future.  Each of the nine new classrooms will also, at the end of school year, hold a classroom business plan competition.  As part of the NFTE curriculum each student must, using the lessons learned throughout the course, formulate a business plan for a product or service they are passionate about.  They then pitch their plan to a panel of judges in a classroom competition, with the winners advancing to face each other in the Regional Competition.  With 400 new students in the mix this year, the NFTE DC Region will no doubt feature some great new youth businesses.  Thanks again for your support through the Give For Youth platform.

students at Coolidge studying product innovation
students at Coolidge studying product innovation

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