Ten9Eight documentary film star and NFTE alum Rodney Walker to deliver keynote address and inspire New England students to build better businesses and a better world

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BOSTON– January 7, 2011 – The next generation of entrepreneurs will convene at the fifth annual NFTE New England Youth Entrepreneurship Conference at Babson College on Jan. 12. In partnership with Babson, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) will host more than 300 enterprising teen entrepreneurs from schools throughout New England to inspire, motivate and educate students about business and entrepreneurship.

Who/What:Over 300 NFTE New England students and teachers will attend workshop sessions on presentation skills, product innovation, web marketing, and the importance of networking with NFTE alumni to learn helpful insights from successful entrepreneurs. Grant Gosselin, Babson’s Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, and Steve Mariotti, the founder of NFTE, will kick off the event with opening remarks.

When: Wednesday, January 12, 2011; 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Babson College, 231 Forest St., Babson Park, MA 02457-0310


  • 9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. – Arrival and breakfast in Knight Auditorium
  • 9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. – Opening remarks
  • 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. – Workshops is Tomasso Hall
  • 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. – Workshops is Tomasso Hall
  • Noon - 1 p.m. – Luncheon/Keynote
  • 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Student campus tours

Keynote:Rodney Walker, successful NFTE alum who was featured in the documentary film Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon, will deliver the keynote speech. When he was five years old, Rodney was placed in foster care and was homeless for a brief period. Rodney was inspired to succeed in his academic and personal life through the NFTE class he enrolled in at his high school, which led him to found his own company, Forever Life Music & Video Productions, an entertainment production company. Rodney currently attends Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Interviews: Media are invited to attend all sessions and interact with NFTE staff, teachers, volunteers, students, and alumni for interviews for interviews and/or photos.

Also Available for Interview:

Nina Velic and Belma Ahmetrovic – Successful Business Owners and NFTE Students – Beta Bytes

New England NFTE students from Hartford, Conn., Nina and Belma won first runner-up prize at the 2010 OppenheimerFunds/NFTE National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in October 2010, and were among five NFTE students invited to the White House to meet President Obama this fall. They also are both Bosnian immigrants whose families fled civil war in their home country in the 1990s. Nina and Belma’s Beta Bytes business is a foreign language and cultural-based computer repair service they started through a NFTE program at their high school. The enterprising duo took first place in the 2010 NFTE New England regional business plan competition.

About the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Too many young people today drop out of school 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 21 states and 10 other countries through our network of program offices and licensed partners. Entrepreneurs are a powerful driver of economic growth and NFTE sows the seeds of innovation in students worldwide. For more information, visit​.

Media Contacts: Alex Fencl, 214-414-3330,​

By Nancy Sullivan,, 781-239-4623 | 01/07/2011 06:00