Success of NFTE BizAcademies

Over the last week in July and first week of August, NFTE and the Center for Entrepreneurship teamed up to host the two-week NFTE BizAcademies. Throughout the two weeks, 24 students from the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester spent their time using the Center for Entrepreneurship and the computer labs in Sawyer, as they learned the ins and outs of entrepreneurship and got a taste of NFTE’s newly launched Lunchtime Speaker Series!


During the first Friday of camp, the students traveled to New York City for the camp’s annual wholesale trip:


Upon returning, the students hit the street for their selling event where they set up shop and sold products to the public right in downtown Boston! The week was capped off at the Fidelity building for their finals ceremony.


A special thanks to the 124 volunteers from Santander Bank, who helped make this camp a reality!

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Here’s what Jennifer Green, Manager of Programs for NFTE New England had to say about the BizAcademies:

We can’t thank Suffolk University’s Center for Entrepreneurship enough for hosting NFTE’s young entrepreneurship students this summer during our two-week BizAcademy, in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, made possible with the support of the Citi Foundation. The use of their state-of-the-art entrepreneurship space right in the heart of Boston, paired with the generosity of their staff, created the perfect environment for our students to experience our entrepreneurial programs at their finest.

The Center for Entrepreneurship Welcomes NFTE BizAcademies

Suffolk University’s Center for Entrepreneurship is proud to partner with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester to host two summer entrepreneurship BizAcademies for local high school students.

High School Entrepreneurship

NFTE’s BizAcademies are designed to unlock the entrepreneurial mindset in youth as each participant builds a full plan for an original business idea of their own. This summer, the Center for Entrepreneurship will host one co-ed BizAcademy focused on NFTE’s award-winning entrepreneurship curriculum, as well as the new NFTE Girls Empowered! BizAcademy which will also include themes of women’s leadership, inspirational female entrepreneurs as guest speakers and activities focused on girl’s confidence building. Both sessions will help students gain the confidence and skills needed to become the CEOs of their future. The award winning experiential program activities include group work, individual learning, field trips (including one to New York City), a selling event, and a business plan competition with more than $1,000 in prizes. Local business leaders and entrepreneurs will coach all students as they create business plans and practice problem solving, flexibility, collaboration, critical thinking, comfort with risk, and 21st Century workforce development skills.

The program will run July 25 – August 5, 2016 for students 13-18. For application information, please contact Santi Ayu, Education Director, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester,, P: 617.288.7120, Ext: 2321

About NFTE

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has taught and inspired more than 600,000 young people to pursue educational opportunities, start their own businesses, and succeed in life since our founding in 1987. By providing entrepreneurship education programs relevant to the real world, NFTE empowers students to own their education and future success. NFTE has programs in 23 locations and 10 countries. To learn more, visit, like NFTE on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at @NFTENewEngland and @NFTE