SEEKING YOUNG ACHIEVERS FOR FRANCHISE ACCELERATOR
17 May 2017 – Kiwi business owners can win involvement in a global business accelerator programme designed to help them grow their concepts through franchising
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Jessica Linnell of Mt Maunganui was working with Exceed when she won a place in the original Young Entrepreneurs in Franchising competition. It took her to Las Vegas.
An international competition backed by the Franchise Association of New Zealand is looking for outstanding young entrepreneurs whose businesses are poised to take off if given mentoring and support from some of the best franchise leaders in the world.
The annual NextGen in Franchising competition is run by Franchise Education & Research Foundation of the US-based International Franchise Association (IFA).
Winners will receive:
- A trip to the IFA Annual Convention in the US, complimentary convention registration and travel expenses up to $1,500 US;
- A spot at the NextGen in Franchising Summit, a two-day educational and networking programme for next generation entrepreneurs;
- A place on an Accelerator Programme with industry leaders and CEOs;
- An opportunity to compete for additional cash prizes;
- Extensive, industry-wide media exposure;
- Opportunities to engage directly with leading franchisors, franchisees and suppliers in franchising, and with other young entrepreneurs.
Applications are open until 1st September 2017 at www.NextGenFranchising.org.
‘While there are many entrepreneurial competitions and accelerators out there, NextGen in Franchising is the only one focused on helping millennial business owners grow their concepts through the franchise model,’ said David McKinnon, CFE, chair of the NextGen in Franchising committee.
‘According to the IFA’s Franchise Business Outlook for 2017, the franchise sector is expected to grow by $36 billion this year and we are excited to drive that growth as we identify up-and-coming entrepreneurs worldwide who are positioned to become the next big thing in franchising. This unique competition will allow NextGen winners to have the opportunity to meet personally with leaders within the industry to utilise as resources as they build their companies.’
The NextGen in Franchising global competition is open to entrepreneurs ages 21-35 with businesses that have been operating for 1-5 years. Winners of the 2017 NextGen in Franchising competition hailed from 10 countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Australia, Mexico, Tanzania, and Hungary, among others. In 2015, Tauranga woman Jessica Linnell of Mt Maunganui was one of the winners – read more here.
‘We are thrilled to be an advocate for the foundation’s NextGen in Franchising competition,’ said Robyn Pickerill, CEO Franchise Association of New Zealand. ‘The programme is built to open the door for outstanding entrepreneurs and potentially maximise the success of their start-ups and companies. Jessica has shown that Kiwis can be winners on the global so we encourage any qualified millennial to contact us for more information and enter this prestigious competition. We look forward to continuing to support the future of franchising and encouraging and educating young entrepreneurs about the opportunities franchising can offer.’
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