NextGenVest, Founder & CEO, Kelly Peeler

Kelly Peeler

Founder & CEO

Kelly Peeler is the founder of, the most convenient way for students to make money decisions, starting with paying for college. Students are partnered with a "Money Mentor" over text message and can get help 24/7. As of 2015, $2.7 billion went unclaimed in free federal aid for college because students don't fill out the appropriate forms. NextGenVest has helped thousands of students across 40 states save thousands of dollars by making this process easier. Prior to starting NextGenVest, Kelly was an analyst within JPMorgan's Investment Bank covering financial institutions and also as a financial advisor building $100 million investment portfolios for private equity clients. Alongside her time at JPMorgan, she ran Business Across Borders, a nonprofit that brings entrepreneurship programs to Iraqi Universities (after she traveled to Iraq).

As a student at Harvard University, Kelly studied the history of financial crises, created the first collegiate website for financial crises, started the National Women in Business Summit for top female leaders around the world, and was the Varsity Captain of the Women's Water Polo Team. She was selected as one of the eight Kauffman Foundation Global Scholars, accepted as one of 30 up-and-coming women in Women In America, named by Goldman Sachs as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, named a White House #‎StartTheSpark Ambassador, and has been featured on CNN, CNBC, NBC, Seventeen, Huffington Post, Vice, and TechCrunch. Her TED Talk is entitled "How to Change the World as a Millennial."