Critical things to know:
You are applying to the 6th The Lion’s Den event. April 6th 2017 is the 2nd annual event in DFW.
Over a thousand in attendance @ The Lion’s Den events comming from 8 countries, 23 states, and 60 cities.
For the event our 2 key objectives are:
To Connect kingdom capital to kingdom business
To inspire, educate and mobilize towards kingdom business
You will be chosen for either the Main Event 8 minute pitch with 10 minutes of feedback and question or the Rocket round with 5 minute pitch and no feedback our questions on the main day
Although we cannot predict the final number of attendees in the audience, you will be sharing your story with hundreds of individuals interested in Business as Mission and the progress of your company.
The audience and the panel will “vote” on each company to determine which presentation had the best presentation, BAM focus, most innovative, etc.
This is a 3 day event and you must commit to all three days. day 1 (4/5/17) is reahearsal with a networking dinner. Day 2 (4/6/17) is the actual pitch day and another networking dinner. Day 3 (4/7/17) is the accredited investor event where you can share with accredited investors your needs.
Applications must be received by 1/15/2017
Critical things to do:
Fill out the below short form summary for your company. It is very important that you express your company’s mission in a manner that supports the Gospel. Note that we are asking for validation of your financials and other info on the sheet. If you need help in providing any of the info give us a call.
Fill out the BAM essay that is also a part of this document that will help you to clarify your mission and kingdom impact for your life and your business.
Send a PDF draft of your power point that you will use for the presentation (your pitch deck). We know you will go through multiple drafts, but it is helpful for us to learn about your company and give some early feedback tailored to this audience.
- If you are chosen for the event, we will also need your logo, a 3 sentence intro of the person pitching for you company, you will need to be prepared to have a video segment done about you, and by accepting you are committing in word and written form to be at the event on time for the entire duration.
- Be praying for the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives and businesses of all those participating and attending. Also pray for the logistics and health of all those traveling whether near or far.
- May the event be led by the Holy Spirit with prayer as the driving force all for God’s glory
- That all logistics, travel and personal health would be protected and covered in God’s grace
- The marketing of the event such as website, video, social media and invites would be inspirational and led by the Holy Spirit
- Thank God for those already attending and to bring those He knows need to attend
- The quality of the companies and the messages of each presenting company would be clear, concise with a very strong missional purpose
- The event would be filed with a spirit of unity with no division
- The participating companies would receive the growth capital they are requesting
- The Lord’s hand of excellence would be way beyond our own personal abilities
Fund Raising Stage
Location / Availability
2016 Revenue Projections
Assets / Liabilities
There are five key areas we look at as we consider candidate companies:
Business Excellence: Looking to compete and win for the glory of God
Theology of Work: Stewardship vs. Ownership
Ministry in Deed – Acknowledging and embracing that the marketplace is our ministry and loving on employees and communities extraordinarily well
Ministry in Word: Seeking to share the reason for why we do what we do
1. Business Excellence: Looking to compete and win for the glory of God
We were created in the image of a working and creative God. We work for the glory of a Great God and the commitment to honor him should fuel us with an energy, focus and commitment that should give us a unique advantage. We look for companies that own the concept that the degree that we do our work well is the degree that we have an opportunity to witness and be heard, and so we need to pursue a plan for excellence in business that will undoubtedly include aspects from planning, professional development, cultural formation, goal setting, execution and assessment.
“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working” John 5:17
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” Colossians 3:23
“But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today” Deut. 8:18
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize” 1 Corinthians 9:24
"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed” Proverbs 15:22
Essay prompt: Discuss your plan for the following initiatives:
Recruiting world-class advisors from the industry in which you compete
The communication of your plan for the business to all stakeholders
How you will measure the key metrics that drive your business
Your level of knowledge of who your customer is and your focus on delivering excellent value to them
2. Leaders Transformed
We look for companies led by leaders whose lives have been transformed by the Gospel, that have accepted the gift of salvation, and now seek to bring God glory as their greatest and highest purpose.
We look for leaders who are followers of Christ first, who continue to work out their salvation with fear and trembling, and yet with confidence. We look for leaders that are committed to seeking God through regular time with His Scriptures, in prayer, and with others. We look for leaders that are members of a local Church community.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” 2 Corinthians 5:17
“So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” Romans 12:5
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” Matthew 4:4
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8
Essay prompt: Describe the following:
Your daily time in God's Word
Your local church membership
Your small group participation and/or accountability group
How you seek counsel/guidance from a mentor
How you live generously (tithing and giving out of gratitude for gift given us)
- Other (mentorship, resources, etc.)
3. Theology of Work: Stewardship vs. Ownership
We look for companies that see themselves as stewards of God’s resources. These resources are God’s, but He has entrusted them to us to steward effectively according to His purposes. This is a perspective in distinct contrast to viewing ourselves as owners of resources. Ownership emphasizes possession and the concept that we can do whatever we want with things that we own.
“For we are God's co-workers; you are God's field, God's building.” 1 Corinthians 3:9 says,
“10 Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, OLORD, And You are exalted as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all. 13 ‘Now therefore, our God, We thank You And praise Your glorious name.’” 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 (NKJ).
“‘Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws, and you will live safely in the land.19 Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and live there in safety. 20 You may ask, “What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?”21 I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years. 22 While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and will continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes in. 23 The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.” Leviticus 25:18-23
“I bring no charges against you concerning your sacrifices or concerning your burnt offerings, which are ever before me 9 I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, 10 for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. 11 I know every bird in the mountains, and the insects in the fields are mine. 12 If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it. 13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? 14 “Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, 15 and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” Psalm 50:8-15
Essay prompt: Describe the following:
Your plan for a holistic mission and how it will be clearly explained to major stakeholders
Your plan to integrate Scripture / Biblical principles into a written Spiritual Integration plan
Your plan to evaluate your Operations holistically (both business returns and spiritual impact)
- Your plan to invite others to hold you accountable for your plans
4. Ministry in Deed
A) Acknowledging and embracing that the marketplace is our ministry
We look for companies that believe that God has placed them in the marketplace where there is a substantial ministry opportunity because we are to be salt and light wherever we are, 7 days a week. We look for companies that acknowledge that, embrace it, and seek to make the most of it, looking for opportunities to be salt and light to people that do not yet know Him, and encouraging those who do know Him to be similarly activated.
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven” Matthew 5:16
“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord” Proverbs 16:2
“That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine” Romans 1:12
Essay prompt: Describe the following:
Your plan as a leader to regularly pray that God will be glorified through your work and ministry and to guard your heart from pride, lust, and greed
Your plan for a Corporate Chaplaincy program
B) Loving on employees and communities extraordinarily wellWe look for companies with leaders that acknowledge that they need to be active members of their local community as leaders and to encourage their employees to do the same. In providing employees with ways to serve their local community, leaders in turn will be serving them as it is indeed more blessed to give than receive. Additionally, we look for leaders that endeavor to love their employees well through all aspects of an employee’s life, providing them meaningful work and an environment to do it. We look for leaders that care for employees as individuals and that help them provide well for their families, not only with financial resources, but with the gift of time and boundaries that will allow them to lead well at home. We also look for leaders that love on their employees by speaking the truth in love when they aren’t a good fit for what they were created to do.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” Hebrews 12:1
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul” 3 John 1:2
“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice” Proverbs 21:3
Essay prompt: Describe the following:
Your plan for professional development as you seek to be the absolute best
Your plan for believers within the company to regularly get together to pray for the business and those in and around it
Your plan for a benefits plan that is comparable to, or better than those in your industry
Your plan for creative structures that allow your employees to love on their own families well
Your plan to allow employees access to, and encouragement for, physical fitness
Your plan for a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program that encourages volunteering and giving both on an individual and corporate basis
5. Ministry in Word: Seeking to share the reason for why we do what we do
We look for companies and leaders that realize that they have an outstanding opportunity to share the reason for the hope that they have, and that are intentional about looking for and praying for those opportunities, believing that it is appropriate to share the reason for the hope they have, albeit with gentleness and respect with those with whom they are in a relationship, whether vendors, partners, customers, or employees. We look for companies and leaders that are eager to share the gospel message of salvation in Jesus with gentleness and respect in a culturally appropriate manner.
We look for companies and leaders that are actively identifying the right opportunity to explain to others the reason why they do what we do, in a culturally appropriate manner, with the aim of exposing those that don’t yet share our faith to the Gospel. We look for companies and leaders that will look for ways to develop and disciple believers in their discipleship walk and partner with local churches to strengthen the ministry taking place through the business.
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15
“And that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations” Luke 24:47
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God” II Timothy 1:8
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” Matthew 28:18-20.
Essay prompt: Describe the following:
Your plan for how you and your management will share Biblical truth with staff and other business relationships when culturally appropriate
Your company policy on business ethics and doing business in a God-honoring manner
Your plan for how you and your management team will pray with others in the marketplace as appropriate
You plan for how you will seek to take what God has taught you in the workplace and encourage other believers in business