When he was a sophomore in high school, Arti designed a case to wirelessly charge his iPhone . . . a year before Apple introduced the feature.
That innovation fueled his first business and led to him being honored as an EY Scholar in 2018.
The entrepreneurial mindset helps him continue to innovate in a fast-changing tech world.
Now attending college, he’s continued doing the occasional pitch competitions and maintains a successful wireless accessories business as well as an IT consulting business.
Arti took his first NFTE class as a sophomore in high school and the business he created then was Shalatech: a company that designed, manufactured and sold wireless charging cases for the iPhone 7…a year before Apple introduced wireless charging.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Arti won the NFTE Washington Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge that spring and he qualified to advance to the quarterfinals of the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in the fall. Although he didn’t not win at Nationals, he was spotted by an EY judge at the competition who would later recommend him for an EY Scholar award. He also had the highest product sales at the NFTE business showcase that took place after the competition.
When the iPhone 8 came out with wireless charging capability, Arti was not daunted. He simply developed a new product, demonstrating the kind of flexibility and adaptability that an entrepreneur needs. His new product was a wireless power base, which he had manufactured in China. His new product was such a success on his Shopify outlet, however, that his Chinese manufacturers copied his product. But, just as NFTE teaches, Arti regrouped, learned from his lessons and came up with other ways to differentiate himself from the competition.
He has since rebranded his wireless accessories company. Shalatech is now called Amp Chargers and it brings consumers products that are thin, lightweight, and reputedly charge faster than most of the competition. Arti also no longer manufactures his products in China and the rebranding of Shalatech emphasizes a new mission, which is a significant differentiator: “To create new portable chargers that enhance individual and business productivity while ensuring sustainable packaging (zero plastic), all manufactured from recycled materials.”
Arti has also launched a second business, an IT consulting practice with a small team of tech experts. He’s currently studying Computer Engineering at George Mason University – while building his consulting business, running Amp, and completing R&D on two exciting new wireless products. Together, Amp and his consulting business are helping to fund the cost of college for Arti. He is also putting a percentage of revenue into a fund for under-served children in Kosovo and Albania, which is where Arti was born.
Arti says that NFTE undeniably changed the trajectory of his life and prepared him for a fast-changing future, particularly in the tech field where his interests lie.
“Before taking NFTE I had no idea about having my own business. After taking it, I doubled down and was inspired. I gained the crucial skills and confidence and now know how to make my ideas viable.” — Arti Shala