Next Up | FEMALE FOUNDERS | July 29th



Female entrepreneurs are launching unique brick and mortar concepts around Houston, ranging from food and fashion to design and consulting. What exactly does it take to bring an idea to life and build a successful enterprise?

Join us to find out!  FEMALE FOUNDERS will be the 3rd event in the NEXT UP series from NextSeed, each focusing on a specific category of local entrepreneurship. This event will feature a pop-up marketplace, a cocktail hour for great networking, and a pitch event with an experienced panel of local business owners!

Women-owned businesses are a driving force in the US economy, doubling the rate of growth of the rest of the population. Yet, women face many more challenges than their male counterparts – not the least of which is access to capital.

Did you know that only $1 of every $23 in traditional commercial lending goes to women-owned businesses?

We believe that investment crowdfunding can help level the playing field and benefit local communities across the country. This event will focus on celebrating, supporting and shining a spotlight on the important role that women-owned businesses play in the local business landscape.



The Marketplace, 2-5pm

Come early and check out the pop-up market and shop with over a dozen local retail concepts – including the businesses pitching!

The Cocktail Hour, 5-6pm 

Engage with local entrepreneurs, tastemakers, and investors as we share some tasty beverages and lite bites.

The Pitch, 6-7pm

Our diverse panel of experts in the field will hear pitches from up-and-coming concepts. They will share their insights with our presenters, ask questions and provide advice on how to take their businesses and brands to the next level.

After the pitches are done, the audience will vote live for their favorite business. The winner will receive a pop-up lease at GreenStreet, a bundle of services from LegalZoom to truly put their concept to the test!




Venue: Main St. Studios at GreenStreet, 1201 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Date: Saturday, July 29th, 2017

Time:  The Marketplace, 2-5pm |  The Cocktail Hour, 5-6pm  |  The Pitch, 6-7pm

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Ashley RoseFounder | Sugar & Cloth 
Cecelia MarquezFounder | Saint Cloud
Cindy MarionFounderMMI Agency 
Nikole DavisFounder | Pretty Little Things 
Sandy Le TranFounder | Tout Suite, Sweet, The Annex
Vonn TranDirector of LeasingMidway



The pitch that receives the most audience votes will receive:

  • a year of mentorship from the panel plus a flexible
  • a pop-up lease at GreenStreet to test out the concept (including $10,000 in tenant improvement)!
  • a package of legal services from LegalZoom, including an LLC formation (Gold package), Estate Planning bundle, and a Registered Agent for one year.


The MC

Jess HughesFounder | Citizen Pilates 



Calling all retail brands!  Do you have what it takes to be the next big thing in Houston retail?  Apply to be part of the event by sending a short pitch of your concept to


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NextSeed is a community-driven small business fundraising platform utilizing the latest crowdfunding laws.  NextSeed is the first SEC-registered Funding Portal under the JOBS Act and closed the first ever Regulation Crowdfunding offering in history. On NextSeed, businesses can raise debt capital online from anyone while showcasing their business, and anybody can invest easily in local businesses.