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BUILD: NYC uses the power of entrepreneurship to equip students with the skills they need for success

BUILD: NYC shows students that they have the power to think creatively and make an impact on the world as the next generation of leaders.


Active students in NYC


Businesses created by students in NYC


Graduation rate (all regions)


Active mentors in NYC

Being entrepreneurial means being a problem solver, a critical thinker, a questioner, and a creative innovator. Our community of volunteer mentors guides teams of students through the process of identifying a need and creating a product that solves a problem.

This process encourages students to be decision-makers, teaches them how to prepare for challenges and persevere through failure, enables them to recognize opportunities and, ultimately, gives them the confidence to reach goals they didn’t think they could reach.

“I’m really grateful for BUILD. I would not have become the person I am today without them and I just hope more people are able to experience the experience that BUILD offers. BUILD is a family every young entrepreneur needs.” – Cynthia Piñedo


Student Sales Bazaar

WHERE?  Brooklyn and Manhattan

WHEN? April 24th – April 27th from 4PM – 6PM

HOW? Email

Over the past several months, student teams have turned an innovative business idea into a full-fledged business plan, which they pitched to BUILD Investors to receive funding. Students have recently launched their businesses and have been manufacturing, marketing and preparing to sell.

Each team will have a booth where they will display their products (similar to a science fair). Customers will wander the sales bazaar listening to sales pitches and (hopefully) making purchases. Secret Shoppers will visit each team just like a customer, listen to their sales pitch, make a purchase if they desire, observe any transactions and evaluate the team using the Secret Shopper Evaluation Form.

Business Plan Competition, Semi-Finals

WHERE? The Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan

WHEN? May 15th – May 18th between 4PM and 6:30PM

HOW? Email NYCVolunteers@BUILD.

Serving as the culminating capstone event of the 9th-grade year, the Business Plan Competition (BPC) is a showcase and celebration of all that students have learned while planning for and running their businesses. Teams will present their updated business plans based on Investor feedback, and reflect on lessons learned and their growth in the 21st century “Spark Skills.”

Volunteer as a judging panelist and support BUILD students by evaluating 3-5 business teams as they present their achievements and reflections from running their business. Award a spot in the BPC finals – June 3rd!



Volunteers are essential to BUILD’s mission to spread the skills of entrepreneurship in the New York community. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to be a great mentor. You just have to be willing to learn and lead.



Recognize potential. Be a part of a community that cares about developing the success of our future generation. Your donation goes toward helping BUILD: NYC to support not only our network of students, but also our teachers and mentors who make our hands-on learning program a valuable experience.



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