Dylan Gambardella and Justin Lafazan have been working and growing together for years. Their entrepreneurial adventure began with the creation of Students4Students College Advisory, a new-age consulting agency that has helped over 100 clients across 4 continents gain admission to their dream schools. Students4Students created an on-demand marketplace for college counseling services, providing opportunities for college students to share relevant insights about the admissions process with prospective students.
Dylan and Justin later went on to launch the Next Gen Summit, a conference and an online/in-person community for millennial entrepreneurs. Next Gen Summit’s current reach extends to more than 200 campuses, 2,000 direct founders, and more than 20M online impressions. The most recent Summit event in June 2016 brought 500 attendees from six continents, 12 investors backed by $1.6B+ in capital, pitches from 20+ startups, 30 industry-leading speakers, 2.5M+ social media engagements, the #2 trending topic on Twitter, and more. Next Gen Summit has been named “1 of 5 Can’t Miss Conferences” by Forbes Magazine and “1 of 7 Best Conferences for Entrepreneurs Under 30” by Entrepreneur Magazine.
Dylan and Justin helped launch a charitable arm of Next Gen Summit, the Next Gen Foundation, which provides scholarships to youth interested in pursuing entrepreneurial studies at the collegiate level, particularly focused on those in underserved communities.