To Make Life Fun!
Owned and operated by Fresno State Alumni,
California locals. Go Dogs!
Calvin Kammer, CEO of Next-Gen Escape, decided he wanted to open an Escape Room business while he was pursuing his entrepreneurship degree at Fresno State. The first iteration of the business was called “Escape House” and has changed a lot sense it’s initial conception.
Fresno State was a huge contributor to our success. Specifically the Lyle’s Center hatchery, the Laval Mentorship Program, and the Coleman Student Fellows (Which is now known as the Johanson Student Fellows.)
It was at Fresno State that Calvin was introduced to Dan Carrion, Freddy Walls, and Zachary Villasana. All of which would become key players in the Next-Gen Team.
After pitching the concept many times, Calvin finally got a “yes” from an investor and an SBA loan. Unfortunately, the government shut down in December stalled the distribution of funds until the spring, but this letter from our investor foreshadowed our success!
We got funding, painted the walls, designed “Global National”, and shortly after finished construction on “Clancey’s Lodge”. During this time, we also built out the workshops for our corporate clients. However, we can’t take all the credit, as IMAGO helped us with the curriculum. (People say it takes a village to raise a child, but it also takes a community to raise a business.)
… and, oh yeah, We GRADUATED!
GRAND OPENING DAY! On Friday, August 2nd, over 130 people gathered Next-Gen Escape for tours, tacos, and two ribbon cutting ceremonies. It was great to finally share what we had been working so hard on!
One Last Thing
Throughout this time, Calvin has had unconditional support from his partner in business and in life, Kiara Hill. She was not as involved with the beginning stages of the business, but is now doing a little bit of everything, from Game designer to Lead Creator and Partner. (Not to mention Calvin’s Therapist when the stress of owning a business becomes too much.)
They have high hopes for the future and continues success of Next-Gen Escape!