Young people learned how to develop their entrepreneurial mindset, the way entrepreneurs recognize opportunities, implement plans, build teams and overcome obstacles.
Students were challenged to create ambitious yet practical plans and encouraged to use their entrepreneurial mindset to dream big and know they can accomplish anything.
Hopefully, this program will enable students to think about the opportunities of becoming an entrepreneur and solving a problem while providing a way of life for themselves and others.” A non-profit, independent, co-educational school for grades Pre-K - 12, Saint Andrew's School is a private day and boarding school located in Boca Raton, educating the best students from across Palm Beach County, Florida, the United States, and throughout the world in the Episcopal tradition.
From June through August, in 10 cities across the United States, NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) hosted Biz Camps® to students, ages 13 to 18, from under-resourced communities.
Students created a business idea and then worked to complete a business plan, all the while activating their entrepreneurial mindset.
At the end of camp, young entrepreneurs presented their business plans to a panel of judges in a competition to win seed capital.NFTE’s mission is to provide programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures.For more information contact Jennifer Green or call 7.Albert Cohen Family Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.The judges, members of the SA community, Leif Andersson, Jonathan Seltzer, Melissa Darnell, Felix De Herrera, and Gary Peters, have worked in the business field for many years, making their career experience valuable in the competition for not only judging the students’ work but also for relevant feedback, tips, and overall help in moving their ideas forward.By participating in this competition, Saint Andrew’s Scots helped NFTE serve and impact students in their own backyard.NFTE South Florida is currently serving 63 public schools and has impacted over 36,000 young people.With market research and financial projections completed, Upper School students in Mr.John Daly’s Honors Investment and Entrepreneurship classes took to the stage and presented their business plans to five panelists, in a competition similar to the Shark Tank format.Biz Camp activities included the NFTE curriculum covering topics such as return on investment, supply and demand, opportunity recognition and marketing.Guest speakers included business professionals who brought the outside world to the Biz Camp setting, and field trips included meetings with entrepreneurs at their workplace.