EVENT TIMELINE
 
Ignite Entrepreneurship consists of a series of 3 events taking part during the eMerge Americas Conference on May 4 and 5, (expected attendance 5,000+) and culminating in our Ignite Entrepreneurship Youth BizPlan Challenge. Together, these events offer a compelling opportunity to support low-income youth through the power of entrepreneurship education, while gaining visibility for your organization at this high-profile event with top entrepreneurs and business leaders from Miami and around the world..
 
Sunday, May 4, 2014
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM: Ignite Entrepreneurship Launch Benefit
Adoré Nightclub, Miami Beach
300+ entrepreneurs and business leaders will gather at Adoré, a newly-opened nightclub on Miami Beach, to enjoy small plates highlighting the flavors of South Florida, as well as premium mixology bars featuring the most current cocktail creations.  The evening will celebrate some of Miami’s renowned entrepreneurs, as well as our young entrepreneurs who will be competing in the Ignite Entrepreneurship Youth BizPlan Challenge the following day.
 
Monday, May 5, 2014
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Ignite Entrepreneurship Youth Biz Plan Challenge 
Miami Beach Convention Center
Cheer on our budding 5 high school entrepreneurs as they rise to the challenge of pitching their businesses to a panel of distinguished entrepreneurs, community and business leaders.  The top two young entrepreneurs selected by judges through this exciting process will win cash prizes and have the opportunity to compete for top honors in NFTE’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge to be held October 9, 2014 at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.
 
Monday, May 5, and Tuesday, May 6, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Ignite Entrepreneurship Shark Incubator & Youth Expo
Miami Beach Convention Center
Expo will feature our 10 top young entrepreneurs and alumni. Meet these inspirational young people and chat with them about their businesses and business ideas, offer feedback and advice. The display will feature the students’ complete business plans and offer a glimpse of these young entrepreneurs in action.
 
CAUSE OVERVIEW
 
75 million youth (ages 15-24) are unemployed globally. In Florida, a staggering 17% of young people do not have a job. While Miami’s entrepreneurial ecosystem continues to grow exponentially, this group of young people does not have access to opportunity. Since 1987, NFTE has been teaching at-risk young people to think like entrepreneurs, empowering them to find their own path to success.