Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

Startup Tech Trains Students for the Future of Work While Fostering an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Technology is the future of work. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) Startup Tech (SUT) challenges students to improve the world through marketable digital solutions. With a rapidly changing economy and the challenges and demands of a post-pandemic world and workplace, NFTE prepares students from under-resourced communities for the future of work, including the traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM (girls, urban and minority youth).

Through SUT, NFTE provides these students with 175 hours of instruction on entrepreneurial mindset, computer science principles and computational thinking, product development and app creation. Students are empowered to think and act like entrepreneurs, learning flexibility and adaptability, communication and collaboration, innovation and creativity, critical thinking and problem solving and comfort with risk.

Essential to the success of SUT is intensive teacher training and ongoing professional development of middle school teachers, who will implement SUT in all of NFTE’s 7 regions: Capital, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, New England, South, Southeast and West.

SUT partners with volunteer entrepreneurs, tech industry experts and business leaders, linking the students with caring mentors and connectors to local industry. These individuals usher real-world experience into the classroom and help coach NFTE students as they explore computational thinking and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s App Inventor, create their own viable business ideas, explore sustainable business models and learn how to pitch their ideas to investors.

The culmination is the year-end Startup Showcases where SUT students demonstrate their marketable digital solutions for community problems, pitch their business concepts and compete for seed funding.

Through an All Points North Foundation grant, NFTE will expand access to the SUT program in the 2021-2022 academic year, reaching more middle schoolers with high-quality, STEM-centric learning and NFTE-trained educators.

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