2020 - 2021 Founders Forum


NFTE is proud to offer the Founders Forum and Showcase (The Forum) this year October 2020 – March 2021 to support alumni with viable startups. The goal of this program is to provide an opportunity for NFTE entrepreneurs to continue to advance their business, prepare for investment and connect directly with potential investors.


This opportunity will be available to advanced alumni with operational businesses or soon to be operational businesses that are ready to engage in mentoring relationships with Advisors and prepare to receive startup capital. This program will build a community of investors and businesses interested in engaging with our aspiring young entrepreneurs and create an entrepreneurial support network available to our NFTE Alumni at various stages of their businesses.



August 1: Application opens – www.nfte.com/apply

September 15: Application closes

October: Program Launches

  • October 27, 2020: Group Session 1: VIRAL Investment Readiness Session
  • October 29, 2020: Group Session 2 (with Advisors): Milestone Planning

November 5 – February 18, 2021: Weekly Advisor One-on-One Virtual Sessions

February 25, 2021: NFTE Gala Expo

March 18, 2021: Founders Forum Showcase


Program Structure

Criteria for Participation

  • NFTE alumnus/a founded or runs business
  • Age 18 - 35 on October 1, 2020
  • Availability to meet with coach weekly November – February
  • Availability to participate in 2 virtual events: NFTE Gala Expo on February 25 and Founder Forum Showcase on March 18


Application Process

All participants must apply and be accepted to participate. Entrepreneurs will complete an online application that includes details about their business operations and revenue as well as their “NFTE story.”  A panel of NFTE staff and stakeholders will select finalists for the Forum.



Alumni businesses are incentivized to achieve their milestones with $500 of funding awarded per milestone at the end of the program.


Additional funding may be available to businesses through event sponsorship or individual connections made through the event. There is no guarantee that a business will get investor funding though we ask all Advisors to be capable and open to the possibility.

For more info, view attached file.


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