Background to NFTE
Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Ireland is an international non profit organisation with almost twenty years experience of teaching entrepreneurship skills to young people.
In Ireland, NFTE, spearheaded by Liavan Mallin, has been established as an all island initiative, following a successful pilot scheme in Colaiste Dhulaigh and Bonnybrook Youthreach. The pilot was co-ordinated by Northside Partnership and funded by the Irish Youth Foundation.
NFTE was first established in the US by businessman Steve Mariotti who demonstrated that showing young people how to make money through setting up and running their own business could enable them to make a better future for themselves. NFTE is now an international organisation bringing its experience to youth worldwide.
On successful completion of NFTE U, each teacher/trainer becomes an Apprentice Certified Entrepreneurship Teacher (CET). CETs are encouraged to apply for the Irish CET of the Year and the International CET of the Year. Both winners travel to New York to take part in the Advanced Teacher Forum.
NFTE students are required to develop a business during the year. They are supported and encouraged by their CET. Throughout the school year NFTE students meet local entrepreneurs and partake in wholesale and sales events while working through the curriculum. At the end of the year each student presents their business plan as part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Awards. Each student business is also encouraged to apply for the International Business Plan competition, the winner of which gets a trip to New York to collect their prize.