The IFA Franchise Education & Research Foundation announced today the winnerNextgen International Franchising Awards of its 2017 FRANSHARK competition, sponsored by the Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation and SUBWAY®, which was held at the International Franchise Association 57th Annual Convention in Las Vegas. The four international franchising award winners hailed from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia — were selected by a panel of judges from 18 winners of the NextGen in Franchising Global Competition, which engages young entrepreneurs seeking careers and business opportunities in the franchising industry.

“The millennial generation is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, and we are thrilled to introduce such impressive young businessmen and women to the wealth of opportunity that awaits them in the franchising industry,” said David McKinnon, CFE, Foundation vice chair and chairman of the NextGen in Franchising Committee. “While the competition was steep, each of this year’s FRANSHARK winners displayed exceptional business acumen and showcased the immense potential for success of each of their business concepts. We have no doubt that their futures are bright, and look forward to providing them with unwavering support as they continue grow into the leaders of tomorrow.”

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