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About the NFTE DC Region Ignite Opportunity Gala

NFTE’s annual gala celebrated the power of entrepreneurship education and paid tribute to some of our region’s most successful entrepreneurs. It was a fun and inspiring evening, showcasing NFTE’s top young entrepreneurs as they sold their products and services and shared their stories with guests.

This year’s Gala honored:

*     Jim Bankoff, CEO & Chairman, VOX Media, Inc.
*     Andre McCain, Founder, HalfSmoke LLC, our 'locally grown' entrepreneur

    NFTE DC Region’s top young entrepreneurs

And featured:

–  The crowd favorite Youth Entrepreneurship Showcase where guests buy products and services from our young entrepreneurs and hear them pitch their businesses;
–  Increased time to network and mingle with the region’s influential business, government, education, and philanthropic leaders;
–  Cocktail reception with delicious appetizers and hearty hors d’oeuvres; and
–  A brief dessert program recognizing the year’s honorees and the power of entrepreneurship to change lives.