Congratulations to 2023 World Champion Raneem Al Suwaidani of Rhode Island. The 2023 National Champion competed alongside last year’s National Champion Josh Kreuger of St. Louis to represent the United States in NFTE’s second annual World Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York City. Al Suwaidani, the 17-year-old founder of Lilypad, was awarded a $5,000 grand prize at the Nov. 16 competition.
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Nov. 17, 2023, has been officially declared Youth Entrepreneurship Day. NFTE successfully sought and received a Presidential letter from the Biden Administration as well as proclamations from Dallas; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Massachusetts; New York City; and Washington, D.C. The observance celebrates young entrepreneurs’ accomplishments and inspires others to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations.
Raneem Al Suwaidani of The Met School in Rhode Island Wins NFTE’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
Raneem Al Suwaidani of The Met School in Providence, RI, is this year’s NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge champion. She won $10,000 with her business Lilypad, a food truck rental opportunity for BIPOC entrepreneurs. The runners-up were Ashley Cruz Suarez of Los Angeles, founder of Re-Fit, and Sarai Umansor Morales of Florida, founder of Fiery.