National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

About The Competition

This year alone, 17,000+ students created and pitched business plans in NFTE classrooms across the nation. Hundreds went on to compete in regional competitions, and the winners from each region will now take the stage at the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in Manhattan.

 37 young entrepreneurs will demonstrate their command of the entrepreneurial mindset as they present and defend their business plans to a distinguished panel of judges. Participants share a prize pool of nearly $35,000, with the winner receiving $10,000.


Last Year’s Competition

NFTE’s 2016 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge recognized top student entrepreneurs from across the United States, including:

First Place:

  • Anna Doherty and Hope Sacco, Girls Coloring for Change: coloring books of inspiring women, celebrating female role models who have advanced various aspects of culture.

Runner Up:

  • Tessa Beatrice, Underdog Comics: a web comic book series featuring diverse heroes, designed to inspire kids from different backgrounds and with different abilities.

Runner Up:

  • Matthew Sarreshtehdari, Rephone: a service that buys broken phone screens directly from phone repair shops, refurbishes the screens, and then redistributes the new screens back to repair shops at a price that undercuts the market by $5–$10.


Event Highlights




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