AboutNFTE Los Angeles Metro

Through a unique combination of high-impact student programs and exceptional teacher training and support, NFTE’s Los Angeles Metro program office provides schools and partners across the Southern California area the opportunity to change young lives through entrepreneurship. NFTE has launched tens of thousands of students from the Los Angeles Metro Region 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

Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles Metro area and would like to know more, contact Kim.S@nfte.com.

Los Angeles Metro Advisory Board

Leo Gestetner, Chair
Heath Capital
Chris Achar
Synergy Ventures
Paul Chen
Jasmin Coyne
SVP, Operations & Transformation
City National Bank
Patrick Henry
Assistant Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship
USC Marshall School of Business
Maurice James
Mojo Pictures
Laurel Mintz
Elevate My Brand, Inc.
Connie Moore
NFTE Teacher
Ricci Rukavina
Kung Fu Factory
Elliott Schwartz
Empty Leg Market
Matt Shekoyan
VP, Strategy
Sunkist Growers
Jason Wulfsohn

Los Angeles Metro Staff

Bracy Fuentes
Lead Program Associate
Olivia Lam
Development Director
Kimberly Small
Executive Director, Los Angeles Metro
Kene Turner
Manager, Programs

NFTE Los Angeles Metro Schools and Partners

A Place Called Home
Augustus Hawkins
Boys and Girls Club of Oxnard and Port Hueneme
Boys and Girls Club of the West Valley
Capital High School
Carson High School
City Honors College Preparatory Academy
Crenshaw High School
Downtown Magnets High School
Foshay Learning Center
Franklin High School
Gardena High School
Hamilton High School
Hawthorne Math and Science Academy
Hawthorne Middle School
Jefferson High School
Lennox Middle School
Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Charter School
Los Angeles Urban League
Manual Arts High School
Mendez High School
Nathaniel Narbonne High School (LAUSD)
Nicolas Junior High School
Nightingale Middle School
Ortiz Middle School
Paramount High School
Roybal Learning Center
South East High School
Washington Elementary School
Woodrow Wilson High School (LAUSD)