46 student business winners from around the country competed in this annual challenge. Watch the top 3 present pitches to our VIP judges!

The National Youth Entrepreneurship 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.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023


6:00 pm EDT Doors open; youth business expo and cocktail reception
7:30 pm EDT Final competition and awards ceremony
9:30 pm EDT program concludes

Who was there-
  • NFTE alumni, students, teachers and staff
  • Key partners, supporters and volunteers
  • Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investors, and industry executives

InterContinental Hotel New York Times Square
300 West 44th Street
Lower Level, Grand Ballroom

Presenting Sponsors

Ernst & Young LLP (EY US)

Citi Foundation