How We Do It

NFTE offers schools and partners a unique combination of high-impact student programs with exceptional teacher training and support. The result? Entrepreneurship changes the lives of young people.

NFTE Entrepreneurship Pathway

An Innovative Road to Success

In an innovation economy, there are no traditional paths to success. To activate the entrepreneurial mindset in young people, NFTE’s Pathway begins by igniting the imagination then takes students through the journey of creating and refining an original business concept. Students are guided by NFTE’s expert Entrepreneurial Teacher Corps, and supported by the entrepreneurs and business leaders who volunteer as classroom speakers, field trip hosts, business plan coaches, and competition judges.

For many students, the highlight of their NFTE experience is taking the stage in NFTE’s renowned business plan competition series, but no matter where they are on the Pathway, NFTE students earn recognition of the skills and concepts they are mastering, and advanced students ultimately have the opportunity to earn the first-ever industry-recognized credential to certify entrepreneurial mindset and startup skills.

  • Awareness

  • World Series of Innovation

    A global online entrepreneurship experience that challenges students to develop innovative solutions aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    Online
  • Venture

    An online entrepreneurship experience that guides students through the process of building their own virtual business using a food truck scenario

    Online
  • Exposure

  • Startup Tech

    A unique classroom program blending entrepreneurship and tech, where students build a marketable app and create a business plan for their product

    In School
  • BizCamp™

    A summer or after-school program where students learn what it takes to start a business, from opportunity recognition to market research and financials

    Out of School
  • Expertise

  • Entrepreneurship 1

    A foundational course focused on activating the entrepreneurial mindset as students learn how to create an original business plan and pitch their business

    In School
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

    Entrepreneurship 1 students can enter local and national pitch competitions for a chance to win seed capital to launch a business or pursue educational goals

    Competition Series
  • Application

  • Entrepreneurship 2

    An advanced course focused on business model validation, product development, and marketing that deepens the entrepreneurial mindset

    In School
  • Startup Summer

    An intensive entrepreneurship experience for advanced students ready to refine their business models, develop their products or services, and master marketing

    Out of School

Student Demographics

As the entrepreneurship community recognizes the need for greater inclusivity, NFTE is laying the groundwork for a new generation of diverse entrepreneurs.

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