500 Chicago Area Students to Attend NFTE Chicago Start It Up Summit

November 5, 2013  |  18 comments

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s Chicago Program Office (NFTE Chicago) is hosting over 500 students from its citywide youth entrepreneurship education program at its Start It Up Summit, tomorrow November 6, 2013 at the Chase Auditorium. The Start It Up Summit will be the largest gathering of youth entrepreneurship students in the city’s history and will highlight Chicago’s start-up landscape through a host of exciting speakers, networking activities and a demonstration of the future of product development. Brian Babylon, host of the Vocalo’s Morning Amp, will be the emcee the event. 

Students will receive insights and pearls of wisdom from innovators across Chicago. Speakers include Joe Born, Founder of Neuros Technology; Ted Ganchiff, Director of SEE Chicago; Mike Mcgee, Co-Founder of The Starter League;  Andrew Neimen, Director of Business Development at SceneTap; Jimmy Odom, Founder of WeDeliver; Elizabeth Swanson, Deputy of Education for the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel;  NFTE Chicago Board member Thaddeus Wong, Founder of @Properties; and Sherman Wright, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of commonground marketing. A special thank you to Chase for supporting the event and for their long-term support of NFTE Chicago.

NFTE Chicago alumni entrepreneurs, Zoe Damacela (Zoe Damacela Apparel) and Johnnie Lovett (Fresh Connection Brand) will share their experience and insight on how to build a business as a young entrepreneur. NFTE’s 2013 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge first place finishers, Jesus Fernandez-Ortiz and Toheeb Okenla (NFTE Chicago Class of 2013, Thornwood High School) will discuss their journey to the NFTE’s national competition and their big win this past October.

NFTE Chicago student attendees will have an opportunity to see an onsite live 3D printer demonstration.

For more information or press inquiries, contact, Lauren Joyce, Deputy Director of NFTE Chicago at 773.938.8700.

Founded in 1987 NFTE has reached over 500,000 young people and trained more than 4,100 Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers.  Currently NFTE has active, licensed programs in 18 states and 9 countries. Started with seed funding from The Coleman Foundation  in May 2003, NFTE Chicago has developed a successful partnership with Chicago Public Schools and since its inception has reached over 16,000 students.

NFTE’s mission is to provide entrepreneurship education programs that inspire low-income students to stay in school, recognize business opportunities, and graduate with a plan for success. Our vision is for all young people to find their path to success. NFTE’s strategy to achieve its mission:

•             Partner with schools
•             Create innovative, experiential curricula
•             Train and support teachers
•             Provide meaningful volunteer opportunities
•             Provide supportive alumni services
•             Evaluate student outcomes

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