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Introducing the NextGen Business Initiative

USF’s Gellert Family Business Center, in collaboration with nonprofit organization InnerWill, has launched the NextGen Business Initiative (NGBI). The NGBI is designed for emerging family business members, ages 25–45, looking to successfully transition into leadership roles within their firms.  

The NGBI is a 9-month program. It opens and closes with face-to-face retreats and the cohort meets monthly for expert-led educational sessions. Each participant will be matched with a certified leadership coach. Between sessions, the coach will work with the next gen leader to identify goals, practice new skills, gather feedback, and make aligned choices to bring about personal growth and success. Participants will also observe live case studies of successful family businesses, hear from other local business and community leaders and connect with a peer group designed to sustain engagement post-NGBI.

NGBI Program Content

Focus on the Individual
Focus on the Family
Focus on the Business

NGBI Program Benefits

NGBI Program Outcomes

NGBI Program timeline

The 9 month program begins

January 22, 2022

The application deadline is

November 29, 2021

NGBI Program Tuition

NGBI Program tuition is arranged on a sliding scale, based upon your company’s annual gross receipts. Needs-based financial assistance is available to ensure the inclusion of participants from smaller family-owned firms. After you submit your application, we will arrange a phone interview to discuss tuition and payment arrangements.

Gross Receipts Under $250,000
Gross Receipts $250,000 - $750,000
Gross Receipts Over $750,000
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Application Requirements

Please submit your application by November 29, 2021

After your application has been submitted, someone from the NGBI will be in touch with you via email within 48 hours to schedule a phone interview.

We give special thanks to First Bank, WISE, The Carl Gellert & Celia Berta Gellert Foundation, and InnerWill.


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