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Babson Hosts N.E. Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Babson and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) will host the NFTE New England Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge for area students. Sponsors include the Citi Foundation and Microsoft.

Young entrepreneurs have already won previous competitions to participate in the New England regional final event. Teenagers will demonstrate their command of the entrepreneurial mindset, the way entrepreneurs recognize opportunities and overcome challenges. More than 100 people will watch as students present and defend their business plans before a prestigious panel of judges and an audience of key business and school leaders.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Student Business Showcase and Reception

Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge and Awards Ceremony

Babson College-Wellesley Main Campus

231 Forest Street, Wellesley, MA

On-site Contact: Jennifer Green, NFTE, 617-388-2008

Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs New England Region

                                    Judges include: (50 judges for the day, a sampling includes:)

  1. Zenobia Moochhala, Co-Founder, SVP & GM of US & International Consumer Marketplace,
  2. Patrick Good, Partner, EY
  3. Sheryl Marshall, Founder, Capital W, the Boston Women’s Venture Summit
  4. Barbara Russell, Managing Director, Detwiler Fenton
  5. Karen Yim, Principal Support Engineer at Netscout Systems
  6. Sam Polk, Vice President, Marketing Technologies at Santander Bank, N.A.
  7. Amy Whitney, Director – Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program at Clark University

Each finalist has completed the NFTE in-school entrepreneurship curriculum and is competing for seed capital investment prizes.  Top three finalists from the New England region will receive: First Place $1,500; Second Place $1,000; Third Place $500. Young entrepreneurs in first and second place will also advance to the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in October in New York City to compete for prizes totaling $20,000.

About NFTE Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenges

NFTE Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Challenges will take place in cities across the country supported by the Citi Foundation as part of its Pathways to Progress global expansion to prepare urban youth for today’s competitive job market. Thousands of students participate in this initiative led by the Citi Foundation designed to help young people become career-ready through first jobs, internships and leadership and entrepreneurship training.

About Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (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 (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), 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 22 locations in 9 countries. For more information, please visit, like NFTE on Facebook at, and follow NFTE on Twitter at @NFTE.