Take the next steps to business growth with the right partners
NextStep Studio supports selected entrepreneurs in Food, F&B and Food Tech, pursuing growth in China by offering stewardship, hands-on support, advisory board structuring, strategic funding opportunities, and a curated network of investors and experts.
NextStep Studio will deploy supporting services to help visionary startups in Food and Food Tech industries to grow.
Our team is working with professionals and future stars of the Food, F&B and Food Tech industries.
Understand what's happening in China
Our Startup Founders need advisors and investors to keep on growing, and we are counting on you to help us reach the future we have been envisioning.
An authentic, cozy Thai cuisine restaurant chain opened in 2011 and listed among the Top 100 Shanghai Restaurants list.
In 2018, Urban Thai signed a strategic partnership with a leading hospitality group to accelerate its expansion.
A next generation location-based entertainment business focused on VR, AR and cutting edge leisure technology for Millennials in China.
NextStep Studio helped to raise a several million dollars seed round investment in 2018.
On-demand drinks delivery in China in less than 30 mins till late at night using a network of affiliated bar locations.
NextStep Studio is currently raising a seed round of 3 Million RMB (Summer 2019)
URBAN TUK TUK
A successful and fast-growing Thai food concept focused on cloud kitchen and delivery in China.
We are currently raising $1 Mio USD to open 200 virtual restaurants.
NEXTSTEP STUDIO IS A LONG TERM, A STRATEGIC PARTNER & A MINORITY SHAREHOLDER
For the underdogs
We support entrepreneurs pursuing growth in China and beyond. We partner with the underdogs we believe in, and provide them access to a strong ecosystem, hands-on support, and stewardship, strategic introduction and business modeling, and create the pipeline connecting investors and entrepreneurs. We lead them through the next steps, so they can take the giant leap toward success.
Over $20 Million RMB Raised
Over the course of 10+ years in China, we have helped build a dozen business and also founded a few.
To date, NextStep Studio has helped to raise over 20 Million RMB ($3 Mio USD) of funding on publicly disclosed and undisclosed deals, we brought several strategic partners to projects and manages an elite portfolio of projects in the Entertainment, F&B, and FoodTech industries.
We know what it’s like to be in the founder’s shoes and respond to rapid market changes. We are committed to leading founders along the full spectrum of company-building and growth. To do this, our operating teams provide access to expertise and insights through a carefully curated network.
At NextStep Studio, founders can :
A Strategic Partner, but Minority Shareholder
Our business model is simple:
HOW DO WE DO IT
WE GET INVOLVED
NextStep Studio experience will benefit the optimization of your business model. Bringing our network and experts around the project will help you improve your business model to make sure we get the attention of both the market and potential investors.
With our help, hand-pick the best professionals and appropriate experts from NextStep Studio network to create the perfect board of advisors for your project.
We involve trusted partners to manage your admin, accounting, licensing, design, marketing, IT development and legal formalities so that you can focus on your vision.
Every step we take with you is designed to prepare you for the investment pitch. NextStep Studio works with you to define and develop documents and presentations that leave investors and partners we introduce you to be confident in your business scope and outlook.
CORPORATES & ORGANIZATIONS
LEARN FROM THE FIELD
Trends are changing fast and in China the future is already here. We assist Food Corporation from outside of China to understand what's happening here and where it is all going in terms of Food Delivery, Customer Habits, Food Retailing, Online Marketplaces, and overall trends and expectation, as well as new digital solutions. We source startups linked to your field in order to foster innovation and build collaborations.
Send your team and partners to the field in order to experience first-hand what innovation means in China. Meet with experienced professionals, entrepreneurs and cutting edge startups and see what you could learn from it to build the future of your own operations.
Test the market, create solution and iterate.
WHEN WE SAY WE ARE HANDS-ON, WE MEAN IT.
THE FUTURE OF ENTERTAINMENT
When PLANET O founder first pitched his high-tech location-based entertainment concept to NextStep Studio, it was clear he was determined to change the game in the industry.
NextStep's founder, Greg Prudhommeaux, saw great potential in this vision and served as a steward: identifying an investor, negotiating and finalizing a pre-investment agreement for acceleration, attending each strategic meeting or workshop, and advising Planet O's Founder on the critical business pitch. NextStep Studio's approach goes beyond mentorship, the team takes personal stakes in Pitch Deck Design, Public Speaking Coaching, Business Model Development, Negotiation Skills, and provides partners like Planet O with legal, IT resources. This bespoke methodology led to an important round of investment in 2018 to kick-off the construction of the first location.
A CASUAL THAI RESTAURANT CHAIN
URBAN THAI first location opened in 2011 and Greg Prudhommeaux helped to fund and developed the second location which opened in 2014. NextStep Studio's team got involved in menu engineering, events, and marketing. We especially worked on a new model to improve the delivery side of the concept. This spin-off was so successful that Urban Thai founders and NextStep Studio decided to create another company only focusing on delivery.
On the other hand, the steady operation and high brand value made lead us a strike strategic partnership with a leading hospitality group and Urban Thai became part of 15+ locations by the end of 2018. They will contribute improve the concept and open new locations in Shanghai and beyond and NextStep Studio will keep on supporting Urban Thai on future operations and new partnerships.
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