April 21, 2011 14:09 ET

NFTE Brings Washington's Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and National Leaders Together to Seed a New Generation of Locally-Grown Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Apr 21, 2011) - On Wednesday, April 27, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE DC Region), an organization which inspires young people to succeed in school and in life by seizing educational opportunities and starting their own businesses, will hold its 2011 Dare to Dream Gala -- DC's biggest networking events that supports youth entrepreneurship. This year's gala, "Cultivating a New Generation of Entrepreneurs," will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC with the reception at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 7:15pm. During the reception 50 youth (high school age) entrepreneurs will exhibit and sell their products and services at the "Youth Entrepreneur Showcase."

This year's 14th annual gala will not only showcase the impressive business accomplishments of the crop of teen entrepreneurs graduating from the NFTE program, but also pay tribute to the successful locally-grown entrepreneurs who have demonstrated growth, scale and commitment to the Greater Washington, DC community. During the event, the following respected DC business leaders will share key advice with the next generation of entrepreneurs:

  • Aaron Batalion - Living Social
  • Elliott Bisnow - Summit Series
  • Matt Curry - Curry's Auto Service, Inc.
  • Seth Goldman - Honest Tea
  • Michelle Lee - STG International, Inc.
  • Mark Michael - Occasions Caterers
  • Ada Polla - Alchimie Forever
  • Warren Thompson - Thompson Hospitality

Also during the program, along with the youths and NFTE teachers being honored (, entrepreneur, diversity activist and philanthropist Edie Fraser, of Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson, will be presented with the Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In addition, Rodney Walker, a NFTE alumnus who was featured in the highly acclaimed documentary, Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon, will give the keynote.

But the Gala is more than recognizing Washington's top business leaders, youth entrepreneurs and teachers. More and more leaders understand that NFTE is about job creation, dropout prevention and making learning relevant to our youth. By supporting this event, NFTE is able to provide entrepreneurship education to 900+ youth annually from low-income communities around the Washington, DC region. The funds raised also train high school teachers to deliver NFTE's specially-tailored, practical business curriculum to students in their schools.

NFTE is a world leader in promoting entrepreneurship and enables youth to achieve greater academic, personal, professional and financial success. And NFTE continues to receive accolades for its novel approach to entrepreneurial education. Recently, US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that "There is no one in the country doing a better job than NFTE." The New York Times published a Thomas Friedman article saying "the president should also vow to bring NFTE to every low-income neighborhood in America." In January 2011, The White House named NFTE a member of the Startup America Partnership to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of American entrepreneurs.

About NFTE

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship ( is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, whose mission is to teach entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities. Since 1987, NFTE has reached over 340,000 youth. Currently NFTE is taught by more than 1,500 active certified entrepreneurship teachers at programs in 21 states and 12 countries outside the USA. Since 1994, NFTE-DC ( has served more than 24,700 students and currently has 50 active classes this year in DC, Maryland and Virginia schools. Over 83% of last year's local students rank the NFTE program as more or equally important to any other class they were taking in school.

For more information about the Gala or NFTE, contact Julie Kantor, NFTE Executive Director, at (202) 215-6383; or Kate Palmer, Director of Business Development, at 202 467-6383; For questions about media opportunities, scheduling interviews or covering the event, please contact Karen Seidman, of Seidman Says Communications, (202) 364-8134; Members of the press are asked to RSVP to attend the gala.

Contact Information

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    Karen Seidman
    Email Contact
    (202) 364-8134
    fax (202) 364-0131