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Trailblazing Young Innovators Announced For NFTE World Series Of Innovation, Presented By Microsoft

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to a close, a bevy of trailblazing young innovators emerge. The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an international non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring young people from at-risk communities to stay in school and to recognize business opportunities, today announced the winners of the 2012 World Series of Innovation, presented by Microsoft.  The competition challenged teams of students worldwide to devise innovative products and services that address everyday opportunities in six categories.  Categories included "Tablet/Smartphone Game Design," "Tablet / Smartphone App Design," "Dairy Based Beverage," "New Franchise Idea," "Innovative Fashion Marketing" and finally by NFTE in support of the First Lady's "Let's Move!" program: "Fresh Take On Fitness."  With over 750 individual entries, three finalists were chosen.  Judges from the sponsoring organization selected one winning team from each category for the Adjudicator's Choice. In addition the general public with thousands of online votes cast awarded one team from each category for the People's Choice.   Winners include:

"Tablet/Smartphone Game Design" and Tablet/Smartphone App Design" categories, both sponsored Microsoft: ADJUDICATOR'S CHOICE: Where's My Bus, Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, MD   PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Fantasy Academia , Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, MD ADJUDICATOR'S & PEOPLE'S CHOICE:   Envision,   Springbrook High School, Silver Spring, MD  

"Dairy Based Beverage" category, sponsored by  The Coca-Cola Company; Venture and Emerging Brands ADJUDICATOR'S CHOICE: Tropicoco, Pathways Academy of Technology & Design, Hartford, CT PEOPLE'S CHOICE Tapi-Pops, Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland, CA 

"New Franchise Idea" category, sponsored by  Franchise Source Brands International: ADJUDICATOR'S CHOICE:   Hi-Tide Meltdown, Miami Beach Senior High School, Miami Beach, FL PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Seven Seasonings, Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford, CT

"Innovative Fashion Marketing" category, sponsored by Sean John: ADJUDICATOR'S CHOICE:  Furie, Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Chicago, IL  PEOPLE'S CHOICE: Virtual Closet, Lighthouse Community Charter School, Oakland, CA 

"Fresh Take On Fitness" category, issued by NFTE in support of the  First Lady's "Let's Move" program: ADJUDICATOR'S CHOICE:  GoBanz, Academy of Information Technology & Engineering, Stamford, CT    PEOPLE'S CHOICE: WePlay , Coral Gables Senior High School, Coral Gables, FL    

"We are proud to extend NFTE's message of the power of entrepreneurship education and the importance of innovation by challenging and awarding these extraordinary winners," said Amy Rosen, President and CEO of NFTE.  "We look forward to possibly seeing these exciting businesses come to life, and to providing ongoing encouragement to young people around the globe to pursue the endless entrepreneurial opportunities that lie ahead."

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