Making it possible for young people to discover and reach their potential in education, work and life 

Cumulative Funding €1,035,000

Young People participate in The Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme every year helping them to unlock their individual talent and potential

Schools, Youth Projects and Community Training Centres participate in the NFTE programme improving the business, academic, life skills and aspirations of young people

Young people participate in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme across Cork

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Foróige was established in 1952 and is today the leading youth organisation in Ireland working with more than 50,000 young people and their families annually across all 26 counties.

Young people who are involved in the organisation develop increased self-confidence, resilience and a greater capacity to take charge of their lives and futures.

basis.point supports the National rollout and development of the programme through the involvement of basis.point volunteers and mentors.

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basis.point is a flagship funder of the NFTE youth entrepreneurship programme in Ireland and supports the national rollout and development of the programme 

Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme (NFTE) delivered by Foróige

The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Programme (NFTE), engages young people aged 12-18, in a transformative youth programme enabling them to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to work towards a better future for themselves and their families.

It is a cutting edge, world recognised, youth entrepreneurship education and development programme.

The NFTE programme is delivered in schools (with a particular focus on DEIS schools), youth work settings and community training centres.


The Programme

Young participants in the NFTE Programme get an opportunity to study all aspects of starting and successfully running a business.

The 40 hour long curriculum includes;

  • Idea Generation & Feasibility
  • Goal Setting
  • Business Planning
  • Sales and Customer Service Skills
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Financial Management and Book Keeping
  • Presentation and Communication Skills
  • Business Etiquette and Social Responsibility

While participating in the NFTE Programme, young people:

  • Study all aspects of starting and successfully running a business
  • Receive a seed grant to start their business
  • Visit wholesalers to buy their business supplies
  • Engage with entrepreneurs, business executives, community leaders
  • Visit local and national companies
  • Work with corporate business mentors
  • Sell their products at Trade Fairs
  • Prepare and present their business plan to judges at regional competitions with a chance to be recognised at the National Foróige Youth Entrepreneurship Awards

basis.point Funding Foróige

2017 - €120,000 

2019 - €202,000 

2020 - €30,500 

2021 - €270,000 

2022 - €412,500

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5000 young people participate in the programme nationwide and many go on to run fully fledged businesses.

180 certified entrepreneur teachers deliver the programme through schools and youth outreach centres nationwide


Programme Feedback

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The Foróige NFTE Programme goes from strength to strength.
This year almost 5000 young people will complete the programme gaining confidence, interpersonal shills and a can do attitude that will accompany them through life.

I can’t quite believe that I’m leaving Barcelona as the European Young Entrepreneur of the Year. I‘m passionate about my business.  Prior to taking part in the Foróige NFTE programme, I hid behind email and text messages when dealing with people, but now I really understand the importance of face to face communication when dealing with manufacturers, suppliers, and my customers and I don’t even bat an eyelid about it anymore.”

Feedback from Conor Stinchon, NFTE participant

Creating a culture of entrepreneurship among young people is so important and participation in a programme like NFTE puts the career path of ‘entrepreneur’ firmly in the sights of young participants giving them an ‘I can and I will’ attitude that is quite remarkable.”

Feedback from Sean Campbell, CEO Foróige

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