NFTE is proud to honor the
Global Young Entrepreneurs
of 2013
Presented by:
A-B | C-H | I-M | N-Z

Abdulaziz Al-Dakhel | Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Arabian Camels

According to Abdulaziz Aldakhel, Camel’s milk has health benefits that are still largely unrecognized. Arabian Camels provides a line of products derived from camels, including milk and other dairy products, desserts, and woolens. Abdulaziz, who plans to study human sciences in college, has grown more positive and hopeful since taking the NFTE course. “NFTE taught me that it is possible to create something from nothing.”

Muneera Al-Maneea | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Dust Scale

Dust is a big problem in Saudi Arabia, and while there are devices that test for its presence in the air, Muneera Al-Maneea couldn’t find a scale that measures the exact amount. “In our environment, measuring dust is a necessity, because it's around us most times of the year,” she says. “Dust is a health issue, especially for children.” Muneera had to learn some technical terms to design her scale, but she turned to her father and uncle for help, fashioning her scale with the same standards that are employed to measure fog. Muneera always believed she would have an opportunity to do something special, and when NFTE came along, she eagerly grasped the possibilities the class offered. Muneera is the first entrepreneur in her family, and she is grateful to them for their support. “Proving myself and being trusted by others is the biggest reward I’ve had so far.”

Guido Alderete Angel
Sebastián Almonacid Sanchez
Bernarda Angel Oyarzun
Ricardo Antilef Daza
Jaime Ralil Mansilla
| Puerto Montt, Chile

Hailing from the rural town of Puerto Montt, Chile, this team of five found an idea for a business right under their noses. “We harvest the lulama, a local mollusk. We pack and store it in such a way that it retains its original flavor,” explains Sebastián Almonacid Sanchez. The lulama is found in abundance in “Piedra Azul,” a low-income region with little stable work for its residents. As Guido Alderete Angel says, “We have an opportunity to provide jobs to people in the community.”

Maliha Asad
Bethany Garraway
Mark Kpatakpa
| Bromley, England
Sole Sale, Ltd.

Any woman who has ever suffered in high heels will want to run, not walk, to purchase the ingenious product that Maliha Asad, Bethany Garraway and Mark Kpatakpa have devised. “We provide high-heeled shoes with detachable heels that can be alternately worn as flats for improved comfort,” says Bethany. All three have noticed a shift in their thinking since taking the course. Bethany finds herself “spotting talents in people that could lead to a successful business.” Maliha says, “Thinking positively and working hard to keep the business running can inspire you to keep that attitude in other difficult aspects of your life.” For Mark, “Being an entrepreneur has allowed me to always look for the best in each and every situation. I am now able to act in a more sophisticated and mature manner and rise to any occasion.”

Nina Baer
Sara Ertel
| Bavaria, Germany
Pet Rewards

Nina Baer and Sara Ertel grew up taking care of animals on a daily basis. As a result, they understand how important it is to ensure that pets are eating only the healthiest ingredients. They also recognize that pets, like their owners, enjoy a treat from time to time. Nina explains, “We wanted to give pets an award at the end of the day, so we developed our idea for organic, vegetarian pet cookies.” Sara says, “With healthy ingredients like fruits and vegetables, as well as enough vitamins and nutrients, the basic ideas were there for a good business.” The girls source their ingredients from local partners, and they are donating cookies to a nearby animal home, as well as selling them for profit.

Kai Beard | Chicago, IL
K.B. Krafts

“What is innovative about K.B. Krafts is that my stylish, fashionable scarves are eco-friendly,” says proprietor Kai Beard. “They’re made out of recycled T-shirts.” Before NFTE, Kai battled low self-confidence confidence. “Being outside my comfort zone was scary, so I never took risks. I’m really hard on myself about pretty much everything, so I was holding myself back from taking a chance on a lot of opportunities.” The class forced Kai to confront her perceived weaknesses, namely making decisions, public speaking, and math.

Jordon Brooks | Clinton, MD
Threshold Graphics

Threshold Graphics began as a distraction for Jordon and a favor to his father. “I spent most of my childhood as a rebellious young man who constantly got himself in trouble,” he admits, “then in deeper trouble as I tried to cover things up with more bad decisions. There came a point in my life where I realized the error of my ways and wanted to make a difference.” Jordon taught himself Photoshop, and when his father couldn’t find a website to create the look he wanted for his business cards, Jordon stepped in. He says, “My community is in dire need of more professional counsel and support directed to smaller businesses within the service industry. I plan to use Threshold Graphics to service those businesses, as well as non-profits, that need to build awareness in their communities to move forward.”

Terry Caldwell III | Philadelphia, PA
Urban Instrumentals

“Young musicians want to reach the fame of their favorite artists, but have little to no knowledge of how to reach that stage,” says music producer Terry Caldwell. His company, Urban Instrumentals, provides semi-custom audio tracks geared toward teens and young adults who aspire to careers as singers or rappers. “I believe I can be a gateway for them to pursue their dreams and have a better chance at success. Once I am stable in my career as a music producer, I will show the youth that along with creativity and talent, a good business sense is required to be successful in the entertainment industry.”

Jushawan Carter | Atlanta, GA

Jushawn Carter has owned and operated three businesses since she was twelve years old. “But all my other businesses failed, because I was not challenged. Things became routine, and I fell out of love with what I was doing.” That changed when she hit on the idea for CakesbyFourteen. In addition to her unique and creative specialty cakes, Jushawn plans to develop and launch a non-profit business called Sweet Dreams. “We will go out on the streets and find homeless individuals with an interest in baking and offer them shelter. In exchange for a place to lay their heads, they will work in the CakesbyFourteen bakery and earn income that will help them get their lives back on track.”

Niall Foody | Letterkenny, Ireland
Key You In

With his first-of-its-kind luminous keyhole, Niall Foody has not only invented a product, but, he hopes, an entire industry. “It’s the world’s only glow-in-the-dark key lock surround fitting. I can develop other lines, such as luminous stickers for your light switch or door bell, and luminous numbers on keypads,” says the young entrepreneur. “It can make a difference for the environment, since it means that a light doesn’t have to be left on to see the keyhole.” Niall has both Asperger’s and dyspraxia, which presents challenges in communication, concentration and measuring time, but he has learned how to ask for help when necessary. Niall aspires to be a role model for other people with autism and Asperger’s.

Jaquan Furse | White Plains, NY
Chocolate Art

When Jaquan Furse was younger, his favorite thing about family events was the chocolate. “My aunt would make chocolate confections for weddings, birthdays, and baby showers,” he recalls. “That’s why I chose to create Chocolate Art. I wanted to go with something I already had a grasp on. We create custom chocolate works for any event, to go along with the theme of the customer’s choice.” In the same way his aunt’s chocolate creations inspired him, Jaquan hopes to be an inspiration to the younger members of his family. “I want to show them that you can do whatever you want if you put in the work and never give up. Not all roads lead to the same place, but as long as you enjoy the ride, your life will be fine.”

Tyler Hansen | Dinuba, CA
Central Valley Paintball Field

“My community needs more opportunities for public recreation, and paintball is a passion of mine that I would like to see grow,” says Tyler Hansen. “It gives kids something to participate in and keep them out of trouble.” Paintball is more of a bona fide sport than many people realize. “Most people think paintball is played out in the trees shooting each other with markers, but commercial paintball is played on a regulation field with standardized bunkers and rules. It involves mental focus and good team skills.” Not only is Tyler the first entrepreneur in his family, he inspired his father to strike out on his own. “As soon as I began taking the NFTE class my dad started up his own business,” he reports. “NFTE has shown me how to be a leader and have a more positive mindset,” Tyler concludes. “Without it, I don’t know what kind of career path I’d be on.”

Lakeisha Henderson | East Cleveland, OH
Besties for Life

Lakeisha Henderson always planned to become a veterinarian. It never occurred to her that along the way she would launch her own pet-oriented business. Besties For Life provides quality pet grooming services in a neighborhood that has few resources for pet grooming and an abundance of mistreated strays. “I also provide new or experienced pet owners with information about how important proper grooming can be to a pet’s health,” explains the future doctor. “My business is dedicated to keeping people and their pets together through good health.”

Hadi Hiadry
Alla Khalaidla
| Sakhnin, Israel
Safe for Children in the Car

When a four-year-old child in a nearby city died after being left unattended in an overheated car, Alla Khalaila and Hadi Hiadry joined forces to ensure that such a tragedy never occurs again. “Our product is a set of sensors that will be installed all over a car and can alert the driver through an alarm if a child has been forgotten,” explains Alla. “It will also open the car windows.” Hadi adds, “It can help save lives and educate people to keep children safe. It’s simple and won’t be expensive to buy.”

Daisy Hosten | Oostende, Belgium

“Everybody thinks that motorcycling is for men only,” says Daisy Hosten. “There are a lot of women and children that ride motorcycles, too.” Unfortunately, as Daisy discovered, there is no parity when it comes to fashionable, protective gear. Her business, Daisy’s, is addressing that gap by providing clothing and accessories designed expressly for women and children only—and offering motorcycle repair. When Daisy first heard about the NFTE class, she had no intention of starting her own business, but, as she puts it, “I was surprised to discover, deeply hidden in me, Daisy the entrepreneur.” She considers her self-confident personality to be one of her strongest assets.

Jordyn Jackson | Carson, CA
Jewelry Made Fabulous

Twelve year-old Jordyn Jackson knew instantly that she wanted her business to be a line of accessories. “I want to provide women with unique and stylish jewelry that reflects their personality,” says the young entrepreneur. “JMF’s jewelry is one-of-a-kind and made with high quality beads and stones. We have pride in our work, so each piece is well-made with love.” Jordyn is a 4.0 student who takes pride in her schoolwork. She wants to become a chemist and find a cure for cancer.

Evania Joseph | Hallandale, FL
One Knot

After conducting an informal survey of her peers, Evania Joseph concluded that young people would donate to worthy causes if there were a way to do it that was both affordable and fashionable. “As a junior in high school, I noticed the huge lack of awareness of social causes such as going green, the battle against breast cancer, the efforts to stop child abuse, and the ways we can support our troops,” says Evania. Her company spreads awareness of social causes by donating one dollar of every handmade, knotted bracelet sold to one of several charitable organizations.

Jennifer LaSala | Chelsea, MA
Sugar Coated Heaven

Jennifer LaSala always knew her future was in candy. “When I was younger, I used to run ‘candy yard sales’ and sell candy to all the neighborhood kids,” she says. “I’ve always liked the whole concept of candy and how to make it.” Sugar Coated Heaven’s signature product is customizable chocolate-covered sandwich cookies in different flavors and colors, though Jennifer has expanded to chocolate lollipops, cupcakes, pecan caramel turtles, and an assortment of barks.

Bo Li | Harbin, China
Bo Yuan Experimental Equiment Manufacturing Co., LTD

Bio-engineering major Bo Li spends most of his time in the lab conducting experiments. Unfortunately, as he has learned from experience, the glass equipment plates can easily slip or break when one is transferring materials, rendering an experiment invalid. He looked up materials and visited labs, and found no information about how to transfer the equipment plates safely, quickly and easily so he invited a few like-minded friends to help research a way to address this. Eventually, the first portable plate transfer device was born after making arduous efforts and the group applied for the patent with Bo’s NFTE teacher’s help. Innovation and a penchant for problem-solving are Bo’s biggest assets as an entrepreneur.

Ting Lu | Huai'an, China
Weekend Farmer's Pot Culutral Vegetables

Ting Liu, who comes from a family of farmers, is making it possible for city dwellers to cultivate their own produce. “I provide fruit and vegetables planted in pots for customers who want to experience a healthy and environmentally friendly life,” Ting says. “It gives them the pleasure of farming and harvest. The plants beautify the living and working environment, improve the air quality indoors, and nurture the spirit.” Ting, a horticulture major, found that being an entrepreneur has improved her problem-solving abilities and given her a deeper understanding of what life has to offer.

Dajana Mills | Baltimore, MD
Earrings "R" Me

Dajana Mills believes that every woman needs accessories, particularly earrings. She was on the lookout for some for herself, when she saw a movie about Native Americans in school and was struck by theirs. She decided to make and market her own.“I noticed that they used feathers and beads to accessorize their bodies,” Dajana says. “African culture also uses a lot of beads and ornate dressings. The earrings I make are inspired by both cultures, and also some of the funky trends found in pop culture, like spikes and hoops. Each earring is different and has its own personality, and I give each a name. They are one of a kind.”

Maria Munoz | Seagoville, TX
Tasty Pastries In A Jar

“Tasty Pastries In A Jar is a gourmet product that offers a less time-consuming, more convenient way to bake cookies by providing pre-measured dry ingredients in a jar,” explains Maria Munoz. “We provide instructions regarding the remaining ingredients needed to complete the process. Just add water and eggs and you are on your way to a homemade treat in a matter of minutes. Not to mention that they make wonderful hostess gifts.” An avid soccer player, Maria describes herself as a social, friendly and outgoing person who loves to help others. “I see myself having more customers and moving my operation to a commercial kitchen, and hopefully offering a wider-range of items. I’ve learned that not all goals are easy to achieve, but they are possible if you don’t give up.”

Jocelyn Priscilla | Bangalore, India
JSP Decoratives

Jocelyn Priscilla was so inspired by her favorite aunt’s homemade decorative crafts that she decided to create her own line of products. “Mainly, houses go in for modern gadgets, but of late, people have started liking handicrafts and hand-woven items for decoration,” Jocelyn says. “Seeing this change in taste, I felt my product could really suit the needs of the present day.” She also intends to create jobs for economically disadvantaged women in her area, training them to make similar products.

Marcus-Tyler Purvis | New York, NY

Like many teens, Marcus-Tyler Purvis has a passion for video games. Unlike his peers, however, he has found a way to put that interest to use for the greater good. “My personal mission is to change the negative perception of gaming and prove that it can be vital to education,” he says. “Gamers4Good hosts video game tournaments in different schools and charges participants an entry fee. The fee helps high schools in the New York City metro area fundraise money for college application fees, college tours, SAT prep, and much more.” Only a few gaming organizations have social responsibility platforms, and none are affiliated with education.

Kyle Robinson | Viola, KS
Quick Start Firestarters

Kyle Robinson is an outdoorsman who learned early on how to build a fire quickly and easily. Now he’s found a way to package and sell his experience to others in the form of a wax, wood, and paper assembly that can start any campfire, pellet/woodburning stove, or fireplace. “My firestarters burn for an average of 12-15 minutes and eliminate the risk of floating debris.” The idea of entrepreneurship is not new to Kyle, whose mother and grandparents own their own businesses. “As I child, I always said things like ‘I want to be my own boss.’ But I never thought that something I did for a hobby could actually be worth money,” he reflects. “I’m doing so many things with this business that I thought I would never be able to do, and certainly not with such a simple idea.”

Josh Siapno | San Leandro, CA

“Courteesy came about through prom season of 2012, when I just could not find the right bow tie for myself,” says proprietor Josh Siapno. “With no luck searching throughout the Bay Area and even a trip to New York City, I decided to take it upon myself to make my own bow ties. Since then I have been hand selecting quality neckties and transforming them into one-of-a-kind bow ties.” Courteesy will give 10% of every donated tie sold to the JED Foundation, the nation’s leading organization in promoting emotional health and preventing suicide.

Nariah White | Pittsburgh, PA
Nariah's Fabulous Jewelz

Nariah White’s interest in fashion design led to an interest in jewelry design. That, in turn, led to her business idea. “The creative thing about my business is that each piece of my jewelry is uniquely designed and handmade, and I can personalize anything my consumers desire,” she says. Nariah’s community is feeling the sting of the economic downturn, and she hopes to contribute to its revitalization. “My community really doesn’t have any more businesses in it because they are constantly getting closed. I plan to use my business to make a difference by networking with people.”

Erin Willis | Mt. Pleasant, SC
Ebay Queen

Everyone knows there’s money to be made on Ebay, but Erin Willis discovered a way to tap into her own buying habits to start her business. “I started ebaying to find clothing for myself,” she explains. “Sometimes it wouldn't fit, so instead of wasting that money I took it to consignment shops, and they were giving me more than I had bought the item for. I realized I could start making money if I bought items in several sizes and styles. It’s a win-win-win situation for all involved. Ebay Queen is making money, the consignment shop is making money, and the buyer receives great clothing for a fraction of the retail price.”

Daniel Treanor Award Winner

Adam Zerbst | Charleston, SC
Adam's All Natural

Adam Zerbst has wanted to start a business for as long as he can remember. “I always envisioned storefronts I would have and what my place of business would look like. I never knew what I’d get into—I had different ideas all the time—but I knew it would be something.” What it has turned out to be (minus the storefront) is an all-natural trail mix. Right now, there’s only one flavor, Cajun Crunch, but Adam plans to experiment with different combinations of cereal, oat and what sticks, dried fruits, nuts, and spices. Adam suffers from mild cerebral palsy, which, fortunately, doesn’t present major challenges to him business-wise. “The only thing is when I’m talking face-to-face with someone or giving a presentation, I may be a little wobbly on my feet. Otherwise I’ve just dealt with it my whole life. Some people with cerebral palsy are in a wheelchair. I’m one of the lucky ones.”