What is Next Chapter?

We are a platform that offers services and information to female-led businesses, as well as companies, organisations, and communities that support and FUND female-led businesses.

Next Chapter is a platform that offers services and information for female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses in Asia seeking funding.  Based in Hong Kong, Next Chapter is open to female entrepreneurs throughout Asia who’d like to fund their business dreams

Our goal is to become the leading advisor to female-led businesses and funding organisations on how women-founded businesses can learn about, gain access to and maximise capital opportunities.  

What we are:

Next Chapter is a platform that offers services and information for female entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses in Asia seeking funding.  Based in Hong Kong, Next Chapter is open to female entrepreneurs throughout Asia who’d like to fund their business dreams

What we want:

We are passionate about increasing the number of women being funded and becoming role models for future entrepreneurs.  We are driven to make Next Chapter an ecosystem for female entrepreneurs and business owners, investors, different sources of capital, mentors and advisors to work together to get more women funded and grow their businesses.

Our Mission Statement

  • Become the primary knowledge source of funding options for female founders and business owners to enable more women to be funded or access capital
  • Catalyst for bringing together the community to provide more capital and funding opportunities for women
  • Develop programmes and services to support female-led business before, during and after the funding process to maximise their success
  • Creating an ecosystem where female founders return for more funding and grow
  • Activate the female investor community to empower more women to invest in women
  • Provide insights and data to become a thought leader on female funding
  • Partner with female-focused networks to increase opportunities to receive funding
  • Promote stories of ’everyday role models’ of founders and investors to inspire more collaboration and funding opportunities.
  • Influence the investor language and landscape to be more accessible to female founders
  • Invest in female-led businesses

Services We Offer:

Whether you are a new company on the rise looking for crowdfunding to kick-start your business or an established business looking to grow and develop with funding; we’re here to provide all the steps, skills and support to get you there through our funding directory, crowdfunding platform, coaching, investor connections, and courses.

 

 

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WHAT OTHERS SAY

"Thank you for launching the programme; it has been really useful and eye-opening. Running a business I have been focused on how to grow the business and not enough time on the numbers which show exactly where to focus. The programme is instrumental for small business owners in understanding what you need to grow and find the right investment model that matches your business." ​ Marie Swarbreck Founder of FLEXImums www.fleximums.com
Marie Swarbreck

Marie Swarbreck

CEO & of FLEXImums - Empowering and connecting mums with companies

"We are very pleased with the Whizpa crowdfunding campaign on Next Chapter's platform. Not only were we able to raise more than the amount of funding we were targeting, but we were also able to generate pre-launch awareness of our product offering and even attracted the attention of media outlets such as the SCMP and the Standard. Nicole and her team provided invaluable support throughout, and our involvement with Next Chapter has far exceeded our expectations - thank you!" ​ Jennifer Chin Founder of Whizpa.com www.whizpa.com
 Jennifer Chin

Jennifer Chin

Founder of Whizpa - Find & review kid’s activities

"The Next Chapter Get Ready for Funding program provides preparation for entering the next phase of your business growth and readiness for funding. From the basics to more advanced concepts, the program allows female founders to gain support, guidance and insights into the next steps in their trajectory armed with the knowledge of how best to approach funding." ​ Sarah Garner Founder of RETYKLE www.retykle.com
Sarah Garner

Sarah Garner

Founder of RETYKLE - Buying & re-selling great quality baby & kid's clothing

"The Get Ready for Funding programme is unlike any incubator I have experienced. It is a highly immersive, interactive experience for founders and helps them grasp the workings of the funding world through candid conversations with investors, founders, legal experts and others. It is the perfect programme for first time founders who have launched a service / product and are now looking to scale. Unlike a lot of other programmes, it stays away from just theory, in fact, it focuses on real business issues such as knowing when to raise money, how to do it well and the financial / legal frameworks to scale a company sustainably. Not to mention the individualised focus and attention given to each participant by Nicole and team which makes it a truly valuable experience. Highly recommended!" Priyanka Gothi Founder & CEO of Retired, Not Out www.retirednotout.com
Priyanka Gothi

Priyanka Gothi

CEO & Founder of Retired, Not Out - Connecting retired professionals with flexible opportunities

"I don’t know how many crowdfunding platforms out there of which the founder would spend face-to-face quality time with you planning your campaign. Together. Nicole from Next Chapter did. It was a no-brainer for me to pick Next Chapter because of its clear focus on female entrepreneurship which I am totally supportive of." ​ Sarah Li Founder of HelloDog www.hellodog.hk
Sarah Li

Sarah Li

Founder of HelloDog - The Go-to-guide for dog parenting in Hong Kong

OUR TEAM

“I believe women are best able to understand the needs and problems of other women, and to come up with practical, innovative solutions. And I believe women can and should dare to dream big and make their dreams come true. So my dream is to create a place where women feel confident, inspired and empowered to take action on their business dreams and create thriving, sustainable businesses”  – Nicole Denholder

Nicole Denholder

Nicole Denholder

FOUNDER & CEO
The founder and CEO of Next Chapter is Nicole Denholder, an Australian who lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two children. Nicole worked in the capital markets group within PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Clients included global financial institutions and companies in the energy, shipping and auto industries. Her job took Nicole around the UK, Europe, New York, China, Japan, Korea, Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Hong Kong. With PwC, she moved to Hong Kong in 2003, and left the firm in 2011 to start a family. Nicole is passionate about female entrepreneurship, and changing the way the funding system works so that the world benefits from the so-far undervalued and under-utilised talent and wisdom of women.
Sophia Nazer

Sophia Nazer

Digital Strategist & Marketer
Sophia is passionate about entrepreneurship and using digital strategy to create great relationships between businesses and their audience. Starting off her digital journey by assisting in teaching coding classes for kids and refugees, Sophia soon discovered her passion for digital marketing and communications. Now focused on how to best utilise web design and digital marketing to improve businesses and expand opportunities for other people. Sophia now works to help campaigns refine their message and construct their pre-launch marketing strategy. She also looks after Next Chapter digital marketing strategy and digital development while maintaining Next Chapter's events, social media and digital communications.
Michelle Paisley

Michelle Paisley

Senior Adviser
Senior Adviser to Next Chapter, Michelle Paisley has spent her career financing, funding, analysing and investing in companies in both private and public markets globally. Michelle has made supporting women in business, entrepreneurship and in finding unbounded happiness and success in their lives a focus for many years. She is Treasurer and Board Director of The Women’s Foundation, and with her two female partners at SFC regulated CC Strategic Partners, raises money for institutional-quality innovative funds and companies from investors in Asia and around the world. Michelle is focused on leveraging new technology to reduce friction in the funding cycle for companies across the growth spectrum, and is dedicated to supporting more women entrepreneurs, investors and fund-managers achieve financial success.