The 2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge is officially on!

More than 20,000 teens across the country were invited to participate in the 2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, but just one student business will win the grand prize. Follow your favorites on the road to Nationals!

Every year the NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge brings together young entrepreneurs to pitch their innovative business ideas to panels of expert judges, including real investors and startup heroes. Students who enter the Challenge compete in a series of local, regional and national pitch competitions, all leading up to the big day on October 16, when three national finalists take the stage for the last round of competition and a chance to take home the grand prize. All along the way, our #RoadtoNationals competitors can win seed money to launch their businesses, not to mention earn a rad badge of honor.

Our Mission

NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) activates the entrepreneurial mindset and builds startup skills in youth from under-resourced communities to ensure their success and to create a more vibrant society.

  • 89% of NFTE alumni say NFTE teaches practical skills that helped them in business and in life
  • 1 in 4 NFTE alumni start at least one business
  • 74% of NFTE alumni enroll in college

Get Involved

Whether you’re interested in helping students start their entrepreneurial journey as a volunteer, bringing NFTE to your school, or providing financial support to make our critical programs possible, we welcome you to join our community.

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