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Ethical Product Development

To navigate the complexities of ethical product development, it's crucial to approach innovation with a forward-thinking mindset driven by a cause or mission worthy of pursuit and investment.

NextGen has chosen their cause and is developing an AI-assisted solution for tackling mental health in social media - designed with Gen Z in mind.
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Optimism about the future is only warranted when we can objectively look at the past and choose differently for the future. Meeting this moment will require great thought, new ideas, and a shift in perspective and accountability.

2024 Startup World Cup Participant >

The Startup World Cup is the largest global startup conference and pitch competition where 70+ cities send their champion team to the San Francisco Grand Finale, to compete for a $1,000,000 investment prize.


St. Louis Competition:

  • April 12 – 26: 1 minute video pitches submitted on

  • April 26 – May 3: Community votes on pitches to select Top 100

  • May – August: Top 100 companies compete in 10 Semi-Final competitions

  • September 9: 10 Semi-Finalists compete in the Regional Finals at Pageant


The Grand Finale:

  • October 2 – October 4, 2024 at Hilton Union Square in San Francisco

  • 200+ investors & corporate executives attending the Grand Finale

  • 2,000+ attendees from tech, media, and global startups

  • Investment prize of $ 1,000,000 USD

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Arch Grants Competition Participant >

Supports economic growth and entrepreneurship by awarding grants to promising early-stage companies and providing mentorship and networking opportunities in St. Louis.

Applications: Feb 20 - Mar 29th

Finalists Selected: Mid-July

Finalist Pitch Day: August 6
2024 Arch Grants Awardees Notified: End of August


Mental Health Crisis, Social Medial and Gen Z


At NextGen we're developing an AI-assisted product to benefit Gen Z (and others) by providing an online experience for them that has never been made possible before.

Understanding Gen Z >

The Faces of a Mental Health Crisis

Few understand the extent of the mental health struggles of Gen Z, digital natives with online consumption of traumatic topics and experiences for up to five hours per day.

Facts about Gen Z:

  • Ages 11-26

  • 30% of the global population

  • 42% have persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness

  • 29% experience poor mental health

  • 22% have considered suicide

  • 18% have made a suicide plan

  • 10% have attempted suicide

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