Creative new ideas were on display as NFTE Entrepreneurship 1 (E1) and Owning Your Future students competed at NFTE Philadelphia Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge quarterfinals/semifinals on May 1, hosted by Quorum. 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 national competition.
Three finalists emerged from the semifinal round, winning spots to compete at the NFTE Philadelphia Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge finals on May 16. Meet the regional finalists and their innovative business ideas:
- Roxborough High School 11th grader Daeshawn Crippen, founder of NewCompass, won with a business that encourages users to experience the real world around them while keeping in touch with what they are comfortable with, technology. Crippen’s NFTE teacher is Frank Fesnak.
- Roxborough High School 11th grader Samuel Johnson, founder of Inquest, won with a business that matches athletes with college coaches so that both of them achieve success. They do this through a customizable college recruiting network that will identify the best players and suggest the best fit, based on what the coach and the athlete are looking for. Johnson’s NFTE teacher is Frank Fesnak.
- Newark High School 12th grader Joseph Taylor, founder of Re-Wired, wants to revolutionize charging your car. Re-Wired offers a wireless charging pad that is pressure sensitive and can be connected directly to the power supply in your home. The product will be able to support fast wireless charging. Taylor’s NFTE teacher is Lucinda Oates-Wiley.
On the same day, a separate competition track gave more advanced students taking NFTE’s Entrepreneurship 2 (E2) course the chance to pitch to an investment panel and win seed capital to launch their businesses. Two students won the Philadelphia Metro E2 finals, each securing $1,500 each in seed money to get their businesses started. Both high school seniors are from Delaware Design Academy in Newark, DE, where Nancy Marvel is their NFTE teacher. Meet the E2 regional winners:
- Sara Hoffman, the founder of RISE Invisibilities, created a business that offers handmade products to represent a multitude of invisible illnesses. By doing this, RISE Invisibilities can raise awareness for these illnesses and help end the stereotypes, misrepresentation, and discrimination. At the same time, this will also educate others about invisible illnesses.
- Nicholas Bailey, the founder of Sketchy Artist, created an animation/digital art production studio specializing in the creation of indie projects as well as commission-based works for the general public, at a fixed rate.
Congratulations to all the NFTE Philadelphia Metro competitors and good luck to the three young entrepreneurs who will be advancing to their regional finals!