Teeing up for success: Kris Hart '08
“It was a really hard decision to go from making a good paycheck to zero,” remembers Kris Hart ’08.
Why, then, did this Financial Services graduate leave the security of a full-time job at an established company to launch his own business? “At a really young age, I had an entrepreneurial spirit; I knew I wanted to control my own destiny.”
"At a really young age, I had an entrepreneurial spirit; I knew I wanted to control my own destiny."
Today Hart is CEO of Nextgengolf, a startup dedicated to providing college students and recent graduates (ages 18 to 29) affordable golf memberships, fitness-oriented golf leagues, and competitive tournaments. Traditionally, the young-adult population has been ignored by the golf industry.
Hart created Nextgengolf by acquiring National Collegiate Club Golf Association, the governing organization of collegiate golf clubs. He merged it with his original startup, CollegeGolfPass and secured a successful first round of funding.
His pivotal moment came when Hart won Bryant’s 2012 New Venture Competition. The victory reinforced his confidence that his business plan had potential for success. Two of the contest’s judges, Jay Weinberg ’85 and Brian Cowley ’82, continue to mentor Hart. “Jay is especially helpful with branding, and Brian offers fundraising advice.”
Their experienced counsel is helping Hart steadily move his company forward. All the evidence indicates Hart’s company is in full swing and proves he has the entrepreneurial drive and skills necessary “fore” continued growth.