NFTE Los Angeles Metro Students Compete to Advance to Regional Finals

Students had a beautiful day for the outdoor pitch competition at the NFTE Los Angeles Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge quarterfinals/semifinals on May 4. Young entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges in the hope of advancing to the next level of competition, where they can win cash prizes and qualify to move on to the national competition.

Three finalists emerged from the semifinal round, winning spots to compete at the NFTE Los Angeles Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge finals on. Meet the regional finalists and their innovative business ideas:

  • Sunny Huang and Faye Nguyen, eighth graders from Nightingale Middle School, are the founders of Eco Soap, an eco-friendly soap pods to use on your person. Huang and Nguyen’s teachers are Lester Vasquez and Jalina Chatzipantsios.
  • Naije’e Hanley, an 11th grader at Foshay Learning Center and founder of Big Gurl Move, designs dancewear for curvy girls. Hanley’s teacher is William Stahura.
  • William Thomas of Environmental Charter High School, founder of Crown Rags, creates uniquely designed durags. Thomas’ teacher is Brandie Davis.

Congratulations to all the NFTE Los Angeles Metro competitors – semifinalists and finalists – and good luck to the three young entrepreneurs who will be advancing to their regional finals!

Reserve your seat at NFTE Los Angeles Metro’s regional final event on May 22.