Two juniors in Holy Trinity High School’s Business, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (B-STEM) Honors Program will advance to the regional final of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) business plan competition. Holy Trinity is Chicago’s only Catholic school in the NFTE network.
Every NFTE student is required to create an original business plan during a semester- or year-long course. The business plan is the vehicle through which they demonstrate mastery of the entrepreneurial mindset – the way entrepreneurs approach and overcome challenges. By presenting their plans at business plan competitions, students have a unique opportunity to practice their public-speaking skills, gain professional advice on their plans from competition judges, and receive well-earned public recognition as well as award capital to invest in their businesses and/or their education. Of the 33 students in Holy Trinity’s NFTE course, four advanced to the citywide competition, and two will compete at the regional level. Natalie Nieves’s plan for her business, Debaters United, and Mason Baker’s Safe Ride business plan earned them spots at the regional competition.
Three students will compete in the regional contest on May 16, and two of those students will continue on to the national finals, competing against 40 finalists from across the US who won regional competitions.