February 22, 2011  |  0 comments

Written by Julie Kantor, Executive Director NFTE DC Region

In the beginning it started out with over 900 youth in DC, Maryland and Virginia schools, as well as several charter schools.  They then went through 60+ hours of training on how to start and operate their own small businesses.  Most of the students received seed capital to bring the book-theory to life and purchase their own inventory.  And students from all over the region have showcased their new businesses in their schools and with most of them turning a profit.  In the end these students compete to take their businesses to the next level.

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January 24, 2011  |  10 comments

We’re excited to announce that this semester our NFTE Los Angeles program office has a very special partnership taking place in Mr. Jaquias’ 10th grade class at the Downtown Magnets High School.  These lucky students were specially chosen to participate in the first ever Social Venture Competition. Through this competition they will learn the essential skills and knowledge needed to start their own business through social entrepreneurship.  What is social entrepreneurship you ask? Social entrepreneurship is an entrepreneur that is committed to making a difference in the world through their business in addition to making a profit.

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January 21, 2011  |  8 comments

Today we’d like to showcase a class that is putting into action one of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s many games that teach students about some of the skills involved in being an entrepreneur.  See Mrs. Parks’s 7th grade class playing the Innovation Game here and be sure to check out her blog which she’ll be writing over the next 9 weeks about the entrepreneurship project she’s doing in her class.

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January 7, 2011  |  2 comments

Attention all NFTE teachers, alumni, students, and entrepreneurs! Steve Mariotti, the founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, has just co-written another book about entrepreneurship with Dr. Caroline Glackin.

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Congratulations to the Bright China Foundation (BCF) for their entrepreneurship project being chosen as the best charity project in China! More than 500,000 votes were cast in this people’s choice award from the Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau and Capital Philanthropy Federation. A quarter of a billion viewers tuned in to watch the awards show, and Minister of the Civil Affairs Department, Beijing Mayor and Vice Mayor attended the event to express their appreciation.

Boot Strap Musik

Ryan, 15
Boot Strap Musik

Sometimes, the biggest challenge can become the greatest success. Middle school teacher Ms. Robbie Teague experienced this when Ryan came to her class as a refugee of Hurricane Katrina who was on the verge of dropping out of school.

November 17, 2010  |  9 comments

This week we have Victor Salama, NFTE’s Vice President of Business and International Partnerships, guest blogging for us to tell us about his recent trip to China for their 4th annual National Business Plan Competitiion.

I just came back from China having attended the Bright China Foundation’s (BCF) 4th annual National Business Plan Competition for its youth entrepreneurship program.  What a fantastic experience!  Having worked with BCF since it became a NFTE licensee in 2003, I knew that they ran excellent programs, and over the years I have had the opportunity to meet several graduates and some teachers.  But being there in person at the competition was really eye opening.

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