Native American Youth Entrepreneurship Program

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?

With the guidance of experienced instructors & Indigenous business leaders, NNI’s NAYEP teaches high school students how to build entrepreneurial skills and how to actualize a business idea. Learn more>

–Summer 2023 dates TBD–

Attendance for all 5 days is required

-DAY 1 Monday- -DAY 2 Tuesday- -DAY 3 Wednesday- -DAY 4 Thursday- -DAY 5 Friday-
What Is Entrepreneurship? Defining Your Product/Service Marketing &
Your Target Market
The Costs of
Doing Business
Speed Pitch

–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–

Technology 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
  • Word processing application to save and open Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, and Power Point) or access to the Google online suite


  • Must be a student in high school grades 9-12 as of fall 2022 (or a graduating senior May 2022)
  • Must identify as Indigenous and reside within the United States

Registration Fee: $50

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


Help build entrepreneurship in Indian country! BECOME A NAYEP SPONSOR

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, Mis Manos Montessori School, and the Association on American Indian Affairs.

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