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"Made in Los Angeles"/NFTE Greater Los Angeles--first-ever conversation to connect up-and-coming entrepreneurs with key LA business leaders

-Kickoff for Global Entrepreneurship Week, Entrepreneurs in LA Classrooms from Nov 18th-22nd, 2013-

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Greater LA will be holding their inaugural "Made in LA" event, a panel discussion among the leaders shaping LA's entrepreneur scene with their homegrown businesses on Thursday, November 14 at Cross Campus in Santa Monica. Top LA business entrepreneurs from companies like StyleSaint, The Honest Company, Kogi BBQ, and more will share their secrets for success and attendees will have the opportunity to personally meet and network with these professional business owners while raising money for NFTE in the classroom.

What's been made in LA?  In 1781, El Pueblo de Los Angeles was made on the banks of the Los Angeles River. Livestock and ranch life was the social/economic scene. 

By the 20th century, El Pueblo became the American metropolis known as Los Angeles.  The glitzy world of Hollywood — movie-making capital of the world, media such as television, music and radio were born. The booming industrial mecca of transportation: aviation, "Rosie the Riveter," railroads and automobiles grew the LA economy.

But by the 21st century, NFTE cracked entrepreneurship wide open In Los Angeles.  And since its launch in 2007 NFTE/LA has reached over 7,800 students from low-income communities with entrepreneurship education programs relevant to the real world.  

"Made in LA," Nov. 14th, is the kickoff event for Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov 18th-22nd, 2013) when top LA entrepreneurs will visit NFTE's twenty-one partner schools to inspire low-income youth to become CEOs of their own lives.

According to Executive Director Estelle Reyes in Los Angeles, "NFTE provides exciting and academically rigorous entrepreneurship curriculum to keep young people engaged in school.  Through experiential activities and real world business concepts, students develop skills that will be of great benefit as they pursue education and prepare for a career. To compete in today's economy, our low-income youth need to develop the ability to analyze opportunities and create innovate solutions to market demands. Through NFTE, we are teaching students to take an active role in our economy and maximize their future educational and employment opportunities.

"To compete in today's economy, our low-income youth need to develop confidence and create innovate solutions to market demands. Through NFTE they are able to learn the fundamentals of business while making great strides in public speaking, teamwork, collaboration and accountability, as demonstrated in the promising results of our recent NFTE Greater LA Impact Study by Blue Garnet Associates."

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship supports active programs in 18 states and 10 countries around the world. Entrepreneurs are a powerful driver of economic growth and NFTE sows the seeds of innovation in students worldwide. For more information, visit

Barbara Hodgson, Public Relations, 424-256-2909
Estelle Reyes, Executive Director, 213-241-9011

SOURCE Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship