32 Student business winners from around the country will compete in this annual challenge. Watch the top 3 present pitches to our VIP judges!

The National Challenge is one of NFTE’s signature events and the most high-stakes business plan and pitch competition of the year. Students begin their journey on the #RoadtoNationals in a local NFTE classroom or camp competition. The best young entrepreneurs from across the country advance through a series of elimination rounds, first at the local and then at the regional and national levels in order to qualify for Nationals. The National Challenge culminates with the top three national finalists taking the stage in front of a live audience and a panel of VIP judges for the final round of competition.


Thursday, October 13, 2022

6:30 pm EDT doors open;
7:00 – 10:00 pm EDT event
Final Competition and Awards Ceremony, with
youth business expo and networking to follow

Who will be there?

  • NFTE alumni, students, teachers and staff
  • Key partners, supporters and volunteers
  • Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and investors, Industry Executives

Presenting Sponsors

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