NFTE World Series of Innovation (#WSI), presented by Microsoft, Calls All Young Innovators from around the Globe to Address Real

  NFTE World Series of Innovation (#WSI), presented by Microsoft, Calls All
  Young Innovators from around the Globe to Address Real World Issues and to
                 Compete for up to $10,000 in Cash and Prizes

Innovation Days to Launch Worldwide in September

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2013

NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As the school year gets underway, the
global non-profit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) kicks off its
annual World Series of Innovation (#WSI), presented by Microsoft, and invites
teams of young people around the world to think creatively and invent new
products or services that address every-day opportunities. Contending student
teams are encouraged to submit, in English, their unique idea and 60-second
commercial, in one of the ten challenges set forth by sponsoring companies,
for a chance at winning up to $10,000 in cash and prizes at

As a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 18-24)
(, the World Series of Innovation extends NFTE's message of the
power of entrepreneurship by challenging teams of young innovators to devise
groundbreaking products and services targeted at specific market
opportunities. Participants will be supplied with a World Series of Innovation
toolkit based on NFTE's award-winning entrepreneurship curriculum to assist in
the completion of their submissions.

"NFTE has been paving the way in experiential education, in and out of the
classrooms, by sparking innovation and entrepreneurship for over 25 years and
the World Series of Innovation is a key platform that amplifies our reach to
even more young people around the globe," said Amy Rosen, President and CEO of
NFTE. "We are especially proud to have Microsoft as our presenting sponsor
and to be working with an incredible list of challenge sponsors this year."

As the presenting sponsor of the World Series of Innovation, Microsoft is
issuing challenges for students to create tablet/smartphone apps and games
that raise awareness and provide solutions for common student and school

"Microsoft shares in NFTE's commitment to empower our youth to dream big and
realize their full potential and it is through this program we see students
thinking about how they can contribute to making their communities stronger,"
said Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft Corp. "We
are eager to see the tablet/smartphone app and game design ideas students will
come up with to help advance education. The World Series of Innovation is more
than a competition but a real life experience that these students can leverage
to kick start a career and transform their ideas into reality."

Challenge Categories include:

Howard G. Buffett Foundation's 40 Chances Initiative: 4 Challenges around Food
& Nutrition Solutions

Coca-Cola/ VEB (venturing & emerging brands): Sparkling Beverage Marketing

Pitney Bowes Foundation: Literacy Game or App

SAP: Technology Sports Challenge

NFTE in support of the Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment of the
World Economic Forum: Replicable Business Design

Additionally, NFTE in partnership with Microsoft, the Howard G. Buffett
Foundation, the Pitney Bowes Foundation and SAP, will be launching regional
Innovation Day events in many major U.S. cities where students, teachers and
volunteers will use the curriculum and innovation toolkit to select a
challenge category, brainstorm ideas and work to complete the World Series of
Innovation submission in one day. To find an Innovation Day near you or host
your own, visit:

WSI Submissions are due on October 18^th, after which the sponsors will select
the top 3 ideas in each challenge category. From November 11-24^th, the
general public will be asked to vote online for their favorite finalists in
each category to determine the winning entries. Winners will be announced
immediately following Global Entrepreneurship Week on  Nov. 25^th. The winning
students and their sponsoring classrooms, schools or youth groups will receive
cash and prize packages of up to $10,000 from the sponsors and NFTE.

For more information, visit

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Too many young people today drop out of school, cannot find good jobs, and
struggle to break the cycle of poverty. Since 1987, the Network for Teaching
Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has been inspiring young people to pursue educational
opportunities, start their own businesses, and succeed in life. By providing
entrepreneurship education programs relevant to the real world, NFTE empowers
students to own their educations in and out of the classroom and to find their
own path to success. Hundreds of thousands of students have discovered
opportunity all around them through entrepreneurship via thousands of
certified educators worldwide. NFTE supports active programs in nineteen U.S.
locations and thirteen countries around the world. Entrepreneurs are a
powerful driver of economic growth and NFTE sows the seeds of innovation in
students worldwide. To learn more, visit, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at @NFTE.

CONTACT: Alyssa Miller, 1-973-615-1292

SOURCE Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

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