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April 29, 2014 > Students prepare for upcoming Tech Innovation Challenge

Students prepare for upcoming Tech Innovation Challenge

Submitted By Laurel Skurko

At the end of March, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) students from across the Bay Area gathered in San Jose for a one-on-one workshop with Silicon Valley technology experts from Success Factors and Ariba. Working with these technology volunteers, Bay Area students learned to design mobile apps and create websites for their own original business ideas. At the workshop, students worked directly with local technology experts to hone their website/web app-building skills with the hope of ultimately getting to compete for prizes in the NFTE SAP Tech Innovation Challenge and even the NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge (October 9), where the top prize is $25,000.

Participating students from Hayward High School, San Leandro High School, as well as Andrew Hill High School in San Jose have been enrolled in a semester or year-long entrepreneurship class provided by their teachers with the support of NFTE.

A youth education program, NFTE trains students in entrepreneurship. It is provided to high school students, serving those in at-risk communities throughout the Bay Area. The program was founded in New York in 1987, and now operates in 18 states, Washington D.C., and 10 countries. The goal is to help youth from low-income communities stay in school, learn how to recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures.

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