12 October 2010

Vegan bakery wins 'Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge'

Nia Froome, a 17 year old student from New York, won the grand prize at the 2010 Oppenheimer Funds/NFTE Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge last week after beating 28 other young people from around the country.

Froome's business, Mamma Nia's Vegan Bakery began when she started veganizing recipes for her parents a decade ago, when her mother gave up meat after a cancer diagnosis. Further inspired by her mother's battle with breast cancer, Froome plans to donate part of her $10,000 grand prize winnings to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, as well as investing in her business and education.

In addition to collecting a nice sum of cash, Nia will meet with President Obama at the White House later this month, along with the other finalists.

Well done Nia!

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship


  1. As a vegan, its awesome that a vegan bakery won the award. However, as an animal rights activist I am upset that the funds support a cruel charity that tortures animals!

  2. @Anonymous - I was just about to write the same thing! How ironic that she is giving money to Susan G. Komen.

  3. maybe they were particularly helpful to her mom

  4. I agree. Her Mom was/is battling Breast Cancer. maybe, Just maybe, Her Mom received a Grant or some other type of help from the Susan G. Komen people. We don't know her reasons why she is giving to that foundation.

  5. Vincent, Again...10/15/10, 3:19 PM

    Also, lets be glad that this young 17 year old girl is even remotely interested in making others aware about Vegan options. Sure it's more than just eating Vegan but she is only 17. I mean, look at how many 17 year olds out there are still meat eaters? maybe given some time, she will research more on Veganism and realize that this lifestyle not only involves awareness about what you consume, but also involves speaking out against people places and things that promote cruelty to animals...