NFTE Means Business

What can you do with an entrepreneurial mindset? While a number of NFTE alumni choose college, careers or other paths to success, a quarter go on to start or run businesses. Here are just a few of those founders.

Alumni: Add a Business

Merchandise & Shops

FOUNDER: Jonathan Ovadia

A Florida-based virtual reality technology studio specializing in experiential content using immersive tech.

FOUNDER: Aniye Strachan

The Florida-based enterprise of vocalist Aniye, who specializes in R&B, Jazz, Soul, and Gospel music.

FOUNDER: Tanya Powell

Natural hair care and skincare superstore with natural products for acne, hair, stretch marks, and eczema.

FOUNDER: Sarah Farzam

Founded in New York, bilingual education (up to age 6) taught through music and movement.

FOUNDERS: Bruce & Glen Proctor

New York fashion designers of bold and electric accessories, bag collection and sustainable clothing.

FOUNDER: Danielle Buchanan

Cakepopulis is a treat shop creating delicious cakepops that are perfect for every occasion.

FOUNDER: Simone Hufana

California-based educational and interactive coloring book maker featuring women of color.

FOUNDER: Alyssa Colwell

Florida-based creator of stuffed animals and motivational stickers to comfort those with anxiety.

FOUNDER: Rachel Benns

Custom corsage, boutonniere, and lei business that makes accessories and holiday décor.

FOUNDER: Amylah Charles

A California-based maker of hair care products made with natural herbs, butters, and oils.

FOUNDER: Jasmine Lawrence

Provides natural products that integrate wellness and beauty inspired by nature.

FOUNDER: Olivia Be’ Nguyen

Connecticut-raised surrealistic artist whose signature style features outstanding colors.

FOUNDER: TyriQ Amerson

Online cosmetics shop offers an array of handmade organic skincare essentials.

FOUNDER: Darius Davie

With locations in Washington, D.C., and Florida, offers premium men’s haircutting and personal care services.

FOUNDER: Jennifer LaSala

Bakery that is completely Top-9-allergen-free and vegan helps people with food allergies in the New England area and beyond eat and celebrate safely.

FOUNDER: Cindy Aoun

A company that makes fashionable handmade jewelry integrating symbolic crystals and charms.

FOUNDER: Mathew Galvez

Born in San Francisco’s streets, the clothing brand embraces the motivating power of struggle.

FOUNDER: Mia Coleman-Hawkins

With dreams of owning a food truck, sells and ships homemade cookies and brownies.

FOUDER: Christopher Avolio

Versatile bike lock holder with adjustable straps to fit differing thickness of frames and locks.

AUTHOR: Rahfeal “RahGor” Gordon

Award-winning entrepreneur, author, and global leadership advisor’s memoir, “The Candy Kingpin.”

AUTHOR: Rodney J. Walker

Inspirational speaker and best-selling author of “A New Day ONE: From Foster Care to Harvard.”

FOUNDER: Zainabou Thiam

Online West African boutique that sells authentic skin care, body jewelry, and wellness products.

FOUNDER: Jose Rodriguez

A fidget-infused apparel line to help people with Autism and ADHD handle stress, anxiety, and sensory-related issues.

FOUNDER: James McNeal

Meticulously crafted skate shoes that offer the ideal footwear for action sports, BMX, free riding and much more.

Services & Solutions

FOUNDER: Aalap Shah

Chicago-based digital marketing agency focused on driving revenue growth.

FOUNDER: Brandon L. Griffin

Platform for young adults that provides cost effective, on-demand soft-skills training and access to professional mentors.

FOUNDER: Robert Reffkin

First modern real estate platform, pairing top talent with technology to make the search and sell experience seamless.

FOUNDER: Jyoti Rani

A nonprofit organization offering free coding classes to students around the globe.

FOUNDER: Arti Shala

IT Infrastructure and HIPPA compliant solutions for small to medium sized medical practices in the Washington DC Metro Area.

FOUNDER: Laura Martinelli

New York-based filmmaker specializes in visual media that emphasizes story.

FOUNDER: Andres Cardona

Florida-based basketball program that teaches young athletes the proper fundamentals of the game.

FOUNDER: Brandon L. Griffin

Digital marketer, certified life coach, and curator of love and relationship content.

FOUNDER: Genevieve Santos-Bann

A licensed esthetician and makeup artist who provides results-oriented skincare in Long Island, New York.

FOUNDER: Vincent Quigg

A delivery company with the transparency, speed, and agility the world needs to always stay one step ahead.

FOUNDER: Macalee Harlis Jr., DPM, AACFAS

Podiatrist practice based in Port St. Lucie, Florida, that is highly skilled in treating a variety of conditions and issues.

FOUNDER: Jasen Delgado

Based in Miami and South Florida, but travels around the USA and internationally to photograph events and projects for clients.

FOUNDER: Luke Cooper

Deploying a proven model to build (and exit) the next generation of Black & Hispanic Enterprise SaaS Unicorns.

FOUNDER: Mary Blackford

Community market featuring Black-owned businesses in Washington, D.C.

FOUNDER: Dylan Martin

Connecticut-based beehive management and professional consultation service.

FOUNDER: Carlos Perez-Beltran

With offices in Orlando, Florida, an IT managed services provider specializing in delivering IT solutions to small and mid-sized companies.

FOUNDER: Aaron Brown

An engine for work-based learning connecting industry to education for workforce innovation via teacher externships, classroom projects, and student internships.

FOUNDER: Kyle Wong

Provider of user-generated content, ratings and reviews, and influencer marketing solutions.

FOUNDER: Cody Chang

The essential technical and business fundamentals, interview skills, case study tips, and job-hunting strategies to land tech jobs.

FOUNDER: Geneva Cornelius

A full-service mobile Notary Office and fingerprinting business offering expertise with various documents, as well as some additional services.

FOUNDER: Brian Sessions

Experiential learning that provides K-12 scholars with a healthy social outlet in the literacy-arts.

FOUNDER: Christopher Jones

Provides young, diverse talent with experiential learning and development programs in leadership, technology, business, data and design.

FOUNDER: Daniel Blank

Digital construction tools and jobs and an integrated process that balances robotic efficiency with human collaboration.

FOUNDER: Daniel Blank

Texas-based thematic investment firm focusing on human performance and partnering with innovative founders and executives.

Experiences

FOUNDER: Evin Robinson

America On Tech creates pathways for young people to thrive in technology and innovation.

FOUNDER: Avi Goel

Web portal that offers maps, pictures, and interactive quizzes users can use to learn about countries in the world.

FOUNDER: Luke Beatrice

Comics featuring diverse characters, from women and ethnic minorities to the LGBT+ community.

FOUNDER: Shannon O’Brien

Holistic development assistance including e-learning featuring wellness, career, and service topics.