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The Launch of ACE NextGen

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Our Mission

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Connect

by creating a vibrant community of entreprenuerial-minded Asians.

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Educate

by promoting self-learning and helping Asians develop to an entrepreneurial mindset.

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Give Back

by providing resources to support our Asian community.

ACE NextGen Board

Ian So   CEO Chicken & Rice Guys

Ian So

CEO Chicken & Rice Guys

Charles Shain   Founder Keyshore Investments

Charles Shain

Founder Keyshore Investments

Dale Ting   Founder Wild Ting Enterprises

Dale Ting

Founder Wild Ting Enterprises

 
Youngro Lee   Ceo Nextseed

Youngro Lee

Ceo Nextseed

Lavanya Jawaharlal   President STEM Center USA

Lavanya Jawaharlal

President STEM Center USA

Chewy Jang   President Kid’s Dream

Chewy Jang

President Kid’s Dream

ACE NextGen Advisory Board

Phillip Lee   CEO, Phillip Lee Enterprises

Phillip Lee

CEO, Phillip Lee Enterprises

Amrit Chaudhuri   CEO, Mass Innovation Labs

Amrit Chaudhuri

CEO, Mass Innovation Labs

Janak Sanariya   Adjunct Professor, Media Ventures Program, Boston University

Janak Sanariya

Adjunct Professor, Media Ventures Program, Boston University

 
Tuan Pham   Director, Anime Boston

Tuan Pham

Director, Anime Boston

Le Zhang   Ceo Squadle, Inc.

Le Zhang

Ceo Squadle, Inc.

Jeff Ching   CoFounder Mortgage Auction

Jeff Ching

CoFounder Mortgage Auction

ACE National Board

Andrew Chau   Boba Guys

Andrew Chau

Boba Guys

Bill Imada   IW Group Inc

Bill Imada

IW Group Inc

Tracey Doi   Toyota Motor Sales, USA INC

Tracey Doi

Toyota Motor Sales, USA INC

 
Jimmy Ferguson   Asian McDonald’s Operations Assoc.

Jimmy Ferguson

Asian McDonald’s Operations Assoc.

Shau-wai Lam   DCH Auto Group

Shau-wai Lam

DCH Auto Group

Wallace K. Tsuha   The Tsuha Foundation

Wallace K. Tsuha

The Tsuha Foundation

Our Story

A New Generation Blazing A Path Towards Entrepreneurship

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From left: Chak Fu Lam, Charles H. Shian and Ian So, three co-founders of ACE NextGen.

06/20/15


The ACE NextGen Foundation was launched on the evening of June 17th at Osaka, a Japanese sushi restaurant in Brookline MA. More than thirty young entrepreneurs attended the launch event to network and exchange innovative business ideas. Boston is the premiere hub for startups in the east coast thus it makes to headquarter in Downtown Boston.

The three co-founders including Charles Shian, Ian So, and Chak Fu Lam, have all founded their own businesses before coming together to form ACE NextGen. The trio met at the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) Boston Chapter. After founding the organization’s Entrepreneurship Committee in the summer of 2012 and presiding over the group for more than three years, it was time for them to strike out on their own and thus the Committee spun off into a full fledge non-profit in the summer of 2015, with the core mission and focus of promoting entrepreneurial mindsets among Asians in the U.S. in order to elevate their professional success.

In the ACE NextGen mission statement, the founders pointed out that there were hardly any Asian presence in the American leadership structure. Although Asians account for 5.6% of the total population in the U.S., less than 2% occupy leadership positions in politics, business, medicine, academia or even entrepreneurship. Just as Eddie Huang (whose unofficial autobiography was adapted into a TV drama series “Fresh off the Boat”) once commented, “people may not realize that the stereotype of being the model minority is in fact a negative one.” People are actually categorized negatively. Only by challenging the negativity associated with ethnic label can young Asians find their own path towards advancement.

The three co-founders hope to help break those stereotypes about Asians, give support to the Boston Asian community, and provide a united voice through their philanthropic activities such as education and mentoring those in need; thus connecting creativity and passion through entrepreneurship. Their ultimate long-term goal is to advance the overall status of the Asian community in America.


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