2021 Highlights

The Native Youth Business Plan Competition provides opportunities for Native youth to develop skills, cultivate new ideas, and connect with Native leaders for support in turning those ideas into businesses.

The 2021 event built on the success of the 2020 Native Youth Business Plan Competition and was a collaboration among First Nations, American Indigenous Business Leaders, and The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED).

Finalists Competed July 19, 2021, in Las Vegas!

Again in 2021, teams of youth participants submitted business plans to compete in three divisions — high school, college/university, and tribal college. Finalists then were selected to present their concepts in the onstage competition July 19, 2021, at the joint AIBL and RES 2021 Conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada.

First Nations was honored to have assisted in sponsoring travel stipends and prize awards for participating teams. All finalists took advantage of RES 2021 workshops and business development sessions and received additional mentorship on their plans and presentations. Then, a team of four judges, including First Nations’ Board Chair Benny Shendo (Jemez Pueblo), evaluated each presentation and awarded final prizes of:

  • 1st place – $2,500
  • 2nd place – $1,250
  • 3rd place – $750
The 2021 first-place winners from each division were:
  • High School: Sovereign Schools (Fresh Fix Restaurant)
  • Tribal College: Navajo Technical University (Early Dawn Coffee)
  • University: University of New Mexico (Maize the Experience)


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