Students had a beautiful day for the outdoor pitch competition at the NFTE Los Angeles Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge quarterfinals/semifinals on May 4. Young entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges in the hope of advancing to the next level of competition, where they can win cash prizes and qualify to move on to the national competition.
Three finalists emerged from the semifinal round, winning spots to compete at the NFTE Los Angeles Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge finals on May 22. Meet the regional finalists and their innovative business ideas:
- Sunny Huang and Faye Nguyen, eighth graders from Nightingale Middle School, are the founders of Eco Soap, biodegradable soap/shampoo pods to use on your person. Their NFTE teachers are Lester Vasquez and Jalina Chatzipantsios.
- Naije’e Hanley, an 11th grader at Foshay Learning Center and founder of Big Gurls Move, designs dancewear for curvy girls and intends to open a plus-size clothing store. Hanley’s teacher is William Stahura.
- William Thomas of Environmental Charter High School, founder of Crown Rags, creates uniquely designed durags. Thomas’ teacher is Brandie Davis.
Congratulations to all the NFTE Los Angeles Metro competitors and good luck to the three young entrepreneurs who will be advancing to their regional finals!