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About the Challenge

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s World Series of Innovation, presented by Microsoft, is a fun, experiential activity that allows students to think creatively and invent new products or services that address every-day opportunities. All students are encouraged to participate to develop their creativity and innovative thinking skills – and win some amazing prizes.

Each team of at least two (2) and not more than five (5) young people (aged 11-24) will select one of our many innovation challenges and come up with a new, unique, innovative product or service to address that market niche.   Show us how the product or service will impact people’s lives on a day to day basis and how you will market your great new innovation.

Individuals, schools, teachers, and host organizations can register online and receive a basic toolkit for the challenge that includes a set of activities designed to encourage creativity and innovation in preparation for the challenge.  NFTE recommends using at least 90 minutes to prepare for the challenge and at least another 90 minutes for brainstorming and completing the submission process. In addition, all teams must submit a videotape of a 60-second commercial for their product or service.

There will be two winning teams per category:  one chosen by a committee of elite judges from the sponsoring organization, and one chosen by popular vote through our online voting platform during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The winning students in each category will receive a prize package from the sponsor and will share a cash prize with their school or youth group. If a winning youth group is not affiliated with a school or non-profit youth serving organization, that portion of the prize will be donated to a school or non-profit of their choice.