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Native Youth Business Plan Competition – 2021


April 12, 2021

For the second year, the Native Youth Business Plan Competition is making it possible 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 builds on the success of the 2020 Native Youth Business Plan Competition and is a collaboration among First Nations, American Indigenous Business Leaders, and The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED).

About the Competition

The Native Youth Business Plan Competition was designed to help Native students increase their knowledge and enhance their business, entrepreneurial, and academic skills to prepare them for business and entrepreneurship opportunities in the future.

The competition provides an educational experience for students by learning the process of creating and presenting a business plan. It also simulates the real-world experience of entrepreneurs seeking start-up funds. In addition, students in each category – high school, tribal college, and college or university – compete for cash prizes.

The competition is ideal for Native students who:

• Have a passion to create positive change within their local native communities

• Have started a business or have an idea to start a business

• Are interesting in enhancing their conceptual, organizational, written and oral presentation skills

• Wish to demonstrate their ability to clearly communicate an idea to a group of experts and peers

How it Works

To be eligible for the competition, applicants must be high school- or college-enrolled Native American students who are ideally interested in business development and entrepreneurship, or who are involved in high school or college business clubs.

Applicants will compete in teams in three divisions: high school, tribal college, and college/university. Each team will submit a business plan created through the efforts of all participating students. From there, semifinalist teams will be selected to receive additional business mentorship and participate in the onstage competition July 19, 2021, at RES 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Apply here!

All teams must submit their business plans and required attachments via First Nations online application system no later than May 20, 2021, at 5 pm Mountain Daylight Time.

Key 2021 Dates

• May 20: Applications and attachments due

• July 19: Finalist presentations at AIBL and RES 2021 Conferences

Key attachments

• Tribal Documentation

• Parental/Guardian Consent Form

• Chaperone Consent Form

• Supporting Materials (optional)

Questions about the application process?

Contact Kendall Tallmadge, Senior Program Officer, at (303) 774-7836 or

Native students: Take advantage of this opportunity — We’re looking forward to seeing your proposals!


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