2014 Mariotti Venture Award Pitch Challenge


During National Small Business Week, May 12-16, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship proudly announced the winner of the 2014 Mariotti Venture Award Pitch Challenge, presented by ASPIRE GIVING, who received $25,000 in Venture Capital for his/her business.

This annual award, which is named for NFTE Founder, Steve Mariotti, is open to those over 18 years old who have completed NFTE’s core entrepreneurship education program and run a licensed, revenue producing business for at least two years.

More than two dozen business leaders applied for the 2014 Mariotti award and the winner was selected by business leader judges from among three finalists. Click here to learn about the 2014 winner, Xochitl Guzman, and her business Create Awake!



  • You must be a graduate of NFTE who is over the age of 18.
  • You must own or run a licensed business (you must also be paying applicable federal/state taxes).
  • Eligible start-up companies will be 2 to 3 years old and have been generating revenue for at least 24 months.
  • Eligible later-stage companies may be of any level of maturity, but must be proposing products, services or growth that is ‘new’.

Applicants will submit a short executive summary, complete an application form, submit up to 3 PowerPoint slides, and a link to a video (3 min max) of you presenting your Elevator Pitch.  The pitch must include a SPECIFIC request for funding for your business – requests for ‘general operating funds’ will not be considered.

The award winner will be announced during National Small Business Week - May 11-15, 2015