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Franchising Demo Day X NFL Alums

Hosted by Gregory Ugwi & Mariyam Shamshidova
Past Event
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About Event

Retired pro athletes like Magic Johnson, Shaq, and Junior Bridgeman built their wealth through franchising.

During Super Bowl Week, come see the most rapidly expanding franchisors present their pitches live to former NFL players and multi-unit franchisees.

​The audience would get to ask the franchisors questions.


  • Kenyon Rasheed: former NY Giants running back, founder of athlete intelligence and digital advisory platform Edge3 AI

  • Brian Jones: Former New Orleans Saints linebacker, college football studio analyst for CBS Sports, and co-founder of Edge3 AI

  • Danny Kanell: Former NY Giants Quarterback, and TV broadcaster for CBS Sports 

  • Paul T Tran: multi-unit franchisee of a $15 million chain of Halal Guys, CEO of Pareto Management, a restaurant franchise development firm.

  • Kevin Burke: Partner at Franchise Equity Partners, a billion dollar PE firm investing exclusively in multi-unit franchisees


Pitch Format: 5-minute pitch followed by a 3-minute Q&A from the judges for each presenter. Highlight your story, brand, profit, and scalability to attract multi-unit franchisees or investors. Showcase your brand physically if possible. Slides are optional.

​​Here is a video from a past event. and another one

Location: Startup Vegas, 6543 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119


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