2018 Agenda


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2018 Agenda


Thursday March 22nd, 2018 at Dallas Baptist University

7:30-8:30   | Registration (Pilgrim Chapel); Coffee & Networking in Exhibitor Hall

8:30-9:00   | Kickoff (Pilgrim Chapel)

9:15-10:15   | Breakout Session 1

INVESTING: Kingdom Impact Investing w. John Raymond and Endel Liias

ENTREPRENEURS: 10 Ways Startups Fail w. Wade Myers

MILLENNIALS: Millennials in the Marketplace w. Grant Skeldon

BIBLICAL: Business in the Bible w. Dr. Ross O'Brien

10:15-10:45 | Break; Exhibition Hall Open

10:45-11:45 | Breakout Session 2

INVESTING:  Active Investors w. John Raymond

ENTREPRENEURS: Redemptive Edge w. Josh Kwan

WOMEN FOCUS: Women in Entrepreneurship Panel led by Sandra Crawford Williamson

BIBLICAL: Practical Ways to Integrate Faith into Business w. Dr. Ross O'Brien

11:45-1:00   | Keynote Lunch - Nathan Sheets, CEO and C12 panel (Sadler Hall)

1:15-3:30     | Company Pitches (Pilgrim Chapel)

4:00-6:00   | Deep Dive (Rogers Theater - Accredited Investors only - click here to attend)

Pitch Companies


Pitch Companies


2018 Main Event Pitch Companies

Get ready to enter the Lions Den. 5 companies will have 8 minutes to pitch their business to our panel of experts, followed by 8 minutes of questions led by our expert panel of judges. The audience will vote by app on the best pitch.  Click on the company logos to learn more. 

 

2018 Rocket Round Pitch Companies

In the Rocket Round, 5 companies will have 5 minutes to pitch their business to our panel of experts. Then the audience will vote on their favorite 3 companies which will get questioned by our expert panel of judges. The audience will vote by app on the best pitch.  Click on the company logos to learn more. 

2018 Panel judges


2018 Panel judges


Our panel of judges are experts in their fields. The panel's purpose is to critique the businesses that are pitching at the Lion's Den and to help them improve.  

Josh Kwan Josh finds joy in building high-impact organizations that create enduring value. He co-founded Praxis while he was the Director of International Giving for the David Weekley Family Foundation, where he divided his time between conducting due diligence on innovative social enterprises and helping portfolio organizations scale their impact; he continues to advise DWFF on grantmaking and impact investing.     

Josh Kwan

Josh finds joy in building high-impact organizations that create enduring value. He co-founded Praxis while he was the Director of International Giving for the David Weekley Family Foundation, where he divided his time between conducting due diligence on innovative social enterprises and helping portfolio organizations scale their impact; he continues to advise DWFF on grantmaking and impact investing. 

 

 

April Chapman April worked in the tech industry for 20 years including a tenure at Microsoft, April left Microsoft to start a consulting firm to advise non-profits on Internet strategy. She is now working with Christian-led organizations locally, nationally and internationally to help maximize their economic, social and spiritual impact.  April is Co-Chair of the World Vision Innovation Fund and serves on several boards including Praxis, Impact Foundation, Generous Giving, Solomon’s Fund and the National Christian Foundation-Northwest.   

April Chapman

April worked in the tech industry for 20 years including a tenure at Microsoft, April left Microsoft to start a consulting firm to advise non-profits on Internet strategy. She is now working with Christian-led organizations locally, nationally and internationally to help maximize their economic, social and spiritual impact.  April is Co-Chair of the World Vision Innovation Fund and serves on several boards including Praxis, Impact Foundation, Generous Giving, Solomon’s Fund and the National Christian Foundation-Northwest. 

 

Henry Kaestner Mr. Kaestner is managing partner of Soverign's Fund and a seasoned business operator with experience in multiple industries including bandwidth.com, which he and his business partner grew from 0 to $140 million in revenue.

Henry Kaestner

Mr. Kaestner is managing partner of Soverign's Fund and a seasoned business operator with experience in multiple industries including bandwidth.com, which he and his business partner grew from 0 to $140 million in revenue.

 
Kurt Knapton Mr. Knapton is a visionary leader who turns innovative thinking into results. Kurt is the former President and CEO of Research Now. During his twelve years there, Kurt helped start-up and scale the world’s leading digital data-collection company serving the market research industry. Annually the company executes over 40,000 projects and generates more than $300 Million of global revenue.

Kurt Knapton

Mr. Knapton is a visionary leader who turns innovative thinking into results. Kurt is the former President and CEO of Research Now. During his twelve years there, Kurt helped start-up and scale the world’s leading digital data-collection company serving the market research industry. Annually the company executes over 40,000 projects and generates more than $300 Million of global revenue.

Aaron Fletcher, PhD Dr. Fletcher founded and serves as President of Bios Research, a financial services firm that provides public equity research in the healthcare space tailored to institutional firms and large family offices. Bios Research provides fundamental healthcare industry research focused in the biotech and med-tech sub-sectors and through this research, Dr. Fletcher has a strong understanding of commercial viability in the marketplace. Dr. Fletcher holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Colorado State University and currently serves as a visiting professor at Dallas Baptist University where he assists in teaching Biochemistry, Bioethics, and Cell Biology. Dr. Fletcher has worked as an independent consultant for the biotech/healthcare equity industry for over 10 years

Aaron Fletcher, PhD

Dr. Fletcher founded and serves as President of Bios Research, a financial services firm that provides public equity research in the healthcare space tailored to institutional firms and large family offices. Bios Research provides fundamental healthcare industry research focused in the biotech and med-tech sub-sectors and through this research, Dr. Fletcher has a strong understanding of commercial viability in the marketplace. Dr. Fletcher holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Colorado State University and currently serves as a visiting professor at Dallas Baptist University where he assists in teaching Biochemistry, Bioethics, and Cell Biology. Dr. Fletcher has worked as an independent consultant for the biotech/healthcare equity industry for over 10 years

Andy Perez Andy Perez is the CEO of Audience Point, a startup providing time optimized messaging across all digital platforms, and is a partner of 423 Ventures, a clean tech advisory firm. Andy has 17 years experience working with start-ups as a founder and venture capital investor in fields raining from aerospace to high-tech and he will share great ideas for entrepreneurs of all stages. 

Andy Perez

Andy Perez is the CEO of Audience Point, a startup providing time optimized messaging across all digital platforms, and is a partner of 423 Ventures, a clean tech advisory firm. Andy has 17 years experience working with start-ups as a founder and venture capital investor in fields raining from aerospace to high-tech and he will share great ideas for entrepreneurs of all stages. 

Scott Weiss Founding Chairman and CEO of Ocean Accelerator, Inc.  Previously led different companies in Ohio, California, Hong Kong and Australia.  As CEO of Ocean Accelerator Scott  leads the charge to provide training, mentoring and community to tech and small business entrepreneurs.  

Scott Weiss

Founding Chairman and CEO of Ocean Accelerator, Inc.  Previously led different companies in Ohio, California, Hong Kong and Australia.  As CEO of Ocean Accelerator Scott  leads the charge to provide training, mentoring and community to tech and small business entrepreneurs.

 

Keynote


Keynote


 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Each year, the Lion's Den features an outstanding entrepreneur who is making an impact in business as mission. This part of the event will take place during lunch on March 22 from 12 to 1. This year's keynote luncheon features Nathan Sheets, CEO of Nature Nate's Honey, and a panel consisting of C12 business owners. 

 
 
 

Failure and success as an entrepreneur

A wise leader once said, “Every Failure is One Step Closer to Success.” Some have taken that to mean that if you are not failing, you are not taking enough risks.  Others market leaders say, "The goal of failure is ultimately to discover how to succeed." One thing for certain is that if you are in business many years you will have some experience with failure, and how you respond to it determines your future. How do we and how should we as Kingdom minded entrepreneurs and investors respond to failure?  Is embracing failure as a good thing? Can you fail in a calculated way? These questions and others will guide our keynote panel of business leaders who discuss the earthly perception of failure, and how we as believers in business, face the challenge of discerning how God is intersecting our business life through failure and success.

 
 
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Nathan Sheets, CEO, Nature Nate's Honey

Nathan Sheets is the President and CEO of Nature Nate’s Honey Company, the #1 branded honey company in the U.S. After graduating from college and owning his own ad agency, Nathan began serving in ministry where he led over 100 mission trips around the globe. Nathan was also one of the driving forces behind the global ‘I Am Second’ media campaign that highlights stories of hundreds of lives transformed through the grace of Jesus Christ. In 2010, Nathan decided to make honey his full-time endeavor.  And life has never been sweeter. Nathan is passionate about developing a company that is driven by more than the bottom line — measuring success not just by what he achieves, but also by what he contributes to others.  As Nathan likes to say, “The Lord has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others.”  Nathan and his wife Patty live in Frisco and have four children.

 
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Tyler Reeves, President, Interstate Battery

Everyone who knows Tyler can tell you about his knack for understanding consumer behavior. That, combined with his understanding of business fundamentals, made Tyler the perfect person to lead Interstate’s fastest-growing business unit, where he oversees business development, account service and channel penetration efforts. Before joining Interstate in 2010, Tyler led marketing efforts at the Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo, where he was awarded PepsiCo’s highest honor, the Chairman’s Award, more than once for championing ideas that continue to deliver billions of dollars in annual sales today.

 
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Travis Lewis, CEO, Rug Doctor

Travis is a highly experienced and accomplished C-level executive with an extensive track record in growth acceleration and operating improvement. Currently as CEO of a global $125m+ Revenue, $25m+ EBITDA business, he has additional experience as C-level leader at both large and mid-sized entrepreneurial private-equity and public equity backed companies, driving significant financial growth and shareholder value creation. In the last 5 years, Travis has led three investments through top and bottom line growth which ultimately led to successful sales in the $500m+ valuation range.  He has extensive experience successfully working with private equity.

 

Rob Peabody, CEO, VOMO 

Co-Founder & CEO of VOMO, a web-based platform and App that leverages technology to power a global volunteer movement. He is an entrepreneurial visionary who recently moved back to the U.S. after living for six years in London, England. He founded and led a non-profit called Awaken, and started a national conference in the U.K. for millennials. Rob previously served as the Global City Leader for London for the International Mission Board. He’s also served as a mega-church pastor in the United States. Rob consults for various organizations and has written multiple books and small group studies. He and his wife, Medea, have three children.

 
 

Moderator, Kerby Anderson, Host, Point of View Radio Talk Show

Host of Point of View Radio Talk Show and also serves as the President of Probe Ministries. He holds masters degrees from Yale University (science) and Georgetown University (government).  He serves as a visiting professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and has spoken on dozens of university campuses including University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Colorado and University of Texas.