On the #RoadtoNationals and Ready to Compete in October

Five of NFTE LA Metro’s top young entrepreneurs have qualified for nationals and are headed to the final rounds of the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge this fall:

Kelsey Johnson, age 18, of Hamilton High School. Kelsey’s business, Kinky Kaps, is a manufacturing/retail business that creates a shower cap for people with long hair.

Phiphi Dinh and Teresa Xiao, both age 14, of Florence Nightingale Middle School. Their business, Fruitago, is an edible – and biodegradable! – fruit pack. The wrap outside the fruit is made of rice and tapioca flour, which is also infused with Vitamin D. You can eat it whole or even blend it into a smoothie.

Rellie Padilla, age 18, of Hawthorne Math and Science Academy. Rellie’s business is Current Core, a concept that combines the technology of large hydroelectric generators and the running water in homes to generate electricity for homes.

Hennessey Soto-Silvas, 13, of Los Angeles, CA. Hennessey’s business, Flowers in Me, creates and sells “flower crowns” and features a “Buy One, Give One” policy. For each flower crown sold, Flowers in Me will donate and hand deliver a crown to a cancer patient.