THE FACES OF NEXTGEN: Stories of the dozen finalists in the 2019 NextGen in Franchising Global Competition.

Author:McKinnon, David

In the 5th year of the NextGen in Franchising Global Competition, welcomed 12 bright young entrepreneurs to IFA 2019 in Las Vegas.. It was another incredibly competitive year. We received more than 500 applications--across 75 countries--from business owners vying for a chance to be a part of this year&'s NextGen class.

I&'m excited to share the stories of this year&'s stellar 2019 NextGen in Franchising Global Competition finalists. Jeremy Hassell and Tim Butters of City Cave took first place. Congratulations to all!


Frutta Bowls (United States)

While on a trip out west, Brooke had her first acai bowl and the idea for Frutta Bowls was born. With the support of her friends and family, she opened her first store in May 2016 in Howell, N.J., at age 23. The Frutta Bowls dream started as a local idea with two locations. It has since grown into a nationwide concept, continuing to positively affect many lives along the way. Frutta Bowls sets itself apart by not only its commitment to providing healthy and delicious food, but also by its involvement in the communities surrounding each location.


Code Wiz (United States)

Ruth worked as a software engineer for tech giants like Microsoft and Kronos. Desiring to make a direct impact on the next generation and having a need for flexibility in 2017, Ruth quit her day job to open Code Wiz. Her vision was to have a center where kids of all abilities could rely on and learn about problem solving through coding and explore every corner of their imagination as they poured themselves into personalized projects. With her first center a success and a second one underway, Agbaji is looking to grow Code Wiz into a household brand name in the enrichment education space.


City Cave (Australia)

Recognizing the need for a health and wellness center that focused on longevity and total wellbeing of individuals, Jeremy launched City Cave. Since the opening of its first location in 2016, City Cave has grown to offer a combination of holistic and clinical services tailored to each guest&'s needs, and provides the ideal space for relaxing and meditation. From float therapy to infrared saunas and yoga, City Cave aims to deliver the perfect facility that adds years of quality life to those in the community. Today, City Cave has four locations across Australia, with plans to continue its expansion.


Core9 Fitness (Australia)

In 2013, Jason channeled his unique 15-year...

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