Investing in the Future of the WBENC Network

NextGen is an outreach program dedicated to nurturing the next generation of the WBENC network – millennial and Generation Z Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) and supplier diversity professionals.

Throughout the year, the NextGen program provides targeted opportunities, education, and community building to help young women entrepreneurs and those who support them continue to grow and thrive.


The NextGen program hosts regular virtual and in-person programs and events.





NextGen Pitch

The NextGen Pitch Competition is an exclusive opportunity for millennial and gen-Z women entrepreneurs to elevate their business pitch. This multi-faceted program supports the next generation of women-owned businesses through pitch resources and coaching, promotion and exposure, and the opportunity to pitch and pursue business opportunities with Fortune 500 companies.

The program culminated with live pitches, feedback from the judges and the award of business grants for the winners.

Congratulations to our 2021 NextGen Pitch Competition Winners!

Check out the 60-second pitches from the original 76 contestants on the 2021 NextGen Pitch Video Showcase.

Program Details

WBENC launched the NextGen program in 2017, as part of our 20th anniversary celebration, as a way to nurture the next generation of women entrepreneurs and supplier diversity professionals within the WBENC network. Since then, we have hosted several in-person and virtual events and opportunities, including matchmaking, pitch coaching, education, networking, and community-building.

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Are you a WBE or Supplier Diversity professional within the WBENC network under the age of 40? Join our dynamic network of millennials.

Who Should Participate

As an outreach and development program, the NextGen is open to millennial and Gen Z women business owners, including WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprises and those not yet certified, as well as millennial and Gen Z Supplier Diversity professionals.

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