On April 13th, Chapman & Kirby opened up its doors and welcomed NextSeed in to host our second Next Up event, Next Up: The EaDo Edition. As guests arrived, they got a sneak peek at the soon-to-open gastrolounge committed to honoring the neighborhood’s history and bringing people back into East Downtown.
Guests enjoyed cocktails from the bar and light bites from Flip’n Patties before taking their seats for the presentations. One by one, up-and-coming entrepreneurs pitched their business concepts to a panel of experts who asked them questions and provided them with helpful feedback to grow their businesses. Our audience got a rare chance to see inside the entrepreneurial process and vote on their favorite pitch.
After the presentations were finished, guests mixed and mingled with each other and our business owners.
The winner, SOTAH Systems, will receive a year of mentorship from our esteemed panel.
A huge shout out to our panelists and presenters for sharing their ideas and their time with our community!
Ashley Williams, Owner, The League: Elite Training Facility
Bien Tran, Owner, Chapman & Kirby
Jonathan Brinsden, CEO Midway Companies
Peter Licata, Headquarters
Department Of – A mixed coffee, yoga, and community concept
HTX made – Locally made, custom-designed furniture
Flip ‘n Patties – Filipino fusion food truck
SOTAH – Smarter apartments, happier residents