CHAMPIONS OF LOCAL GROWTH


We’re working with some of the best and brightest thought leaders and influencers in local communities around the country. Together, we’re collaborating to drive and promote growth from Main Street on up. NextSeed Ambassadors represent the best of what our communities should be, and they bring their experience, networks, and business savvy to the table to help other growing entrepreneurs succeed.


  • Thomas Nguyen

    Brand Boss

    Peli Peli

    Houston , TX

    Thomas Nguyen

    Dissatisfied with his career as an attorney, Thomas jumped feet-first into entrepreneurship and founded Peli Peli with partners Michael Tran and Paul Friedman. The acclaimed group of South African restaurants has expanded with fine dining, fast casual and on-the-go concepts, expanding to five locations in Houston and one in Austin.

  • Jess Hughes

    Founder

    Citizen Pilates

    Houston , TX

    Jess Hughes

    Jess founded Citizen Pilates in 2015 after seeing an opportunity to change lives through inclusive group fitness. Citizen is a fun, accessible and upscale boutique fitness brand with two locations in Houston. Jess has worked tirelessly to cultivate a community of “model citizen” employees who provide expert instruction during regularly sold-out classes.

  • Lily Peng

    General Partner

    Proof Positive

    Boston , MA

    Lily Peng

    Lily is a GP with Proof Positive, an F&B investment group focused on providing funding and financial expertise to F&B operators. She previously managed Strategy and National Growth for Caviar, a premium food delivery service acquired by Square, Inc. and was Manager of Restaurant Relations for the non-profit Project by Project.

  • Bill Bonhorst

    Co-founder

    Cinco TacoBar

    San Leandro , CA

    Bill Bonhorst

    Bill is a co-founder of Cinco TacoBar, an award-winning “next generation” taco bar fusing old-world flavors and modern approaches to sustainable and healthy dining. A seasoned executive, Bill has an aptitude for creating and managing processes involving people, operations and analytics.

  • Roveen Abante

    Owner

    Lincoln Bar

    Houston , TX

    Roveen Abante

    A serial entrepreneur, Roveen is a partner, operator and investor in several popular Houston nightlife concepts including Proof Rooftop Lounge, Lincoln Bar, and Virtue & Vice. In addition to the service industry, Roveen’s portfolio of ventures include software, web and app development firms.

  • Jane Ko

    Founder

    A Taste of Koko

    Austin , TX

    Jane Ko

    Jane is the blogger behind A Taste of Koko, Austin’s top food and travel blog. Launched in 2010, a Taste of Koko has been featured in The New York Times and O Magazine, and on the Travel Channel. Jane has collaborated with brands including Target, UBER and PayPal, and hosted the largest food crawl in Austin during SXSW with over 20,000 participants.

  • Joey Ngoy

    Restauranteur/Entrepreneur

    Creative Feast Group

    Los Angeles , CA

    Joey Ngoy

    Joey is the co-founder of Creative Feast Group, a Los Angeles based hospitality group. He currently operates more than a handful of active companies in the food, entertainment, and marketing strategy space, and he offers expertise in supply chain, events, digital marketing and social media.

  • Kingston Wu

    General Partner

    Proof Positive

    San Francisco , CA

    Kingston Wu

    By day, Kingston is the Chief Financial Officer and Investment Principal for a San Francisco based private equity firm. By night, Kingston is a GP in Proof Positive, an active investment group providing funding and financial expertise to F&B operators. The team has conceptualized and operated five restaurants, bars and lounges in the Bay Area.

  • Kim Korth

    Owner

    Edible Houston

    Houston , TX

    Kim Korth

    Kim is the Owner and Publisher of Edible Houston, a lifestyle magazine celebrating the seasonal, local food and cultures of the greater Houston region. Edible Houston is part of the Edible Communities network of 90 locally owned magazines. She has an M.A. in Biology and previously worked as a Zoologist for over a decade.

  • Vince Nguyen

    Owner, Partner

    Racion Restaurant

    Los Angeles , CA

    Vince Nguyen

    Vince is a partner in the critically acclaimed Spanish restaurant Racion, as well as a partner in the forthcoming concept Otoño. He is an entrepreneur and angel investor in the Los Angeles metro area with a background in electrical engineering and Medtech.

  • Abigail Diaz

    Founder

    Shop Girl Blog

    Houston , TX

    Abigail Diaz

    Abby turned her passion for travel and food into a Houston-based lifestyle blog showcasing the best in culinary and style happenings around the world. She is also a partner in Aces of Taste, a producer of unique food and drink experiences and pop-up dinners.

  • Bien Tran

    Co-founder

    Chapman & Kirby

    Houston , TX

    Bien Tran

    Bien is a partner in Chapman & Kirby, an upscale gastrolounge and events space in Houston’s EaDo district. He co-founded Hughes Hangar in 2011 and remained the managing owner of the iconic venue through early 2015. Bien is a litigator at Bush & Ramirez LLC and member of the Board of Directors of the Bayou City Arts Festival.