High School students pitch businesses, land funding, at NFTE Startup Summer Launched Night

December 17, 2013  |  12 comments

We at the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) believe that every young person has the potential to take an original idea and turn it into a fully functioning business. Our curriculum provides students with the ability to recognize an entrepreneurial spark and the tools to help them take that spark of an idea and create a robust business plan. In an effort to continually improve our services for graduates of NFTE’s core curriculum, Startup Summer was created by NFTE New York Metro as an advanced entrepreneurship track program.

Startup Summer is a small business incubator that provides recent NFTE graduates with the resources and support to launch fully functional businesses. The program runs from June to December and connects students to leaders from global organizations, fellow entrepreneurs, and industry expert mentors to develop their skill sets in research, critical thinking, and communications.

On Thursday, December 12, the 11 students in the Startup Summer Class of 2013 presented their businesses to a distinguished panel of New York City leaders and innovators, and the top three student-created businesses had a chance to pitch their ideas for seed money from NFTE. 

Top three business Tallawah with mentor

Attendees at Startup Summer Launched Night reception

The top three businesses were:

Las 5 Americas Restaurant Corp.
Founded by Sofia Contreras, 19, Las 5 Americas Restaurant Corp. is a restaurant that provides busy clients homemade authentic Salvadorian pupusas. Las 5 Americas Restaurant Corp. will be opening its doors in early December.

Founded by Phylicea Ewart and Zurri Alwakeel, 17, Tallawah incorporates the Jamaican and American upbringings of both of its founders by providing delicious sauces with tropical Jamaican flavors and seasonings with an American flare.

Juliet’s Creations
Founded by Danitza Cena, 19, Juliet’s Creations sells unique, handmade crocheted accessories and gives people the chance to own personalized items that nobody else has so they can expresses their own personal style.

Check out a short clip from Tallawah’s presentation:

The three businesses were awarded seed money based on their pitch, with Tallawah and Las 5 Americas Restaurant Corp. each receiving $3,500, and Juliet’s Creations receiving $1,000. These young entrepreneurs will now take this seed money and grow their businesses with it. Congratulations to the three top businesses, and all 11 students from Startup Summer 2013.

Lean more about Startup Summer by watching this video:

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