AboutNFTE Bay Area

Through a unique combination of high-impact student programs and exceptional teacher training and support, NFTE’s Bay Area program office provides schools and partners throughout the San Francisco, Oakland, and Silicon Valley regions the opportunity to change young lives through entrepreneurship. NFTE has launched thousands of Bay Area students on their entrepreneurial journey through in-school, after-school, and summer programming.

World Series of Innovation

A global online entrepreneurship experience that challenges students to develop innovative solutions aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals


An online entrepreneurship experience that guides students through the process of building their own virtual business using a food truck scenario

Startup Tech

A unique classroom program blending entrepreneurship and tech, where students build a marketable app and create a business plan for their product

In School and Online
Entrepreneurship Essentials

A flexible/modular curriculum that can be blended or infused, semester or full-year, where students use lean startup methodologies to develop and test business ideas

In School and Online
Entrepreneurship 1

A foundational course focused on activating the entrepreneurial mindset as students learn how to create an original business plan and pitch their business

In School and Online
Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Entrepreneurship 1 students can enter a series of local and national pitch competitions where they can win seed capital to launch their business or pursue educational goals

Competition Series
Entrepreneurship 2

An advanced course focused on business model validation, product development, and marketing that deepens the entrepreneurial mindset

In School and Online
Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB) Certification

Students completing Entrepreneurship 2 are prepared to take the Certiport ESB exam and earn an industry-recognized entrepreneurship certification

Industry Certification

News & Events

Bay Area Metro Schools

NFTE works with committed teachers, schools, and partners in under-resourced communities to activate the entrepreneurial mindset in young people. If you are in the Bay Area and would like to know more, contact BrandyV@nfte.com.

Bay Area Advisory Board

Mollie Richardson, Co-Chair
Executive Vice President
First Republic Bank
John Baer
Managing Director, Enterprise Risk Solutions
Moody's Analytics
Bob Blee
Head of Corporate Finance
Silicon Valley Bank
Roxanne Deblauwe
Fashion Consultant
John Finley
Head of Innovation and Customer Journeys
Bank of the West
Brent Freeman
Founder & President
Stealth Venture Labs
Monika Hudson
Associate Professor, School of Management
University of San Francisco
Scott Johnston
Docker Inc.
Sarah Matthews
Senior Manager
Jason Yotopoulos
Founder and Head of Channel Partnerships

Bay Area Staff

Kim Small
Executive Director, Los Angeles Metro
Brandy Varnado
Program Manager

NFTE Bay Area Schools and Partners

Abraham Lincoln High School
Achieve Charter High School
Achieve Charter School of Paradise
Arroyo High School
Bay Area Community Resources
Diamond Technology Institute
Galileo Academy of Science & Technology
Hayward High School
Hilltop Special Services Center
Impact Academy of Arts & Technology
Independence High School
James Lick High School
John O'Connell High School
Joseph A. Gregori High School
LPS Oakland R&D
McClymonds High School
Mount Eden High School
NFTE Bay Area Program Center
Oak Grove High School
Oakland Unity High School
San Leandro High School
Silver Creek High School
Summit Public Schools Enrichment
Tennyson High School