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A Lesson in Inspiring Teaching: Kevin Wortham's Fight to Bring Entrepreneurial Education to the Forefront

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself to light the way for others. -Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (translated from Turkish) Since I first e...

A Young Lupus Patient and Her Innovative Business Training Program

Steve Mariotti | Posted 03.24.2017 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Many terminally-ill children are forced to deal with their health challenges before they have developed the coping skills to understand the gravity of illness. It is this fact that predisposes them to depression and feelings of loneliness, being overwhelmed, and worry.

Young Entrepreneurs - Coolest Youth Startups in the United States

Craig Zamary | Posted 02.06.2017 | Education
Craig Zamary

Youth entrepreneurship is growing rapidly in the United States and internationally. The lessons kids learn by taking an idea and going out and executi...

A Tribute to Nneka Fritz

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

In the past 27 years, I can easily say that I've learned something from every one of my students. I have seen their talents and their faults. But one of the most talented students I taught was also one of the most difficult to forget -- Nneka Fritz, who passed away this past January.

Young Entrepreneur Wins Nationals with a Locket to Protect from Assault

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.02.2016 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Since I founded NFTE in 1987, I have been privileged to meet young people from all over the country who share one key attribute: they aspire to own their own businesses. Every year NFTE brings together several of those young entrepreneurs into a series of competitions.

Does She Need a Role Model, a Mentor, or a Sponsor?

Julie Kantor | Posted 10.28.2016 | Business
Julie Kantor

It was about time to get the word 'women' into 'mentor'. So, I did. Just launched my new company twomentor (t-women-tor), LLC to get the words 'women'...

Two Young Entrepreneurs from Ferguson Shine at NFTE's National Challenge

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.20.2016 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Jacob Tiemann and Destiny Davis from Ferguson hail from NFTE's St. Louis Metro program. They developed and presented their original business plans as part of their entrepreneurial studies at school using NFTE's award-winning, project-based curriculum.

Putting Your Positive Thoughts in High Impact Social Enterprise Action

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2016 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Social entrepreneurship gets thrown around. A lot. Countless are published tips for social entrepreneurs, talks are given about the social good, and I too have had the privilege to write about the incredible social entrepreneurs I have met in my journey to boost entrepreneurship for youth around the world.


Julie Kantor | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Julie Kantor

I invite you to use hashtag #ThankItForward to say Thanks a Million! to your mentor too. I encourage you to set a goal to mentor this year with workplace skills. To pay it forward.

Early Influences Can Open Up the Future

Jack Nadel | Posted 12.23.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

Entrepreneurs not only provide us with critical innovation and keep us at the forefront of global markets, they also create ways to gain financial independence. So why has the percentage of start-ups in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last 35 years?

Economic Forces Are Mightier Than the Sword

Jack Nadel | Posted 10.29.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

We should do more to help potential entrepreneurs in places where domestic economies are too weak to assist. If we give this effort a higher priority in our country's foreign policy, we can create a healthier balance of world commerce.

Start Early to Be an Entrepreneur

Jack Nadel | Posted 09.28.2014 | Small Business
Jack Nadel

In many ways, an entrepreneur's career is like a football game. Both combine a swift pace with a highly competitive atmosphere. The "game" is divided into four quarters. In the first quarter you assess the other team's strengths and weaknesses based on your scouting report.

Primary School Teaching Parents? How ParentJobNet impacts low-income families through adult learning and entrepreneurship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.03.2014 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Pat Craddick founded ParentJobNet "PJN" 9 years ago after leaving a career in finance to raise her daughter, Christina. While volunteering at P.S. 87 Elementary School on the Upper West Side, she found frustrated, under- or unemployed parents, disconnected from the workforce.

Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship Builds Achievement: A look into the life of NFTE Alumni, Successful Entrepreneur Kemol Taylor

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Through entrepreneurship, we can change the world. Just look how Kemol changed his.

Teachers and School Leaders Make It Real

Julie Kantor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Julie Kantor

When you make it real, applicable to real life, you touch the hearts and minds of America's youth and young workforce. Make it hands on, and show young people the correlation to real life and they will learn way more and advance academically.

NFTE and NYCEDC Pioneer in Building Tech Entrepreneurship Program for High School Students

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.17.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Last Tuesday, nine teams of high school students demoed mobile app prototypes and pitched business ideas to a panel of tech-industry experts as a part of the semi-final round of competition in this year's NYC Generation Tech program.

The NFTE Startup Summer Program Integrates the Lean Startup Methodology Into Its Curriculum

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.30.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

NFTE's Startup Summer is an elite program developed by the New York-Metro team with the purpose of getting actual businesses started by NFTE graduates. Two young Startup Summer entrepreneurs talked to me about their experiences so far.

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.

A Community Finds a New Way: Crown Heights and the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.19.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

Crown Heights Young Entrepreneurship Program provides resources and, most importantly, a place for young businesspeople and entrepreneurs to meet. Rabbi Werde's vision is that every young person in his community will have the resources necessary to pursue business aspirations.

Going Home: The NFTE Business Camp in Newark

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.14.2013 | New York
Steve Mariotti

It was like going home again when on Friday, August 9, I went to Newark, New Jersey, to visit the NFTE program at Rutgers University. My mind full of memories of some of our first entrepreneurship programs taught at this very site, I walked into this legendary school.

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.

Getting to Know Entrepreneurship, Business and Finance Teachers at the New York Stock Exchange

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.30.2013 | Small Business
Steve Mariotti

I was invited to the NYSE to speak to participants in a wonderful program they have hosted for the past 26 years, the NYSE Teachers' Workshop, where 35 of the top business and economics teachers had come together to strengthen teaching and learning.

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.