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Frequently Asked Questions


What is NFTE?

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is an international nonprofit that activates the entrepreneurial mindset in young people and builds their knowledge about business startup. Students acquire the entrepreneurial mindset (e.g., innovation, self-reliance, comfort with risk), alongside business, STEM, and presentation skills—equipping them to drive their best futures in the 21st Century. NFTE focuses its work on under-resourced communities, with programs in 23 locations in 10 countries.

To learn more, visit http://www.nfte.com, like NFTE on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NFTE, or follow us on Twitter at @NFTE.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

In September 2015, world leaders adopted 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved over the next 15 years. They are:

My school or youth group is not participating in the World Series of Innovation yet. How can we get involved?

It's easy to get involved! Just download the toolkit, pick your innovation category, and start brainstorming. Then just make sure to complete all of the challenge sections, including a commercial storyboard, and submit by the deadline.

Can more than one team from a school or a youth program participate in the World Series of Innovation?

Yes! We welcome lots of teams. Each team needs a different team leader, who is tracked and identified by his/her email address. Team leaders may not lead more than one team. Also remember, we track each project by unique email address. If submitting more than one project, team leaders and members must use different email addresses.

How big can our team be?

You must work in groups of at least two and not more than three.

How much time will the World Series of Innovation take?

You can spend as much time working on it as you like, but we suggest devoting at least 90 minutes to toolkit activities and background work and 90 minutes to innovating and submitting. This includes creating your commercial storyboard.

What is an Innovation Day?

Innovation Days are community events that pair students and volunteers in a day of learning, preparing student teams to participate in World Series of Innovation. To learn more about hosting an Innovation Day, contact innovation@nfte.com.

Are there other teaching resources for teachers and program leaders?

The World Series of Innovation toolkit includes NFTE curriculum and games that introduce users to entrepreneurial thinking.

Can we enter innovations in more than one category?

Yes, but remember, for each idea submitted, the team must provide answers to all five prompt sections, including creating a commercial storyboard. That will take some time. Also remember, we track each project by unique email address. If submitting more than one project, team leaders and members must use different email addresses.

Can a group of friends from different schools participate in the World Series of Innovation?

Sure, as long as there are two or three people on each team, and one person as team leader.

I am trying to vote for my favorite innovation and having trouble. What should I do?

If the same computer is being used for multiple individuals who are voting, you will need to clear cache and cookies before another person can vote. Once cleared, the new person can enter an email address and vote for one project, per category, per day. Only valid email addresses will be counted in final voting. For questions, please contact us.

What will the winning ideas receive?

The People's Choice winning team and the Adjudicators' Choice winning team in each category will receive $2,000 for team members to split, plus $500 for their school or other nonprofit community organization. If a winning team is not affiliated with a school or nonprofit, they may choose a school or nonprofit to receive this portion of the prize. Please note, winners will be responsible for paying applicable taxes on all winnings. Runners up will receive a prize of $250 for the team to share.

When do the winners get their prizes?

Winning team members will be asked to complete and return a winners’ contract to provide appropriate tax identification information and contact information. Winners will also be asked to share how they plan to use their winnings. Prizes will be distributed to winners within 60 days from the receipt of the winners’ completed contracts.

Are there any other rules or regulations?

Check out the rules & regulations.

When will the winning innovations be chosen?

Submissions are due to NFTE on December 15, 2016 at 8pm Eastern Time (ET). A panel of judges will select the top ten submissions in each challenge category, who will each be given four weeks to film and create the commercial for which they provided a storyboard and script.

From the top ten submissions, three category finalists will be chosen by a committee of elite judges from the sponsoring organization. The three finalists will go head-to-head in a public, online vote.

There will be two winning teams per challenge: the "Adjudicators' Choice" winner selected by the sponsoring organization, and the "People's Choice" winner, chosen by popular online vote in March. NFTE will announce winners in April, 2017.

*Note: People's Choice" winners will be chosen by the number of valid, individual votes garnered from during the public voting period.

How do we officially register as a participating team?

You must complete your submission by the deadline as directed on the submission form. You will receive an automated response indicating that we have received the submission.

Are there any registration fees?

No, there is no charge to participate in the World Series of Innovation!

Who is the contact person from our team?

The person who creates an account and establishes the team is your team’s point of contact (we affectionately call this person your “team leader”). Each team must also provide a name and contact details for an adult at the school or other nonprofit organization with which the team is affiliated. If not affiliated with a school or other nonprofit organization, the team may provide a parent’s contact information.

*Note, each team is tracked using the team leader’s email address. If you wish to participate in more than one team, you will need to use different email addresses.

How do we know if we've won?

Winners will be listed on the website! Also, your team leader will be notified by email.

How do we contact you if we need to?

Most answers to your questions should be easy to find in the toolkit or on this website. If you really need to reach us, submit a question.

This was fun. What other entrepreneurship challenges are there?

Check out another great quick challenge for young entrepreneurs: www.MakeYourJob.org

How do I verify my email?

Team leaders must verify their emails in order to submit their innovations. To resend a verification email to the team leader, he or she should click "Profile" (name), "Manage My Profile," and then click the "Resend Verification Email" link.

What if I cannot submit my project?

Team leaders must verify their emails. To resend a verification email to the team leader, he or she should click "Profile" (name), "Manage My Profile," and then click the "Resend Verification Email" link. The team must complete all tiles in order to submit a project.

About WSI

Businesses solve problems. Why not follow in the footsteps of SpaceX, TOMS, and others, using your entrepreneurial mindset to help solve big problems and help others?

Every year, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) invites students ages 13-24 to practice thinking of original business ideas to address challenges faced by real organizations. Prizes range from $250 to $2,000. This year we ask students to put on their creative thinking caps to help solve global goals that the United Nations has identified as the largest and most serious challenges to humanity.