July 22, 2013
On top of all the fun that was had, the proceeds from the event went to the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). NFTE is a nonprofit that provides young people from low-income communities the tools to pursue entrepreneurship.
This is a cause that’s dear to our hearts, since we know how rewarding and empowering the startup life can be. And it’s getting even more attractive since the economy started to struggle.
“Young people face historic increases in joblessness, an unemployment rate that is three times higher than that of adults, and a rapidly shifting economy,” says NFTE.
To combat all that, they offer a variety of programs for young would-be entrepreneurs: hands-on classes for a semester or a year, a summer incubator, BizCamps to create business plans, and a national competition. Since NFTE was founded in 1987, it’s reached over 500,000 people worldwide.
NFTE is headquartered in New York City with offices around the country; last week, we got a chance to work alongside the team in Chicago.
“NFTE is thrilled to be the beneficiary of Tech Cocktail’s event. Tech Cocktail’s partnership and support is ideal for NFTE as we strive to connect our students with Chicago’s business and entrepreneurial tech community. Together, we are creating the next generation of entrepreneurs,” they said.
Thanks to everyone who came, and thanks to SceneTap for sponsoring (and RumChata for the drinks)!
If you missed this event or are just looking for more Tech Cocktail fun, be sure to join us for our Chicago Mixer & Startup Showcase and Cars.com Speaker Series on Thursday.
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