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IFA’s NextGen Program Goes Live


It’s time once again for one of the very best things in all of franchising: IFA’s fantastic NextGen in Franchising Global Competition is now accepting applicants for the next crop of industry leaders who need a boost in bringing their great idea to market via franchising.

Why should you care about the NextGen program? First of all, our industry is lucky to have it. Like many business sectors, franchising is not nearly as diverse as our country—and diversity is a great way to show the power of franchising for changing people’s lives.

Compared with franchisees who got their start through the generous help of parents, there are significant numbers of people with a much more complex, difficult journey in this business: immigrants who worked hard to build their own business, young people who saved for down payments rather than “gap year” adventures, hard working parents that juggled youngsters and operations down at the store or restaurant.

Entrepreneurs between 21-35 years old who’ve been in business for 1-5 years with potential to scale through franchising are encouraged to apply. The deadline is September 1, 2017, and winners will be notified in October and must attend the IFA’s convention in Phoenix from Feb. 10-13, 2018.

The IFA’s NextGen program is one of the greatest things about this industry, and a great way to mentor a new generation that’s not burdened by the hang ups and restrictions that older folks might have. NextGen isn’t just a good thing for the winners, it’s a good thing for anyone who chooses to be a part of this remarkable experiment in cross-generational networking and mentorship.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this program. If the past three NextGen programs are any indication, every one of these “kids” had an incredible story to share.

More information on the program, including the link to enter, is available HERE.

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