Join us for NFTE5, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s expanded conference for educators!


July 10-12, 2023

Fort Lauderdale (Florida) Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa


This year’s conference will focus on five critical “E”s: Educator development, Empowering community, Equity advancement, Economic impact, and Entrepreneurial mindset.

Join us for an event that will help you innovate in the classroom to prepare youth for pathways to success!

Seating is limited, but there is no cost to register for this three-day experience at Fort Lauderdale (Florida) Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.


Summit highlights:

  • Hear from thought leaders including featured speaker Kwame Alexander
  • Get certified in Intuit Design4Delight OR Certiport ESB
  • NFTE University certification for new NFTE teachers
  • NFTE U refresher certificate for veteran teachers
  • Engage with content specialists and policymakers
  • Interact with NFTE Teacher Corps
  • Meet and learn from NFTE alumni and students
  • NFTE Teacher Pitch Competition (audience votes for people’s choice)

Summit attendees:

  • Educators, administrators, and program specialists
  • Education thought leaders and policymakers
  • Education and entrepreneurship influencers

NFTE Teachers pay no conference fees!

Monday, July 10, 2023
Sessions marked with ** are eligible for NFTE U Refresh Credit for veteran NFTE teachers

9:00 am   NFTE University (until 3:45 p.m.)
                 (And a BizCamp Training session for Southeast Region Teachers only)

9:00 am    Registration opens 
                  Exhibit space setup  

12:00 pm  Exhibit spaces open 

12:30 pm  Opening Rally for all attendees!  

1:00 pm    Session 1A – Bringing the Lean Canvas to Life **
                  Session 1B – Startup Tech Workshop

2:30 pm    Session 2A – Running a Successful Classroom Business **
                  Session 2B – Exploring Careers with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

4:00 pm    Session 3A – Innovative Adaptations for Any Classroom or Competition                                                      Success **
                  Session 3B – Teacher Pitch Competition Coaching session
                  Session 3C – The Why, How and So What of Data Collection in NFTE                                                            Classrooms *


Tuesday, July 11, 2023 
Breakfast independent, Exhibits open from 8:00 am 

8:00 am    NFTE University (until 11:45 am)
                  Intuit Design4Delight Training 

9:00 am     Certiport ESB Training (Entrepreneurship and Small Business)
                   Session 4A – Finding Shelf Space for NFTE Programs for Aspiring Partners                             Session 4B – Engaging Local Classroom Volunteers

10:30 am   Session 5A – Helping Students Master Social Media & Marketing**
                   Session 5B – Student/Alumni Panel: My NFTE Experience, Part 1 

12:00 pm   Plenary Lunch with Industry Panel discussion on Leveraging                                                 Entrepreneurship Education for Future Readiness

2:00 pm     Session 6A – TBD

                   Session 6B Student/Alumni Panel: My NFTE Experience, Part 2 
                   Session 6C
Life beyond NFTE – Deepening the Entrepreneurial Mindset**
                   Session 6D
Culturally Responsive Teaching within Entrepreneurship Education**
                   Session 6E
Building an Impact Enterprise: EY Ripples Business Clinic 

3:30 pm     Session 7A – Panel discussion on Using Entrepreneurship to Avert the Juvenile                                           Justice System & Empower Community Outcomes 
                   Session 7B – Alumni Pathway Panel: College/Career/Entrepreneurship 
                   Session 7C – Voices from the Classroom:  Building Entrepreneurial Mindsets** 
                   Session 7D – Financial Literacy & Technology for better Money Management    
                   Session 7E – Integrating New Technology into the Classroom** 

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 

Breakfast independent, Exhibits and Book Sales open from 8:00 am

8:00 am      NFTE U & INTUIT D4D Training Sessions (until 11:45 am)

9:00 am      Certiport ESB Training
                    Session 8A – Teacher Pitch Competition Part 1 (vote for People’s Choice!)

10:30 am    Session 9A – Teacher Pitch Competition Part 2 (vote for People’s Choice!)

12:00 pm    Closing Plenary Lunch, including announcement of Teacher Pitch                                          Competition winner, with Keynote Address from Newbery Medal and Coretta                      Scott King Award winning author & educator Kwame Alexander

1:45 pm        Final certification test/close out for NFTE U, Intuit D4D and ESB, just 1 hr.

3:00 pm       NFTE5 SUMMIT OVER! 

Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, publisher, andNew York TimesBestselling author of 36 books, including SWING, BECOMING MUHAMMAD ALI, co-authored with James Patterson, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious UK Carnegie Medal, The Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor-winning picture book, THE UNDEFEATED, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. A regular contributor to NPR’s Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards,including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. In 2018, he opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. He is the writer and executive producer of THE CROSSOVER TV series on Disney+. The fall of 2022 will see the release of book one of a new trilogy, THE DOOR OF NO RETURN.

Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB)

Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB) is a certification from Certiport, that validates a students’ understanding of the essentials needed to launch and maintain a successful business.




Intuit Design for Delight (D4D) Innovator

In partnership with Intuit, NFTE is offering an opportunity for teachers to become certified in Intuit’s globally recognized approach to design thinking: Design for Delight (D4D).




NFTE U Certified Educator

NFTE University prepares educators to teach NFTE’s suite of entrepreneurship programs. The course mixes learning content with typical student experiences that range from creating a lean business canvas to presenting a pitch deck.



Continuing professional development credits will be available for participating teachers.

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