Who We Are

The NFTE community is diverse. Business and community leaders, academics, and entrepreneurs serve on our boards. Our staff includes experienced educators, curriculum designers, program managers, and workforce development experts. Our supporters range from individual donors and philanthropic foundations to global corporations.

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Our Founder: Steve Mariotti

New York-born

Steve Mariotti changed career paths in 1982 when he decided to leave the corporate sector and become a special education teacher in the New York City public school system. His first assignment was in the East New York section of Brooklyn and his last was in the Fort Apache section of the Bronx. While teaching in this harsh environment for six and one half years, Steve gained insight into how to successfully motivate his toughest students—teaching them how to run a business. His perceptions and learnings inspired him to create a program to bring entrepreneurial education to low-income youth. In 1987 he founded what would become the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Our Vision

Every person owns their future.

Our Purpose

Lead the global movement for equitable access to entrepreneurship education.

Our Mission

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) ignites the entrepreneurial mindset with unique learning experiences that empower students to own their futures.

Our Impact

A global nonprofit founded in 1987, NFTE has educated more than a million students, delivering our programs in school, out of school, in-person, online, or through hybrid models.

Alumni Stories

Since 1987, NFTE has provided entrepreneurship education for youth in underserved communities. Meet alumni who changed their life trajectory, explored their passions, and ignited their entrepreneurial mindset to prepare for work and own their futures.

Meet NFTE Alumna Antonia Castro

Impact Stats


86% of NFTE alumni are employed or actively engaged in furthering their education.


80% of alumni have earned or are earning a college degree or professional certification.


25% of NFTE alumni start at least one business and many become serial entrepreneurs.


90% of employers say the workforce needs the entrepreneurship skills that NFTE teaches.


90% of NFTE alumni say learning to think like an entrepreneur helped them in school, business, and life.


50% of NFTE alumni report that they are earning more than the median salary in the United States today.

Behind the Work

Our Team

#TeamNFTE is a community of professionals from states in seven U.S. regions, including Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship headquarters in New York. Our team values entrepreneurial thinking, hard work, equity, respect, creativity, collaboration, honesty, quality, transparency, and accountability. Our team’s dedication and expertise in entrepreneurship education enable them to deliver high-quality programs and cultivate a culture of innovation and learning.

Our Volunteers

NFTE’s volunteers play a crucial role in extending our reach and impact. Their commitment to mentoring, teaching, and guiding young aspiring entrepreneurs helps to instill valuable skills and confidence, empowering the next generation to navigate the complexities of the business world with resilience and creativity. Through their selfless contributions, NFTE’s volunteers contribute directly to shaping the entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow.