National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

About The Competition

Each school year, nearly 20,000 students create and pitch business plans in NFTE classrooms across the nation. Hundreds go on to compete in regional competitions, and the winners from each region travel to Manhattan to take the stage at the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.



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2017 Competition

On October 12, 2017, 41 top young entrepreneurs demonstrated their command of the entrepreneurial mindset as they presented and defended their business plans to a distinguished panel of judges. Participants shared a prize pool of nearly $35,000.

Meet the winners:

First Place:

Jasmine Adams, Smudgies: Fabric cloths—made from a similar material to that used in swimsuits—that can remove make-up without help. Jasmine took the NFTE program through YEScarolina, a NFTE nonprofit partner.

Runner Up:

Clifton Jackson, CWC Pliers: For professional electricians, a 3-in-1 tool that decreases job-completion time and increases work-place safety by reducing the number of times one has to reach for a tool in a toolbelt.

Runner Up:

Nathanael Wheadon, Fudged UP!: Organic specialty fudge spreads in a variety of unique flavors, inspired by a family recipe.

Meet this year’s top 41 young entrepreneurs!

Meet the Online Elevator Pitch Winner!