In an entrepreneurship competiton held at
The Times Center in New York City recently,
rapper and business mogul, Sean Combs,
aka P.Diddy was on ground to speak with
the participants on how to run their own
businesses and being self-made bosses.
At the event, which was created by The
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
(NFTE) – an organization that empowers
teens through entrepreneurship education,
four finalists emerged. The finalists are,
Juny Nguyen, Jesus Fernandez, Dagim
Girma and Toheeb Okenla.
At the end, Toheeb Okenla and Jesus
Fernandez, from South Holland, Illinois, beat
out 38 teen competitors with their
business plan for T&J Soccer. T&J Soccer is
a manufacturing and retail business that
sells soccer socks with pockets sewn into
them for inserts that protect players’ shins
during soccer games.
Meanwhile, P.Diddy after a private
coaching session with the top finalists
donated $250K to the NFTE group for
supporting teen’s entrepreneurs, while
Toheeb Okenla and Jesus Fernandez-Ortiz
were awarded $25,000 for taking the first
The 43-year-old music mogul said, “I
believe all young people should be given
the opportunity to be successful and to
pursue their passions and NFTE gives all
kids the tools they need to be the CEOs of
their future”
“Being an entrepreneur means freedom, it
means independence. It means being
invested and believing in myself,” he
Toheeb Okenla studied at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) College
of Business


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