Five Hundred and fifty attendees, 24 speakers, 1,000 livestreaming audience, 6 NFTE “futurepreneurs”; today Babson College hosts its 12th annual Entrepreneurship Forum. Since launching in 2002, the Forum has brought together visionaries, innovators, thought leaders and entrepreneurs to consider opportunities that will transform the world. The forum is a glimpse into the future through the eyes of the very people who are shaping it.
This year’s World Series of Innovation is the biggest and most competitive World Series we’ve ever held. Students from around the world had the opportunity to submit their innovation to 11 challenges, ranging from beverage marketing plans to new technologies for education, in the hopes of winning the grand prize.
Students from nine nations including Algeria, Haiti, Austria, Chile and Thailand – more than 700 entries overall – shared their innovations this year and could win up to $10,000 in cash and prizes in the challenges.
Jesus Fernandez and Toheeb Okenla were recently named winners of NFTE’s annual National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (NYEC) for their business T&J Soccer, a retail business that sells soccer socks to protect player’s shins during game.
This time of year is about gearing up and winding down….that means a lot is happening here. While schools are preparing for finals, regents exams and proms – here at NFTE Fairchester we are in the middle of the Semi-Finals of the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Some opportunities come once in a lifetime, and sometimes these never reoccurring experiences place fundamental ideas into our minds that cause the light bulb of life to “click” and an important issue to become clear. A moment such as this occurred to me while in San Francisco at the 2012 TechCrunch Conference.
Congratulations to this year's Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Alumni Fund Scholarship Recipients! Ernst & Young generously supports these young NFTE graduates, and NFTE is sincerely grateful. Some of this year's scholarship recipients have dreams of becoming entrepreneurs, investors and community leaders. Discover the schools they are attending and where they took the NFTE program.
Navarrow Wright is the CTO of Interactive One, the largest digital media company serving Black Americans. He recently spoke during the NFTE Philadelphia Regional Finals. Listen to how he describes the issue of technology exposure within the young black community and how NFTE can help grow young entrepreneurs.