Posts Tagged ‘NFTE’

CEE Review: Corporations and religion?, Bhagwati and Easterly, Entrepreneurial hubs, and more

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

News and Opinion

Business ethicist Chris MacDonald reflects on the Hobby Lobby case and asks whether corporations can have religious goals.

Development economists everywhere: in Financial Times, a profile interview with Jagdish Bhagwati, who asks whether the “tortoise” India can overtake the “hare” China. Polasek-Albin-Man-Carving-His-Own-Destiny-(1907)

And in “Spare the Advice,” a The New York Times review of William Easterly’s The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor.

Mindsets in collision — bureaucratic versus voluntary-initiative: banning free food for the homeless.

A new study from Kauffman on how cities become entrepreneurial: “Think Locally, Act Locally: Building a Robust Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.”

Sarbanes-Oxley’s reach? “The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether prosecutors can use the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance law, which makes it a crime to destroy records, to target a fisherman for allegedly throwing undersized red grouper overboard.” At The Wall Street Journal blog.

Breakthrough in data storage: Sony’s new magnetic tape technology enables 185 TB cartridges.


In May, the Chicago chapter of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship is hosting Elevating Entrepreneurship Benefit. Check out our Kaizen interview with NFTE founder Steve Mariotti.

In conjunction with the Polish translation of Stephen Hicks’s Nietzsche and the Nazis, Professor Hicks will be giving a series of lectures this May in Poland at Nicolas Copernicus University, University of Casimir the Great, and Gdańsk University.

The image above (click to enlarge) is of Albin Polasek with his Man Carving His Own Destiny (1907).

See you next time with our digest of new and interesting items in entrepreneurship, ethics, and political economy. Here are the previous editions of CEE Review.

Kaizen Weekly Review

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Kaizen Weekly Review highlights activities of The Center for Ethics and Entrepreneurship and recent business ethics and entrepreneurship news.
: Virginia Murr


Lessons on Leadership from Mark Cuban
Not all of Mark Cuban’s bosses appreciated his ambitious, entrepreneurial nature — he was often criticized for it. Speaking about one of his former bosses, the billionaire entrepreneur states, “He was my mentor, but not in the way you’d expect. Even now I think back to things he did, and I do the opposite.” Read the full article.


The Virtuous Entrepreneur
Dr. Terry Noel gave the following CEE-sponsored talk on “The Virtuous Entrepreneur” at Rockford University. Noel’s research has been published in journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Entrepreneurship Education.


The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Celebrates 25 Years
On April 23, Steve Mariotti’s NFTE celebrates 25 years of programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures. For more information about the gala event, click here. Read CEE’s interview with Mariotti.


The Year’s 23 Most Innovative Startups 2013
Every year the World Economic Forum releases its picks of the top technology pioneers. According to the WEF, “These startups are expected to drastically alter their particular fields over the next year.” In previous years, successful startups such as Kickstarter and Foursquare were members of the prestigious list. See this year’s list.


Innovations in Payment Systems Helping Small Businesses
Gaps in cash flow “can make it difficult for business owners to focus on expansion rather than, say, managing payrolls or paying other bills.” This article explains how small businesses are making their cash flow smoother with innovative payment systems.


Marx’s Philosophy and the “Necessity” of Violent Politics
In this post, Stephen Hicks considers why Marx and Engels rejected achieving socialism by democratic and reformist methods. As Marx stated, “[T]here is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.”


See you next week!


Previous Issues of Kaizen Weekly Review.

Steve Mariotti on NFTE Europe

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Kaizen interviewee Steve Mariotti writes about his Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship’s programs in Europe. “Youth unemployment,” he says, “Is one of the biggest problems in the world. Its impact is particularly evident in Europe, where in November youth unemployment rates hit 23.7 percent in the European Union, and a whopping 57.6 percent in Greece and 56.5 percent in Spain. I believe youth entrepreneurship education can bring these horrible unemployment rates down.”

Read the rest at Huffington Post.

Related: our in-depth interview with Steve Mariotti.

NFTE Celebrates its 25th Year

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Steve Mariotti, Kaizen interviewee and founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), looks back at 25 years of inspiring young people to become entrepreneurs. Congratulations to Mr. Mariotti and everyone at NFTE!

Read the article at Huffington Post.

Read our extended interview with Mr. Mariotti here.

The High School Entrepreneurship Education Movement

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Steve Mariotti is the founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the subject of a featured interview in our Kaizen newsletter. At the Huffington Post, he writes about NFTE’s decision in 1988 “to move the lessons outside the classroom, into a sustainable model in the real world that could have far reaching positive impact in struggling communities.” Their first step was to start a Jersey Mike’s franchise and have the students run it.

Below are the links to the four part series at Huffington Post:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Steve Mariotti: Why Every School in America Should Teach Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Kaizen interviewee and NFTE founder Steve Mariotti writes for Time about the importance of teaching entrepreneurship in schools. For Mr. Mariotti, teaching entrepreneurship has four major benefits:

—Engage young people in school by teaching math, reading, writing and communication within the motivating context of starting and operating a small business.
—Teach young people about the market economy and how ownership leads to wealth creation.
—Encourage an entrepreneurial mindset so our youth will succeed whether they pursue higher education, enter the workforce, or become entrepreneurs.
—Make young people financially literate so they can save and invest to achieve goals like home ownership and retirement.

Read the full article here.

Youth Entrepreneurship in China

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Mariotti (right) with BESA winners

Steve Mariotti, Kaizen interviewee and founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), wrote about his experiences with young entrepreneurs at the Bright China Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (BESA) ceremony. “…These young people would most likely end up as low-income workers in factories. Through the NFTE/Bright China program, they were inspired to start their own businesses,” Mariotti said.

Read more here.

Related: “China’s Century?” by Michael Beckley [PDF].

Who’s Leading the Entreprenerial Resurgence?

Monday, November 21st, 2011

In an article for Huffington Post, Rieva Lesonsky credits Generation Y, which she dubs “Generation Entrepreneur,” for a major role in the entrepreneurial comeback of the 2010s. She cites Gen Y Capital Partners among organizations seeking to correct the difficulty Generation Y entrepreneurs often have in finding capital. The company donates $10 million to Generation Y startups, and gives some of its proceeds to Kaizen interviewee Steve Mariotti‘s Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

Read more here.

NFTE Program in Demand in Today’s Economy

Monday, August 16th, 2010

An article in New York Daily News covers the increasing demand for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) courses in our faltering economy. NFTE was founded by Kaizen interviewee Steve Mariotti, who states, “Kids are aware of how fragile a job is and they begin to think about how they could create a job if they had to.” The article also profiles several young graduates of the program who have become entrepreneurial success stories.

Shown above, NFTE graduate Steve Gordon, 18-year-old founder of TatooID.

Read the article here.

Read our full-length interview with Steve Mariotti.

NFTE Wins Award for Best Math Curriculum

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) recently won a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers for NFTE’s mathematics curriculum “Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future”. From the announcement: “Written by NFTE Founder Steve Mariotti, the curriculum teaches fundamentals of mathematics as well as comprehensive guide to developing a business plan. It focuses on critical basic business skills including business communications, negotiating, business ethics, social responsibility, time management, and goal setting.” We interviewed Mr. Mariotti for the August 2009 issue of Kaizen (PDF). Read the full-length interview here.