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Entrepreneurship Education

Imani Drayton Wins NFTE Newark's Summer BizCamp Competition

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.28.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

On August 16th at Rutgers' Newark campus, the newest cohort of NFTE students presented their business plans from the last two weeks of BizCamp, an accelerated program to teach students the fundamentals of business.

One Entrepreneur's Journey From Prison to the Art World: Catherine Rohr's DEFY Program and Lädy Millard

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.26.2013 | Arts
Steve Mariotti

Lädy Millard started painting at a young age. She attended the High School of Art and Design, and went on to graduate from FIT, which helped her get a job in the highly competitive fashion industry. But after the tragedy of 9/11, she felt called upon to do something different.

Start Me Up

Doug Bradley | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Doug Bradley

One of the major entrepreneurs of our lifetime, Steve Jobs's biological parents met as students at UW-Madison. Coincidence?

Embrace Our E-STEM Workforce

Julie Kantor | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Julie Kantor

Entrepreneurship education brings tremendous relevancy to STEM, and entrepreneurs are hiring and need to hire a STEM workforce just as much as corporate America does.

Business of Sports School -- A Tribute to George Friedman and Tara Bellevue

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

I saw talent at the Business of Sports School. With 56 graduates in its first graduating class, the school was founded just four years ago through a team effort lead by a wonderful educator and a personal mentor of mine, George Friedman.

An Interview With Maria Jimenez, A Top Youth Entrepreneurship Educator

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Young Entrepreneur Showcase. I had the chance catch up with one of the world's leading youth entrepreneurship teachers, Maria Jimenez, who helped bring these students through this exciting program.

NFTE New York Metro Regional Business Plan Semi-Finals

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.10.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

My heart beat in excitement as I watched each presenter. Their mastery of business concepts and understanding of their market opportunities amazed me.

The Perfect Day

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Have you ever had a perfect day? I had lived 21,815 days and never had a perfect one until April 23, 2013.

CAPS Off to High School Students Who Embrace Entrepreneurship Early

Alana Muller | Posted 08.03.2013 | Small Business
Alana Muller

Poised. Articulate. Innovative. Confident. As the graduation season continues, it's not uncommon to hear commencement speakers lauding such praise on graduating high school seniors. But, recipient of seed funding? Serial entrepreneur? Patent-holder? Not so much.

Focus on Vision to Avoid Premature Startup Failure

Diana Kander | Posted 07.22.2013 | Small Business
Diana Kander

The first major difference between having an idea and a startup is how others react to you. You need customer feedback to understand if your product or service provides value in people's lives and what they like or don't like about your company.

An EIR on Campus

Tim Devane | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Tim Devane

We've been thrilled by the response from students and companies alike and hope that the program blossoms in coming years.

An Interview With Mark and Becky Levin, Founders of The Possible Project -- A World-Class Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

"The Possible Project was born out of an idea that came to us more than 30 years ago, while we were living in San Francisco. Each day we were overcome with the number of disengaged young people who were living on the streets, seemingly without direction."

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Lebron James

Kai Sato | Posted 07.21.2013 | Small Business
Kai Sato

There is a key insight that entrepreneurs should take from watching Miami Heat star Lebron James: even with unparalleled talent, you must continue to add to your skill set.

Me and 'Mr. K' -- How Meeting Ewing Marion Kauffman Changed My Life and the Future of Entrepreneurship Education

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.01.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

NFTE today runs entrepreneurship education programs in over a dozen countries. Perhaps this rapid global growth would not have happened if I had not had a pivotal meeting in 1992 with one of our greatest modern entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Ewing Marion Kauffman.

Community Is the New Currency

Thom Ruhe | Posted 06.30.2013 | Small Business
Thom Ruhe

For entrepreneurs considering where to start a company or how to engage the assistance of others, there is some value to "the Village," but in an emerging way that may be redefining what we expect from the communities in which we engage.

NFTE's South Bronx Roots: Founding Students Tell Their Stories

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.26.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

With the 25th anniversary of NFTE fast approaching, my friends Marisol, Serena and Vincent recently met with me to share their life stories. These three students were all in the same remedial business class at Jane Addams High School in the Bronx, 28 years ago.

It's Never Too Early to Start Thinking like an Entrepreneur

Venture For America | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Venture For America

By Chris Schultz, Co-founder of LaunchPad & Flatstack in New Orleans "Who wants fireballs going out, and who wants her shooting flames?" Lionel asked...

Work Hard, Be Happy

Jim Price | Posted 05.21.2013 | Small Business
Jim Price

If the business is your own, even the drudgery work -- and there's never a shortage of that -- can be strangely exhilarating. As an entrepreneur, you always have a sense that what you decide and what you do have a direct impact on the business.

Word of Mouth Trumps Social Media in Building This Startup Community

Jared Konczal | Posted 05.13.2013 | Small Business
Jared Konczal

The program launched in April 2012 with about a dozen people and attracted modest attendance the first couple of months. But by the end summer, attendance reached the 100-level and has since doubled to 200. As of February, the 260 mark has been breached.

Adventures of a High School Educator, Part 2: Speaking to Young Entrepreneurs at the Webb School, an Independent High School

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

I was extremely eager to learn about their two business ideas: one was a website for triathletes and the other was a personal branding consultancy by teens for teen artists.

Adventures of a High School Educator, Part 1: Meeting the Claremont Community

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.04.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

After sharing my personal business background and my inspiration for launching NFTE, I outlined the 12 things every young person should know about business.

An Open Letter From YouthBiz

YouthBiz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact

We made it! I hope that you have enjoyed reading the posts and hearing from the different people who are shaping our journey. It has been our absolute...

Why Youth Entrepreneurship?

YouthBiz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Impact

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif We've done our best to tell our story through those that matter most, and who can best share the impact and promise that our model delivers.

NFTE Teacher Training -- The Key to the Replication of Entrepreneurial Education, Part 5: The Eleven Tips for Teacher Training

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

After 20 years these are the 11 things that we have learned about running an effective teacher training in youth entrepreneurship.

NFTE Teacher Training -- The Key to the Replication of Entrepreneurial Education, Part 4: The Teachers

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.28.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

As I sat and listened, I realized that entrepreneurship is a way for people to tell their own stories, a reflection of themselves and what they are and have learned.