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