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Entrepreneurship Education Can Change the Trajectory of a Life

NFTE doesn’t just teach practical business skills. It ignites a passion for learning and re-engages students in school, preparing young people for college and career and a dynamic future of work. It enables students to own their futures by teaching them to think and act like entrepreneurs. The impact of a student’s NFTE experience can last a lifetime. Browse stories of NFTE alumni to see the entrepreneurial mindset in action.
NFTE Los Angeles Alum Kelsey Johnson, Winner of the 2018 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Kelsey’s Story

Kelsey's innovative business creating hair accessories for women of color led her to win the 2018 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Mathew’s Story

Through NFTE, Mathew launched a street fashion business at age 16 that earned him more than $25k.
Andres Cordona 1

Andres’ Story

Andres' passion and drive, plus the startup skills he learned through NFTE, led to a now-thriving sports coaching business.
Jennifer LaSala

Jennifer’s Story

From 17-year old business owner to 26-year old Entrepreneur of the Year, Jennifer now has 2 successful bakeries in the New England area.
Zoe Damacela

Zoe’s Story

Zoe's innovative fashion line landed her on the cover of Seventeen Magazine; she's now one of the youngest head designers at Macy's.
Rodney Walker

Rodney’s Story

NFTE's competitions and mentorship helped spark Rodney's confidence - he's now a successful author, consultant and motivational speaker.

Kaina’s Story

Kaina had the entrepreneurial spirit from a young age; NFTE gave her the skills to launch two successful businesses.
Angela Ivana at a NFTE Showcase Event

Angela’s Story

Angela's entrepreneurial mindset gave her the tools to pivot from a career in finance to a career in the beauty industry.
Arti Shala

Arti’s Story

Arti's wireless iPhone charging case won him an EY Young Entrepreneur Award; now he also runs an IT consulting business while in college.