Capstone – Project

Empower Startups with Capital Through Venture Debt

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Project Synopsis

We are interested in following a model based in debt financing that will empower startups with the capital they need, while allowing Next Gen to amass a portfolio of early-stage companies. Our current vision is to provide startups with the cash they need, but are unable to find in the market (due to a lack of investor desire or additional factors). The goal would be to provide lower, more attractive interest rates, reasonable payback timeframes, unsecured loans,  NextGen as a result develops longstanding relationships with these startups, including repayment of principal, interest, and a certain amount of equity. The companies as a result receive the cash necessary to grow


  • Next Gen HQ
    • 530 5th Ave (between 44th and 45th Streets)
    • 9th Floor
    • New York, NY 10036



  • If successful, students will...
    • Learn the 'ins-and-outs' of the venture debt industry -- a rising sector of startup investing.
    • Explore what programs, firms, accelerators, etc. are currently on the market and available for startups, including which models are performing well and which are falling short.
    • Evaluate and measure a startup's willingness to part with equity for cash, which will be helpful in any profession concerning investing.
    • Contribute to a new vertical that may be core to Next Gen's future.

Project Topics

Growth Strategy

Product Design & Development

Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Sales & Business Development

Company Information

CompanyNext Gen HQ
HQNew York
StageEstablished Startup
Hiring PotentialFollow-on Projects, Formal Internship, Entry Level Full-Time, Upper Level Full-Time

Company Overview

Next Gen HQ is on a mission to help the Next Generation “win” at work and life. We have created a Leadership Development Platform called Momentum that includes the Community, Education, Resources, and Mentorship these young leaders need to achieve the success they desire. Membership is available to students and young professionals. Growing up, Dylan and Justin, our CEOs, felt a desire to live life on their own terms. Looking for direction, they started asking questions and seeking out peers equally excited about chasing their dreams. In 2014, they started Next Gen HQ to help those just like you and us - young people looking to design the lives they want to live. Nearly a decade later, we serve a community of over 600K students, young professionals, and founders. ‍ The journey wasn’t always pretty, but nothing worth doing comes easily. Pursuing your purpose is flat out hard. Though we - like you - believe the journey to be worth it.

Experiential Learning Program Details

SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business
Engagement FormatCapstone - Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in consulting teams of 3-5 directly with faculty and client liaisons on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.
Students EnrolledN/A
Meeting Day & TimeN/A
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours
Duration0.29 Weeks

Program Timeline

Touchpoints & Assignments Due Date Type

Key Project Milestones

  • October 14, 2019 - Entrepreneurial Financing Market Research

    • What’s types of creative investment vehicles are out there?
    • Crowd Funding vs. Venture Debt vs. Traditional VC Funding
    • What are the pros and cons of each financing model?

  • October 16, 2019 - Establish Plan for Debt Financing

    • What benefits do entrepreneurs need?
    • Why would this financing model be beneficial to entrepreneurs?
    • How would the debt investment need to be structured?
    • What legal paperwork is required?
    • How would this debt investment be framed/marketed to entrepreneurs?

  • October 17, 2019 - Risk & Growth Analysis

    • How does this model scale?
    • What are the risks as we scale?

Project Resources

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Industry Mentors

Company Admin

Dylan Gambardella

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Academic Mentors


Alice Obermiller

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Assigned Students

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