Native American Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Native American Youth Entrepreneurship Program

 A 3-5 day intensive workshop to build entrepreneurial skills and gain real-world experience from Indigenous professionals

Are you interested in being your own boss and making your own money?

Do you have a product or service idea you'd like to turn into a business?



Transform ideas into a business outline by doing fun, hands-on activities
Learn leadership skills from Native American business professionals
Collaborate with students from Native nations from across the U.S.
Win gift card prizes & UArizona swag

DAY 1 Monday: What Is Entrepreneurship?

DAY 2 Tuesday: Defining Your Product/Service

DAY 3 Wednesday: Marketing & Identifying Your Target Market

DAY 4 Thursday: The Costs of Doing Business

DAY 5 Friday: Speed Pitch Showcase

Attendance for all 5 days is required

  • A computer or mobile device with a reliable internet connection (Note: Mobile devices (smart phones, tablets) are supported but may not be ideal for required assignments)
  • Up-to-date internet browser
  • Headphones, earbuds or speakers
  • Webcam and microphone  

  • Must be a student in high school grades 9-12 as of fall 2023 (or a graduating senior May 2023)

  • Must identify as Indigenous and reside within the United States

Application Fee: $50


SPONSORship opportunities

If you have any questions or disability accommodations (e.g., sign language interpreters, alternative formats) please contact us.

The aim of NAYEP is to foster skills to encourage private-sector development in Indian Country by teaching high-school youth the basics of economics, computer skills, strategies for success, and business-plan preparation.

NAYEP is made possible by generous support from the Udall Foundation