At NFTE, we believe that entrepreneurship education for all youth will grow the global economy and provide opportunities for young people to own their future.

Entrepreneurship education is the fundamental tool for creating an ongoing cycle of learning and innovation that will bring sustainable job creation and re-creation. Young people face historic increases in joblessness, an unemployment rate that is three times higher than that of adults, and a rapidly shifting economy.

“It is entrepreneurs who represent the best hope of creating sustained economic growth around the world. Students who can develop the entrepreneurial mindset early on are going to have a distinct advantage whether economic conditions are weak or strong.”

Maria Pinelli, Global Vice Chair, Strategic Growth Markets, Ernst & Young LTD and NFTE Board Chair

Technology and capital are driving this economic change. As a result, the global economic crisis itself is driving change. Success is increasingly defined as the ability to build, scale and adapt a business quickly in the digital world. Entrepreneurship education is a tool that can equip young people to not only start businesses and create jobs, but also to be opportunity-focused, flexible employees ready to fill existing jobs.

NFTE fosters the creation of businesses and the development of a adaptable, driven and opportunity-focused workforce that ultimately promotes economic stability.  External research has shown that NFTE graduates start and maintain businesses at substantially higher rates than their peers. Other research findings indicate the following trends:

  • Increased interest in attending college
  • Greater occupational aspirations
  • Improved scores in independent reading

Read more about our research results.

“Not every young person wants to work for a big business, so we need a systemic approach to teach them entrepreneurship, and NFTE has the best program in the country,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

NFTE helps young people see their futures in a different, positive way.