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Chicago, IL | November 14, 2019

Brian O’Connor Named To Crain’s Chicago Business 2019 40 Under 40 Class

NextGen Growth Partners, LLC (NGP) today announced Founder and Managing Partner Brian O’Connor has been named to Crain’s Chicago Business 2019 40 Under 40 class.

Since 1989, the Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list has honored 1,200 notable Chicagoans who have achieved extraordinary success before the age of 40. Past honorees include Grant Achatz, Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, J.B. Pritzker, and NGP Advisory Board members Mark Agnew and Adam Gerchen.

“It’s an honor to be recognized on this distinguished list of Chicagoans,” O’Connor said. “This accomplishment is possible because of the support of my family, team, colleagues and community. I am committed to the ideals of this recognition and will continue to build a strong company, community, and Chicago.”

O’Connor founded NGP in 2016. The pioneering private equity firm incubates talented entrepreneurs who acquire, lead and grow businesses across a variety of industries.

O’Connor is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at his alma mater, the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He teaches the Entrepreneurship through Acquisition course, one of the most popular and sought-after classes among MBA students.

Through his work at NGP and Chicago Booth, O’Connor fulfills his greatest passion of mentoring others. As a teacher, he counsels students on major life and business decisions. As Managing Partner of NGP, he oversees all investing activity and supports aspiring entrepreneurs and future business leaders.

O’Connor also shares his insights and advice with a global audience as the host of the Entrepreneurship through Acquisition Podcast, which explores all aspects of acquiring and leading small businesses. The podcast is available on all major podcast platforms.

The full list of 2019 honorees can be found here.


About NextGen Growth Partners

Headquartered in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, NextGen Growth Partners is a private equity firm that partners with the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent to acquire, operate and grow lower middle market businesses across a variety of industries. The team has a strong track record of creating value through growth and operational improvement in middle market businesses. For more information, please visit



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