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.
In September 2015, world leaders adopted 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved over the next 15 years. They are:
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.
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.
You must work in groups of at least two and not more than three.
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.
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 email@example.com.
The World Series of Innovation toolkit includes NFTE curriculum and games that introduce users to entrepreneurial thinking.
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.
Sure, as long as there are two or three people on each team, and one person as team leader.
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.
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.
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.
Check out the rules & regulations.
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.
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.
No, there is no charge to participate in the World Series of Innovation!
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.
Winners will be listed on the website! Also, your team leader will be notified by email.
Check out another great quick challenge for young entrepreneurs: www.MakeYourJob.org
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.
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.
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.