We are operations focused, but we know how to be creative. We take a hands-on, highly systematic approach to building companies from inception to exit based upon our proprietary blueprint that is derived from years of hard-won expertise of running, scaling, and exiting businesses.
We take our approach seriously. As current and former operators, our goal is not to purchase growth equity and accelerate its valuation. It’s to build brands.
We leverage our proprietary processes and deep operational support to build market-leading consumer product brands from scratch. We methodically evaluate, rapidly prototype, and systematically build ideas into market-leading brands with our own teams and core capabilities.
Our goal is to control multiple brands in different life stages, continually building value at each level from start-up to peak performer by leveraging our deep domain expertise, access to infrastructure, financial resources and talent.
We aren’t looking around the corner for the next big thing. We think it’s already here - and just needs direct application of our experience, patience, resources and proven insight in order to emerge, scale and exit.
At NXT Ascent, we create and build consumer goods brands.
Adam is a consumer goods entrepreneur with a track record of operating brands sold across multiple channels of distribution including direct to consumer and retail platforms. Prior to starting the NXT Ascent venture studio, Adam owned & exited consumer goods brands within the sporting goods & wellness industries.
This experience led him to help create NXT Ascent’s true studio approach to repeatable development of scaled, profitable consumer innovation. He has systematized the approach and provides the pattern that each brand should follow from ideation > validation > creation > deployment > scale.
Adam attended University of Wisconsin, where he was a 4 year letterman in Tennis while majoring in Advertising/PR. He lives in Chicago with his wife & daughter.
Since exiting the global marketing intelligence firm he founded out of business school, now known as Numerator, Jim has continued to be a devoted entrepreneur and early stage investor and advisor in dozens of companies. Through his journey, he has developed significant pattern recognition, learnings, and understandings on what is takes to succeed in early stage business. As a founding partner in NXT Ascent, it is Jim’s daily goal to steer the businesses under NXT Ascent’s umbrella to the highest probability of significant success.
Jim is a graduate of Northwestern and Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He resides with his family in Chicago.
Mike is an experienced brand leader. Early in his career, Mike handled both account and brand management responsibilities in an entrepreneurial setting at Pivotal 5. While back in school and after getting his MBA, he spent time working in brand management roles at SC Johnson, Tyson Foods, and Hometown Food Company. With both private equity experience and having worked at a Fortune 100 company, Mike has helped drive growth for both small, start-up brands as well as large, iconic brands such as Mr. Muscle, State Fair, Jimmy Dean, Pillsbury, and Hungry Jack, among others.
Mike loves brand marketing and is passionate about entrepreneurship. He received both his BBA and his MBA with a certificate in entrepreneurship from UW-Madison. Mike lives in Glenview, IL with his wife and 2 children.
Miriam is a customer service expert with a focus on operations, fulfillment and order processing.
Miriam previously spent her career at the holding company, Pivotal 5 where she worked within the order processing & fulfillment team. She has experience in high volume settings while managing order flow within multiple channels of distribution: Direct to Consumer, Consumer Retail and B2B.