Left-to-right: NFTE’s first-ever World Champions Divya Sijwali and Parth Puri of India

World Winner

In April 2022, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship named the winners of the inaugural World Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge, presented by Citi Foundation, Ernst & Young LLP (EY US) and Zuora

Student teams represented NFTE global partner organizations in Austria, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico and Singapore and competed against three winners of NFTE’s 2021 U.S. National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge.

The April 6-7 virtual pitch-off included a semifinal and final round of competition, with the winners determined by a panel of VIP judges and recognized at a gala celebration. 

The first-ever winning team included:

17-year-old Divya Sijwali and 16-year-old Parth Puri of New Delhi, India, receiving $5,000 for their business, Tyron, a fashion footwear brand that employs local cobblers to craft stylish, quality products from recycled and upcycled tires.  

Runner-up ($1,000): 17-year-old Nana Sakimoto of Hiroshima, Japan, whose app, Gomimin, aims to make environmental cleanup more social fun by enabling users to earn in-game currency to pick up litter.

Runner-up ($1,000): 17-year-old Ava McLoughlin of Donegal, Ireland, whose business, Irish Tweedscapes, specializes in unique, hand-crafted Magee tweed gifts that celebrate the country’s heritage.