Growing in the West

Annually, over 4,000 diverse young entrepreneurs gain access to quality entrepreneurship education and a highly trained corps of teachers in the Western United States. A team of experienced trainers provides professional development to nearly 70 educators in the West Region, teaching more than 80 NFTE courses each year.

Give to NFTE West

Are you ready to empower young people to catch the entrepreneurial wave and ride it all the way to success?

NFTE West, a regional office of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, is here to help you do just that! With programs across a 13-state territory, our dedicated team works with public and private sector partners to bring experiential, project-based learning to young people in our local communities. NFTE’s highly trained Entrepreneurial Teacher Corps and dedicated Volunteer Corps support and coach NFTE learners, who are motivated by opportunities to compete for scholarships and seed capital.

By investing in the future of underserved youth, we’re creating a more vibrant society and positively impacting the lives of our young neighbors. Contact us if you’re interested in bringing NFTE programming to your neighborhood.

The Road to Nationals

Our premiere annual event is the NFTE West Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge finals, part of our region’s Youth Business Competition series. Our communities come together to celebrate amazing young entrepreneurs—as well as their teachers, school leaders and volunteer coaches who prioritize entrepreneurship education to launch the next generation of diverse entrepreneurial leaders. Attend this and other epic NFTE West events to witness thinkers, innovators, and problem solvers in action. Watch as our region empowers young people by working alongside them on #TheRoadtoNationals. 

Tim Blaylock

Executive Director, West

Lea Bruder

Development Associate, West

Cristopher Bautista

Program Manager, West

Cheyanne Ornelas

Volunteer Programs Associate, South and West

Kristina Caberto Wallace

Development Director, West

West Regional Advisory Board

Gary Rabishaw, Chair

Managing Director, Intrepid Investment Bankers

Patrick Auger

Partner, EY

Bob Blee

Head of Growth and Middle Market Technology Banking for the Americas, MUFG

Chris Boyd

Chief Operating Officer, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Charles Choice

Director & NFTE Alumnus, Do-or-Dier Visionary Foundation

Jasmin Coyne

SVP Operations Program Management and Transformation, City National Bank

John Finley

Head, Voice of Customer & Loyalty, BMO

Jenna Gestetner

Founder, xHealth Studio

Monika Hudson

Associate Professor, School of Management, University of San Francisco

Emil Khodorkovsky

CEO, Forbix Capital Corp.

Connie Moore

Retired NFTE Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District

Andrew Morris, CFA

Managing Director, Solace Capital Partners

Mikko Ollila

VP, Investment Research and Knowledge Management, Capital Group

Ruben Resendez

President, adHere, Inc.

Elliott Schwartz

CEO, Empty Leg Market

Leo Gestetner, Chair Emeritus

Founder & CEO, Heath Capital

Fritz Maytag, Emeritus

Founder, Anchor Brewing; Former Chairman, Maytag Dairy Farms


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