Young local entrepreneurs go national pitch

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Imagine participating in a Shark Tank-style pitch-off as a youngster, earning funds to grow your business and grow from a regional competition into a national arena.

The winners of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Mid-Atlantic: Philadelphia Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge Finals will do just that, taking their business ideas to New York City in mid-October to compete for the National Champion title and prizes among a group of $18,000.

Participating students pitched their original business ideas to a panel of esteemed judges. The first and second place winners, who will receive $1,500 and $1,000 respectively, will continue to the national championships. The third place winner will receive $500.

  • 1st Square: Aaliyah Taylor – AT Teen Publishing Workshop, Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship
    • The mission of A. T Teen Publishing Workshop is to help bring to light the stories of teens suffering from bullying, anxiety, or any other social issue, and help them change the lives of young people.
  • 2n/a Square: Bryonna Grant-Webb – The Vault, Propel Braddock Hills High School
    • The Vault skincare products are safe for all skin types and feature transparent labeling that provides a sense of security and confidence, while benefiting the body.
  • 3rd Square: Sierra Fisher – Sierra’s Fidget Workshop, Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship
    • Sierra’s Fidget Workshop offers school children the opportunity to create spinners, poppers and other personalized anxiety relief tools, as well as tips on managing their own anxiety. Schools and organizations can also purchase programs and tools to run their own workshops.

“Young people are changing the world, there is no doubt about it. We are very proud of each student and their commitment to entrepreneurship,” said Dr. JD LaRock, CEO of NFTE. “The innovative idea of ​​each young entrepreneur represents an opportunity to address key challenges facing communities around the world. We activate youth entrepreneurship, which is essential to the growth of businesses, economies and communities. »

The competition took place on June 9 at the University City Science Center with a panel of esteemed judges including:

  • Ryan A. Carrozza, Senior Manager, Assurance, EY
  • Curt Myers, President and Chief Operating Officer, Fulton Financial Corporation | Chairman and CEO, Fulton Bank
  • Tiffaney waters, COO, EducationWorks
  • Tiffany (Tif) Wilson, President and CEO, University City Science Center
  • Ellen Oiler, Senior Director, Corporate Finance, PayPal

The NFTE Mid-Atlantic: Philadelphia Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge was presented by Alcove, EY, Fulton Bank, Inspiroz and Santander, with exclusive support from DSA, Evergreen Apartment Group and University City Science Center. Associate support was provided by Alliance Bernstein, CFGI, Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg LLP and Mary Kay Inc.

About the NFTE

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) is a global non-profit organization that provides high-quality entrepreneurial education to middle and high school students from disadvantaged communities, as well as programs for students and adults. NFTE reaches more than 50,000 students each year in 25 states across the United States and offers programs in 18 additional countries. We have educated more than one million students through in-school, after-school, college and summer camp programs, delivered in-person and online. To learn more about how we promote inclusive capitalism and build the next generation of diverse entrepreneurs, visit



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