From June 7–9, 1000+ Next Gen-ers from across the world convened in New York City to experience the largest Summit yet.
This January, we proclaimed 2019 as the Year of Momentum for young entrepreneurs across the world. In pursuit of our mission, we set out to host our largest and most impactful Next Gen Summit to date.
At the time, we could not have fathomed just how special this weekend would be. Over the next six months, we pushed to curate the best leaders, speakers, mentors, and partners to join for NGS2019.
On the morning of Friday, June 7th, a mix of nerves and excitement pulsed through our veins. NGS weekend was here. Watching as our attendees lined up outside The Mezz for our kick-off, we could feel the power of the Summit building. The doors opened, and in came Next Gen.
From June 7–9, Next Gen-ers from across the world convened in New York City to learn from 150+ speakers and mentors, connect with fellow leaders, pitch top investors, and meet the people behind world-renowned brands.
1000+ participants felt the momentum of NGS, including Jesse Itzler (Author, Living with a SEAL), Brandon Copeland (New York Jets), Seth Goldman (Founder, Honest Tea and Beyond Meat), Maryellis Bunn (Founder, Museum of Ice Cream) and Ariel Garten (Founder, Muse). Attendees shared coffee with billion dollar founders and crossed paths with professional athletes before challenging the youngest elected official to a game of bowling. Entrepreneurs flew from Japan and Zambia and bussed-in from Phoenix and Richmond to arrive at Convene just in time to craft their momentum commitment on our walls. Over 2,400 one-on-one meetings were held during Next Gen Summit weekend, fostering lifelong relationships between mentors and attendees.
Young founders learned about Target Accelerator’s impact-driven incubator, while techies geeked out at Dell’s high-powered processors and finance gurus explored Brex’s corporate credit card for startups.
Our roundtables invited like-minded entrepreneurs to discuss topics from ‘Leveraging Your Identity’ to defining ‘Meaningful Inclusion’ under the leadership of organizations and officials like the Special Olympics and Alabama Representative Anthony Daniels.
Over two-dozen themed dinner cohorts, a Next Gen Summit tradition, met Friday evening to enjoy good food with even better company, discussing topics including podcasting, social entrepreneurship, and the journey of female founders.
Our PITCH! Competition welcomed 16 teams that presented to nearly 20 venture, angel, and institutional investors. Hush (Co-founded by Dillon Galynsky and Leny Prog) took home this year’s grand prize, winning an all-expenses-paid trip to Tampa Bay sponsored by Embarc Collective and a $1,000 cash grant courtesy of 1517 Fund.
Throughout the weekend, all present could feel something special in the air. This passion and energy are what we at Next Gen refer to as our ‘secret sauce,’ or in other words, momentum.
Thank you to everyone who made NGS2019 the life-changing weekend it was. We can’t wait to see you all for Next Gen Summit 2020.
To doing what matters,
Team Next Gen