Every NFTE student is required to create an original business plan during a semester or year-long course.  The business plan is the vehicle through which they demonstrate mastery of the entrepreneurial mindset – the way entrepreneurs approach and overcome challenges.  By presenting their plans at business plan competitions, students have a unique opportunity to practice their public-speaking skills, gain professional advice on their plans from competition judges, and receive well-earned public recognition as well as award capital to invest in their businesses and/or their education.     
On Thursday, October 6, 2016, approximately 40 finalists from across the US who won regional competitions will compete in the eleventh annual NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York City, presented by the Citi Foundation. 
NFTE also presents its Online Elevator Pitch Challenge award at the event.  This winner is chosen from the finalists during a month-long social media contest leading up to October 6th.  To learn more, visit  to vote for your favorite!

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LAST YEAR: NFTE's 2015 National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge took place on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 in New York City.  (Check out our opening video, here)

Our three finalists were:

Crystal Sanchez (Guardian Locket, from Lawndale, CA) - 1st Place Winner
Urbana Anam and Jannatul Rowshan (URBANAlifa Hijabs, from NYC) - Runner Up
Kenneth Huertas (A Touch of Eco, from Downey, CA) - Runner Up

David Chubak of Citi with Crystal Sanchez and NFTE CEO Shawn Osborne

NFTE Challenge Final Round Judges NFTE Challenge Finalists

Meet our Final Round Judges and 2015 National Challenge finalists (l-r)
JUDGES: Luke Cooper, Peach Labs Co.;  Ben Darr, Brandtale; Dave Gilboa, Warby Parker; Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, GLAMSQUAD  & Gilt; David Chubak, Citi   FINALISTS:  Crystal Sanchez, Jannatul Rowshan, Urbana Anam, & Kenneth Huertas