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

NFTE 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.

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Jasmine Lawrence

Entrepreneurial Journey

When Jasmine completed NFTE BizCamp and pitched her first business, she didn’t place first, second, or third in her camp’s competition. What she won was more valuable—confidence in her ability to start a new enterprise. Applying what she learned, Jasmine launched Eden Bodyworks, now a multimillion dollar company with products on the shelves at Walmart, Walgreens, and other leading retailers. Jasmine also has a passion for technology. She studied engineering and has worked full-time for tech giants like Facebook and Microsoft—all while overseeing her company.

Joshua Fajardo and Eddy Giron

Innovation Spotlight

Time's Up
NFTE Class of 2013

Toothpaste for children, designed to change color after two minutes

Evin Floyd Robinson

Entrepreneurial Journey

With the help of his NFTE class, Evin launched his first business at the age of 16 with less than $100 in savings. Evin went on to apply his entrepreneurial mindset at Syracuse University, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. While a technology consultant, Evin learned that only 1% of NYC public-school students learn about computing or information systems. In response, he co-founded New York On Tech (NYOT), creating pathways for under-represented students into tech degrees and careers. Evin also serves as an adviser to early stage technology, education, and social impact organizations.

Tessa Beatrice

Innovation Spotlight

Underdog Comics
NFTE Class of 2016

A web comic book series featuring diverse heroes, designed to inspire kids from different backgrounds and with different abilities

Kyle Wong

Entrepreneurial Journey

While in high school, Kyle helped found three businesses featured on prominent news sources, helping him become the first in his family to attend college. As a student at Stanford University and a member of the school’s accelerator program, Kyle started his current business, Pixlee: a social marketing campaign platform for collecting, curating, and displaying photos. Pixlee clients include The North Face, 1-800-Flowers, and approximately a quarter of NFL teams. Kyle is also a contributor, covering digital media and entrepreneurship.

Rodney Shearin

Innovation Spotlight

Glow Cane
NFTE Class of 2015

A light-up cane inspired by Rodney's grandmother, who now has difficulty seeing at night