MTV and the White House Support Young Entrepreneurs for National Entrepreneurship Month

December 1, 2011 at 4:57 pm 3 comments

Scott Gerber Welcomes Young Entrepreneurs

The entertainment industry and Washington love each other, but, now it’s starting earlier.  MTV’s Sway Calloway – who started his own record label among other entrepreneurial ventures – moderated a panel of rockstars this past Monday at the White House. But these were young rockstar entrepreneurs Tina Wells, Alexis Ohanian and Nick Friedman sharing their business-building experiences.

In addition social entrepreneur Scott Gerber, founder of  the Young Entrepreneur Council, made welcoming remarks and

Also in attendance were 150 entrepreneurially-minded high school and college students,  Jeff Hoffman, founder of Priceline, and Dina Kaplan, Founder of who emphasized the importance of mentors.

Presidential Proclamation

The event was in celebration of National Entrepreneurship Month.

Discussion Questions

1. In Module 3 of the Entrepreneur in the Classroom free curriculum the last section is “Become familiar with agencies and their relationship to a business and its owner.” In this case, the White House is one such agency. Discuss the way in which the White House is providing a service to current and future small business owners through this event.

2. (Additional / Advanced). Read this article about the event in Portfolio.  As opposed to a “one way” interaction (the White House providing a service or venue to current and future small business owners), what “two way” interaction did director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson hope for? How might this two-way interaction be different than, say, the small business environment of 10 years ago?

Related: MTV Event Link

More information

Know a Young Entrepreneur? Nominate them here.

The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization promoting the importance of small business and free enterprise to the nation’s youth. More information is available at  The Foundation is associated with the National Federation of Independent Business; NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals.

Entrepreneur In The Classroom. The NFIB Young Entrepreneur Foundation Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom (EITC) supplemental curriculum exposes students to entrepreneurship and the necessary steps to take an idea and turn it into a business. The free curriculum can be integrated into classes teaching a variety of subjects including music, art, fashion, business and many more. You must be registered to view the full Entrepreneur-in-the-Classroom curriculum.

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