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Utilize the power of the ACE NextGen community to elevate your business today


Inner Circles is ACE NextGen’s 3 part, 12 month annual program designed to get your business to work for YOU.

Inner Circles is a special group of Asian American Pacific Islander entrepreneurs supporting each other to grow our businesses to the next level. Each year, we aim to take on a select group of new members to ensure the highest quality of community.

Running A Business Is Easy When You Have A Community Behind You.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Minimum revenue $100k a year OR raised $100k
  • Must exhibit ACE NextGen values of Humility & Generosity
  • Experience in leadership/volunteer at non-profits
  • Serious about honing their entrepreneurship skills
  • Have vulnerability and humility to self-reflect
  • Financial:
    • $1,500 first year trial membership
    • $3,000 regular annual membership
  • Time: We ask all members to attend 10 out of 12 CEO Mastermind Sessions (2 hours/month) and quarterly training sessions (3-5 hours). Total monthly time commitment averages to 3.5 hours a month.
  • Commitment to Self: We ask members to show up with their most authentic, vulnerable selves to be able to get the most out of the program.





Membership journey


Part 1
Annual Plan

Part 2
Executive Coaching

Part 3


The Inner Circles experience kicks off with a 3 course orientation, training and networking sessions led and designed by academics, the premier AAPI business coaches in America, and renowned AAPI small business owners and entrepreneurs.

Anna Tsui

Anna Tsui

Bestselling Author
Business and Leadership Coach

Dave Casion

Technologist & Serial Entrepreneur

Yoon Lee

Columbia Business School
Director, Learning Solutions
Executive Coach
Certified Columbia Coach

Ryan Villanueva

EOS Implementor
Best Delegate
Crew's Consulting

Annual plan - methodology

For every entrepreneur there are two layers of issues -- business issues, and personal issues. Our approach will cover every angle of your business and every angle of your personal life to build a holistic plan that fully unlocks your power.


Why implement Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) in your company?

  • Vision: EOS gets you and your key executives -- the Senior Leadership Team -- 100% on the same page with where your company is going and how it’s going to get there.
  • Traction: EOS helps your Senior Leadership Team become more disciplined and accountable, executing really well to achieve every part of your Vision.
  • Healthy: EOS builds a high level of trust between Senior Leadership Team members, which creates alignment, commitment, accountability, and ultimately, results

Annual plan consultants

Our team of coaches will help develop the overall plan along with peer feedback, as well as our team of consultants who will help in specific areas they are thought leaders in such as a marketing, sales, operations, etc.

Ha Nguyen

7 Leaves
900 employees
30+ locations across 4 states

CL Tian

Power Networking
Serial Founder
Babson College Women's Initiative

Andrew Chau

Boba Guys

PART 2: executive coaching

After completing the annual plan, each entrepreneur will be assigned to an Executive Coach that will meet with the entrepreneur 12 times during the year to review progress, and setup deep dives for the mastermind sessions.

Meet our coaches

All our coaches go through ACE NextGen's facilitator certification training with 5-10 years of business experience as a founder or C-Suite Executive.

Ian So

Chicken & Rice Guys
ACE NextGen
Operation Entrepreneurship

Kevin Felix Chan

Best Delegate
ACE NextGen
Board Member

Ray Chang

Motorsports Lab
Real Estate Developer
TBT Tournament

Ray Chang

Motorsports Lab
Real Estate Developer
TBT Tournament

Meet Ray Chang

Mix the spirit of entrepreneurism, competitive nature of a basketball player, hunger of a Foodie, and curiosity of a cat and you get Ray! He’s the owner and CEO of The Motorsport Lab, a $13M Ferrari and Lamborghini Experience Company, and DB9 Ventures, a $3.5M Real-Estate Development company.

Ray’s focused on creating fun, exciting, and engaging businesses that yield “wows!” for customers! He’s one-of-a-kind -- always willing to help and connect people, and most importantly, talk about food and travel, especially to Prague.

Oh yeah, be prepared, he’s one of those people that love to use EXCLAMATION POINTS as he’s enthusiastically emphatic!

"I’m a good business coach because I enjoy listening, sharing, and collaborating as I’ve been through a lot of failures before achieving success! I’ve lost $50,000 in my first business selling Energy Drinks and made $13M in a Ferrari and Lamborghini Experience Business because I learned how to look at the silver lining in my failures and apply it in the future. A few of my favorite business principles that I practice are Servant Leadership, mentoring/coaching, and Traction EOS methodology. I’m also a single parent with my 2 adorable kids (Audrey and Eric) and understand the time constraints and mechanics of being an entrepreneur while raising kids and having a partner that isn’t an entrepreneur. Check out my personal website:

Meet Ian So

Upon graduation from Babson College, the top global entrepreneurship school in Boston, MA, with a Diversity Leadership Scholarship, Ian gained experience in the entrepreneurship world working at several startups. In 2012, eager to apply his entrepreneurial studies and work experience to real life, he bought a food truck on eBay for $19,000 and launched his food business, Chicken & Rice Guys. From that initial investment, his business grew into an annual multi-million dollar revenue company with 6 food trucks, 3 restaurants, a 10,000 sf full service food truck commissary and a full-service catering/popup division. In the first 4 years of business, Chicken & Rice Guys was the 9th fastest growing private company in Massachusetts and the 206th fastest growing private company in the USA.

Chicken & Rice Guys rise to fame includes numerous awards and publications in the media, most notably, 2017 Boston Business Journal's Fast 50 (Private Businesses), Boston Business Journal's Diversity in Leadership Award for Corporate Impact, Boston Eater's Hottest Restaurants of 2015, Thrillist's Best Food Trucks in Boston, Reader's Digest Nationally Top Ranked Food Truck, 3x winner of Boston A-List's Best Food Truck, and top rankings on

Ian is also personally recognized as a Boston business leader by winning numerous awards including Boston Business Journal's 40 Under 40, Mayor Walsh's Spark Impact Awards, Smart CEO's Future 50 award, and GetKonnected 25 Most Influential Millennials of Greater Boston.

In addition to being a business leader, Ian values being a community leader. He is extremely passionate about using his resources, knowledge, and experience to help others. In 2019, he founded the Chicken & Rice Guys foundation to expand on his company’s mission to “Do Good With Food.” The foundation expands upon the charitable efforts of Chicken & Rice Guys, which through the years, has donated hundreds of thousand of dollars of in-kind donations and tens of thousands of pounds of food to various local Boston charities including homeless shelters, food pantries, and non-profits focused helping low-income and underprivileged communities.

Ian is also a board member of the National Asian Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship as well as the co-founder of it’s millennial group, ACE NextGen.

Ian So

Chicken & Rice Guys
ACE NextGen
Operation Entrepreneurship

Ryan Villanueva

Ryan Villanueva

EOS Implementor
Crew's Consulting

Meet Ryan Villanueva

Ryan Villanueva is the Co-Founder and Chief Education Officer of Best Delegate Model United Nations, the world’s leading K-12 education company for learning Model United Nations. He has shaped Best Delegate’s strategic reorientation during the covid pandemic and developed new business lines in interactive virtual learning. Prior to Best Delegate, Ryan was a liquidity risk analyst at Goldman Sachs during the 2008-2010 financial crisis. Recognized as a thought leader in global citizenship education, Ryan regularly advises school systems, foundations, national governments, and the United Nations. In addition to leading Best Delegate, Ryan is an EOS Implementer and Executive Coach with Crews Consulting Group. Ryan discovered the book, “Traction,” and the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) because of his membership in the Entrepreneurs Organization. Within a year of implementing EOS at Best Delegate, he saw revenue and profitability grow by over 100%. Ryan has helped other businesses implement EOS with similar results. Through EOS and Executive Coaching, Ryan helps entrepreneurs and executives increase the revenue, profitability, and enterprise value of their businesses.

Ryan volunteers his time as a board member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO). Ryan has served as President of the Boston Chapter and currently serves as the Chair for Social Impact and External Engagement. Ryan is also the liaison between the Entrepreneurs Organization and the UN system, helping entrepreneurs create businesses that are both profitable, impactful, and mission-aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ryan holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Yale University and certificates from Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Meet CL Tian

Her latest venture, Phiex Technologies, a spin-out from her previous firm, is making sterile medical device manufacturing easier and safer in the US. She recently exited PINKOA, a boutique growth and tech agency that helped scale early stage startups, US subsidiaries, and small businesses through sales, business development, and marketing.

CL is an advisor to founders alongside business leaders such as the CEO of Talbots and former CEO of Reebok in Babson College’s WIN Lab accelerator program. In the words of one of her clients who is a founder, Pulitzer Prize and multiple Emmy winner, and advisor to world leaders: “Wow! You really do make sh*t happen.”

Having launched projects in multiple industries, she has honed skills at building productive relationships, growing one’s community of advocates, and establishing credibility in new fields with efficiency. CL has taught hundreds of innovators and entrepreneurs how to go beyond networking to benefit their businesses and careers.

Committed to giving back to the startup community, she serves on the Board of Advisors to Project W, a community for female entrepreneurs and innovators, and leads the Boston Chapter of ACE NextGen, the millennial Asian chamber of commerce. She received her BA magna cum laude from Wellesley College and speaks 4 languages including Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean.

CL Tian

Serial Founder
Babson College Women's Initiative

PART 3: monthly masterminds

Masterminds are the core of the service offered for Inner Circles.

Monthly meetings consist of 2 hour meetings where CEOs will take turns deep diving into an issue or opportunity using a special ACE NextGen meeting format.

In between meetings, coaches will check-in to explore meeting topics and offer help. Meeting attendance is required for 10 out of the 12 annual meetings.

Pictured: Inner Circle Group 1 Moderator: Ray Chang Participants: Ian So CEO Chicken & Rice Guys, CL Tian Founder Pinkoa, Jason Li Founder Net Acquisitions, Courtney Pong Owner CSZ Boston, Nancy Lee Principle Lee Associates, Aaron Jesse International Institute of Sport & Movement

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