Starting a company is one of the easiest parts of being an entrepreneur. Launching that company toward scalable growth, however, can be an intricate grind trying to figure out what to do. Often this journey is lonely, but not anymore.

Our 4th Annual National Conference, Launch, will give you the foundation as you build your company toward sustainable growth. You will have access to an extraordinary mix of Asian American/Pacific Islander keynote speakers, workshops, panels, and a nationwide network of entrepreneurs who will share their expertise and experience. You will be better equipped to launch your company to the next level.

Late registration deadline is October 20.


Our Program


Oct 25

Houston Club

910 Louisiana St Suite 4900, Houston, TX 77002

  • 3:00 - 5:00pm - Inner Circles Session

  • 5:00 - 6:30pm - Women’s Initiative Fireside Chat ft. Chloe Dao winner of Project Runway Season 2 (this event is also open to the public)


Stratto 550

1415 Louisiana St, 43rd Fl Houston, TX 77002

  • 7:00 - 9:30pm - Conference Kick-Off Mixer



Oct 26

Asia Society
Texas Center

1370 Southmore Blvd
Houston, TX 77004

  • 8:00 - 9:00am - Registration / Breakfast

  • Keynote Speaker: Benny Luo

  • Networking Sessions

  • 12 Workshop Topics including: (Click Here for Detailed Descriptions)

    • Scaling Your Company Past $1M

    • Decision 2019: The Great Entrepreneurial Debate - Startup vs. Lifestyle Businesses

    • Steadying the Course: Improving Communication

    • Get Your Greatest Need Solved Now: Achieving Goals

    • Food Industry Insiders Panel

    • To Raise, or Not to Raise Capital as an Entrepreneur?

    • Personal Branding from Boba Guys Co-Founder


77 Degrees Rooftop Bar

2416 Brazos St suite 200, Houston, TX 77006

  • 7:00 - 10:00pm - Tacos & Networking



Oct 27

Ocean Palace

11215 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77072

  • 11:00am - 1:00pm - Brunch with ACE NextGen (optional)



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Chloe Dao

Winner of Project Runway, Season 2

Executive Producer and Judge of Project Runway Vietnam, Season 1

CEO of Dao Chloe Dao

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Benny Luo

CEO of NextShark, largest media hub for Global Asians

Founder of NewMediaRockstars

Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media

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Bing Chen

Chairman and Co-Founder of Gold House, a collective of pioneering Asian founders, creative voices, and leaders

Managing Director of a venture capital accelerator

Previously YouTube's Global Head of Creator Development and Management

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Amy Chang

Senior strategy executive with 25+ years of experience in publicly-traded and privately-held companies

CEO of Delta Nutrassentials

Investor of healthcare services, life sciences tech, and consumer health companies

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Dominic Zhai

Founder & CEO of Supreme Optimization, world’s top digital marketing agency exclusively for life sciences

Founder and host of the Why You No Doctor podcast focused on empowering young Asians around the globe to pursue unconventional career paths

Forbes 30 Under 30 in Marketing and Advertising


George Yueh

1 of 7 Peak Performance Strategists from Tony Robbins Companies

Sales mastery consultant to executives, managers and professionals in the areas of sales, organizational development, and the psychology of achievement and Peak Performance

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Courtney Pong

Owner of ComedySportz Boston

Led team building workshops and provided entertainment programming for Fortune 500 companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Brocade, Cisco Systems, eBay, PayPal, Nike, Intel, HP and Adobe



Youngro Lee is CEO and Co-founder of NextSeed, a community-driven online investment platform enabling investments in local projects by anyone, and NextSeed Securities LLC, an SEC-registered broker-dealer

Prior to founding NextSeed, Youngro was a corporate attorney specializing in private fund formation and private investments for 8 years at leading international law firms in US, Europe and Asia


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Co-Founder and Creative Director of Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, Ten Asian Bistro, BCK, and Miss Mini Donuts across Newport Beach and Houston

Bosscat Kitchen named 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America and Top 50 Whiskey Bars on Yelp in 2019.


Andrew Chau

Co-Founder of Boba Guys and Tea People USA

Inc. Magazine 500 Award Recipient


Rosalynn Silva

Director of Digital Advocacy at Walmart’s Public Affairs Group


Lakhi Siap

Founder of Chicago Asian Network

Over 12 years experience in PR, Business Development, and Asian American Outreach


Lavanya JawahaRlal

President and Co-Founder of STEM Center USA

Has been featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank”


Kevin Felix Chan

CEO and Co-Founder of Best Delegate

Program Manager at ACE NextGen

Active member of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO)


Ming Chou

CEO and Co-Founder of Nu Restaurants Corp

Has been featured on Fox, NBC, ABC, Houston Chronicle, and Eater

Conference Sponsors

National Sponsors

Corporate and Member Sponsors


Registered Attendees

(In no specific order)

Chewy Jang - President: Kid's Dream,
Chiling Tong - President: National ACE,
Grace Chen- Community Manager, ACE NextGen
Daniel Oliver - Business Development, National ACE
Juleen Wong - Head of Business Development: Food For All,
Le Zhang - CEO: Squadle,
Rita Ng - Owner: Boston BonBon,
John Victoria - Owner: Polianna,
Cheuk Shian - Partner: Keyshore Investments,
Elizabeth Yang - CEO & Founder: Better With Company,
Amy Chase - Founder & CEO: The Crescendo Group
Katie Nguyen - Owner, Pho Palace,
Bill Imada - Chairman: IW Group,
Anna Tsui - Life & Business Coach,
Frances Luong - Co-founder, Reverb Marketing
Roland Rasos - Co-founder, Community Warriors Group
CL Tian - Co-founder and CEO, Pinkoa
Annie Le - President, Networking Organization for Vietnamese Americans
Andrea Maeng - In Business and Life
Eric Lai - Pratico Goods, LLC
Jenny Kim - Bona Fide Appraisals
Jim Song - American KGP Inc.
Kelly Yeh - Juicy Creations
Linda Hsu - Eye Ojo Corp
Ray Chou - Mythopoeia
Van Trinh - Prisme LLC
Christopher McClendon
Nikhil Paul - We R Human
Steven Tso - Lyker Labs
Victoria Liu
William Chen - Kiwi Technologies, Inc
Aimee Chun
Carissa Chou - Madan Law PLLC
Jane Lim - Seoulside Wings
Jimmy Dang - JJ&H Investments LLC
Joseph Tung - Tung Law Firm, PLLC
Nga Dang
Stephanie Lun - Liberty Mutual Insurance
Thanh Tran
Tina Nguyen - TN CPA



 Workshop Details

  • Scaling Your Company Past $1M: Want to take your business to the next level? You have started it up, gotten some momentum, but now are spinning your wheels or want more. Entrepreneurs face similar frustrations when trying to grow -- plans don’t get done, problems don’t get solved, people don’t meet expectations. Sound familiar? This interactive workshop will introduce the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS), an effective set of tools for setting priorities, resolving issues, and holding people accountable to launch your company to the next level. The workshop facilitator, Kevin Felix Chan, will share how he has implemented EOS to scale his business past $1M and run two nonprofits simultaneously.

  • Decison 2019: The Great Entreprenurial Debate - Startup vs. Lifestyle Businesses: Create a business to change the world? Or create a business that lets you enjoy life? In one corner, representing the Startup party, we have Le Zhang, founder and CEO at Squadle, a venture backed AI technology company with over $14M in funding. In the other corner, representing the Lifestyle party, we have Dale Ting, founder of Wild Ting Enterprises, a $0.6M solo business that does everything from selling cleaning products to NFL football picks. Hear about these two different business philosophies, ask your own questions, do your civic duty and vote for the winner!

  • Steadying the Course: Improving Communication: Are you tired of small talk at industry events leading to awkward conversation? Do pitch presentations and meetings have you feeling like you’re on an entry-level interview? Did you skip past this intro and just read the objectives? Come ready to laugh and play while learning how you can transform the way you impact a room - using the same skills that sexy, charismatic improv comedians use.

  • Get Your Greatest Need Solved Now:  Everyone needs something: more sleep, capital for a new venture, mentorship, or simply new friends. Historically, Asians haven't supported each other as structurally or ritualistically to attain what's needed. Join this highly interactive workshop where we'll demystify how we can overcome our aversion to asking for help (and offering help) and get one of your own dreams solved, right on the spot.

  • Website Throw-down:  Want to know how to make your website into a lead generation and sales machine? Get a live website critique on your website to help improve traffic and conversion through UX, SEO, messaging, and more.

  • Outsourcing to the Philippines:  Virtual assistants can be a tricky thing. It can be a cost effective strategy or it can potentially be a money pit through miscommunication. Find out the pros and cons of  Virtual Assistants and how they can bolster your business if done properly.

  • Peak Performance Strategy:  Improve your performance by integrating a 3 step proces for creating lasting change. Clearly identifying what is holding you back from reaching your true potential by closing the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

  • Women Entrepreneurs Panel: Women play many roles in their lives and careers and have many unique challenges. Get inspiration at our panel discussion with three successful women entrepreneurs with very different backgrounds as we discuss topics such as family expectations, navigating a world that is majority men, and the struggle of finding mentors and funding. Learn from their insights and experiences as you build your business. 

  • Food Industry Insiders Panel: A 360 view of succeeding as a restauranteur/food-beverage business-owner from three different perspectives: differentiation, scaling, and staying power in a crowded industry.