NFTE

Imagine if we could activate the entrepreneurial mindset of an entire generation.

Who We Are

We believe there’s no one way to succeed.

The world is changing at a rapid pace. As constant technological advances disrupt a wide range of industries, many familiar career paths are taking major left turns, if not disappearing entirely.

Now more than ever, we all need to think and act like entrepreneurs to succeed.

NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) partners with thousands of schools, youth development organizations and community groups in under-resourced communities across the country to offer the NFTE Entrepreneurship Pathway: a unique set of high-impact programs based on an innovative, experiential curriculum. NFTE's Entrepreneurial Teacher Corps offers exceptional teacher training and support, and NFTE's Volunteer Corps helps bring real-world experience into the classroom. Our dedicated volunteers from the local business community don't just judge pitch competitions. They also engage with our students one-on-one to help them develop critical skills, understand business financials, refine their business plans, and hone their investor pitches.

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Entrepreneurial Mindset

The future of work is entrepreneurial.

Research shows that the entrepreneurial mindset—skills including opportunity recognition, self-reliance, problem-solving, and critical thinking—uniquely prepares young people for lifelong success. NFTE defines eight key mindset domains proven to drive success:

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Initiative& Self-Reliance

The power to take ownership of a project without input or guidance and work through obstacles independently.

Flexibility& Adaptability

The ability and willingness to change actions and plans to overcome present and future challenges.

Communication& Collaboration

The ability to clearly express ideas to an intended audience, including persuading others to work towards a common goal.

Creativity& Innovation

The ability to think of ideas and create solutions to problems without clearly defined structures.

Critical Thinking& Problem Solving

The capacity to apply higher-level, process-oriented thinking, consider an issue from a range of possible perspectives, and use that reasoning to make decisions.

FutureOrientation

An optimistic disposition with a focus on obtaining the skills and knowledge required to transition into a career.

OpportunityRecognition

The practice of seeing and experiencing problems as opportunities to create solutions.

Comfortwith Risk

The capacity to move forward with a decision despite inevitable uncertainty and challenges.

Setting Students Up for Success

By equipping students with the entrepreneurial mindset, we help students succeed no matter what path they choose after high school, whether that's furthering their education, entering the workforce, or launching their own businesses.

  • 90% of employers see entrepreneurial skills as very important
  • 1 in 3 employers seek to hire people with entrepreneurship experience
  • 1 in 4 NFTE alumni start at least one business, and many become serial entrepreneurs

Inspiration and Impact

We’re always taking stock of what’s working and looking for ways we can improve our programs. We also love to share the success stories of NFTE program alumni who are making waves in their industries and making a difference in their communities—in no small part, thanks to their entrepreneurial mindset and NFTE experience.

Sound inspiring? We certainly think so.

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