First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), in partnership with The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is proud to announce a Native Youth Business Plan Competition to be held in conjunction with the Reservation Economic Summit (RES2022). The competition will consist of two divisions: high school and college/university. Business plan applications will be due by April 18, 2022, and 10 semifinalist teams (five per division) will be selected to receive additional business mentorship and participate in the competition in-person or virtually on May 23, 2022, at RES 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Business Plan Competition is an opportunity for students to increase their knowledge and enhance their business, entrepreneurial, and academic experience. The goal is to prepare students for business and entrepreneurship opportunities in the future.
The competition is intended to provide an educational experience for students by learning the process of creating and presenting a business plan. Each business plan will be created through the efforts of all participating students. With the guidance of business mentors, teams will receive feedback to strengthen their business plan proposals and develop pitches for team presentations at the 2022 RES Summit. Business Plan Competition teams are under no obligation to implement their plans.
Through the generous support of 2022 conference sponsors, the Business Plan Competition will recognize competition winners with cash and in-kind awards.
Students in each category – high school and college/university – compete for cash prizes:
- 1stplace – $2,500
- 2ndplace – $1,250
- 3rdplace – $750
About First Nations Development Institute
For 41 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.
About National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 50 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.ncaied.org.