She took the top prize in NFTE’s National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge last October, an event sponsored by MasterCard. For her hard work and entrepreneurial spirit, she was invited to the White House Science Fair on February 7, where she met President Obama.
The president honored 100 award-winning students across the nation for their achievements in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). In his speech, he acknowledged Hayley’s innovative business idea, and recognized MasterCard’s contribution towards turning it into a business.
Hayley created sugar packets that dissolve in water, which is expected to prevent millions of pounds of trash from littering the planet. We congratulate her on a terrific invention that is helping save the environment. MasterCard is committed to helping young entrepreneurs like Hayley succeed, which is why we are proud to partner with NFTE.
The mission of NFTE, or the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, is to provide programs that inspire young people to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures. Hayley is currently completing her high school education and continues to work with her mentors to fully develop her business. We wish her the best of luck! Go Hayley, go!