...is understanding the unique values, circumstances and communication styles of iGen, Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer entrepreneurs - then matching, advising and funding them to launch and grow intergenerational startups.
Why does it matter? How we create and fund startups in America is BROKEN
According to Forbes, "80% of entrepreneurs starting a business fail within the first 18 months."
Angel investors prefer to invest in startups with two or more co-founders with complementary skills and experiences.
The problem is that most investors shy away from older entrepreneurs who are at the end of their careers, as well as younger, less experienced business owners.
There simply is no platform that matches younger & seasoned entrepreneurs to meet, get to know, and then launch intergenerational startups... Until now!
Starting a company with intergenerational co-founders yields many benefits: diversity of know-how, funding availability, uncovering market niches, anticipating costly pitfalls, and tapping into a larger pool of skills and experiences.
Start a company with a partner
twice (or half) your age.
Researchers at Duke and Harvard Universities looked at startups earning at least $1 million and discovered that:
- Founders’ median age was 39
- Twice as many were older than 60 as were younger than 20.
Research by the Kauffman Foundation found that:
- In every year from 1996 to 2013, Americans in the 55-64 age group started new business at a higher rate than those in their 20s and 30s.
In an analysis of billion-dollar startups reported by TechCrunch:
- Average founder on the unicorn list was 34
- Founders of LinkedIn, the 2nd most valuable unicorn in their study, averaged 36
- Founders of the third most valuable, Workday, averaged 52
Inspiring 4 generations of entrepreneurs to launch and grow startups together.
An international movement of 1500+ intergenerational entrepreneurs
*Registered Non-Profit Corp
Matching, advising & funding iGen, Millennial, Gen X and Baby
We need to match, advise and fund intergenerational entrepreneurs to launch and grow startups... together
Census Bureau data reported from the Kauffman Foundation and Brookings Institute state the number of new companies as a percentage of US businesses dropped 44% from 1978 to 2015.
"There are few mechanisms in place to facilitate a 'matching' process - to get the younger, inexperienced generations to meet and know the older, experienced generations."
- Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurs
Having an intergenerational team that fosters diversity in backgrounds, experiences and perspectives yields many advantages, like diversity of know-how, funding availability, uncovering market niches and anticipating costly pitfalls, and wider pool of needed tech skills.
MICHAEL KNIGHT - CEO, PRIME CAPITAL CONNECTIONS
"I would venture to say that 4GenNow did not drop a "Pebble in the Pond" in Denver, but rather a large boulder in a very large pool of entrepreneurial zeitgeist, representing the tip of the iceberg of what is going on in the startup communities in the U.S. and other countries as well. This was a renaissance of creativity, collaboration and impactful new ideas and inventions. I cannot even imagine how much better it will get from here!"
Gregory Zimmerman - Analytical Insider
"The 4GenNow conference is a productive way to bridge the generation gap and connect like minded entrepreneurs, investors and business professionals with vastly different backgrounds. If you’re an entrepreneur, investor, student, financier or have an idea or concept for a business, this conference is for you. Why network with one business professional when you can network with hundreds. I’m already collaborating with connections I met through 4GenNow and its only been a week."