The Lion’s Den DFW 2018 Recap

The Lion’s Den DFW 2018 Recap

 The 3rd annual Lion's Den event in the DFW Metroplex on March 22nd, 2018 highlighted 10 different entrepreneurs demonstrating their vision, business model, and passion to deliver a business with a Kingdom impact.

Meet Our Interns from Dallas Baptist University

Meet Our Interns from Dallas Baptist University

My name is Jonah Vela and I am originally from San Antonio, Texas but my family moved to Rockwall, Texas my freshman year of college. I am a senior at Dallas Baptist University, majoring in Business Entrepreneurship and I enjoy it very much. I am graduating this May with my bachelors and then I plan on getting my masters from DBU in Finance. 

Meet Our Interns from Dallas Baptist University

Meet Our Interns from Dallas Baptist University

My name is Reid Strickland and I am a senior at Dallas Baptist University. My hometown is Waco, Texas. My major is entrepreneurship and after graduation I plan first to go out and get a business job of some sorts in order to get experience under my belt. In five to ten years after graduation and after getting some experience, I would like to open a coffee shop that is mission oriented. 

Press Release

Press Release

The Lion’s Den DFW 2018 Investors’ Conference Announces 3rd Annual Live Pitch Competition Scheduled for March 22, 2018

Previous Lion's Den Keynote Speaker and Pitch Company, Erwin Brothers Films, Hosts Movie Premiere in Dallas this Month. Tickets Available Now.

Previous Lion's Den Keynote Speaker and Pitch Company, Erwin Brothers Films, Hosts Movie Premiere in Dallas this Month. Tickets Available Now.

One year ago everyone was shocked when Lion's Den co-chair Vip Vipperman stepped to the stage and announced a six figure investment had been made only minutes after the Erwin Brothers' keynote presentation. Never before in Lion's Den history had a company received investment so quickly after sharing their message. Now the investment has come to life on the big screen in their newest film, I Can Only Imagine. 

Join MercyMe's lead singer Bart Millard, the film’s producers and directors Jon and Andy Erwin, the films co-writer and composer Brent McCorkle, co-executive producer Joshua Walsh, cast member Madeline Carrol, and other special guests for this incredible movie premier event Saturday, March 17 at Southlake's Harkins Theater in the Southlake Town Square just west of DFW airport in the heart of the DFW metroplex.

Announcing F3 on 3/21/18 In Conjunction with The Lion's Den DFW on 3/22/2018

Announcing F3 on 3/21/18 In Conjunction with The Lion's Den DFW on 3/22/2018

We are excited to announce a sister event that is happening on the day before The Lion’s Den DFW in conjunction with us. A group based in Kansas City is hosting F3 which stands for frontiers, founders and funders. It will be a half day event where fellow frontier market Kingdom investors with a heart for God and a head for business will Share in the dialogue and discover specific ways to mitigate investment risk, advance the Lord’s Kingdom, and realize solid risk adjusted returns. This event is focused on frontier and emerging markets, and the spiritual, social, and economic impact kingdom funders and founders can make together.

Five frontier founders from V2 (Venture Village) will be coming to the event from across the globe to pitch their businesses. Register now to attend http://www.cedar.works/TLD/DFW/f3


Is My Company the Right Fit to Pitch at The Lion's Den DFW?

Is My Company the Right Fit to Pitch at The Lion's Den DFW?

The Lion’s Den is a Christian business pitch competition that creates financial, educational, and missional opportunities for both entrepreneurs who are seeking to grow their businesses, and for investors looking to gain financial returns while making missional impact locally, nationally, and globally.

The Lion's Den 2017 In Review

The Lion's Den 2017 In Review

The second annual Lion's Den event in the DFW Metroplex highlighted 10 different entrepreneurs demonstrating their vision, business model, and passion to deliver a business with a Kingdom impact. Three of the companies who pitched have already reported that they received 6 figure investments. Real businesses are finding real investors and are making real impact! Praise the Lord!

Is The Lion's Den Right for Me?

Is The Lion's Den Right for Me?

A rather successful trek through high school, a couple college degrees and 5-years post-grad setting up a small private Christian school later, I was feeling pretty confident about my set-up, and even more confident about my skill-set and ability to build.

But nothing tests you quite like entrepreneurship...

The Anchor of The Technology Business

The Anchor of The Technology Business

My original plan was to write a review of the DFW Technology Prayer Breakfast @DFWTechPB, but much more happened on September 30th than I originally had planned, leading me to dive deeper.

It Is Not Too Late

It Is Not Too Late

It is not too late to sign up for The Lion's Den fall event in Birmingham, AL. It is just a few weeks away on October 27-28, 2016. You can sign up now at www.TheLionsDen.us 

The 3rd annual event features 4 businesses presenting to hundreds of attendees and a Panel of Lions in a "Shark Tank" type experience with a twist. The Kingdom-Focused Panel will look for sharp business minds focused on producing financial, social, environmental & spiritual results in their chosen endeavors, known as the "Quadline".

Resources for Businesses

Resources for Businesses

Taking Action.  That is how The Creator has hardwired so many of us.  Even more than that, building relationships through action really fires our engines.  So with that in mind we put together this list of resources for so many of our attendees who after our recent event are keenly interested in taking the next action steps in values based investing, starting a new business, or pitching their business to interested investors. This list is by no means exhaustive, so if you would like to be added or know of another business that should be please email us by clicking here.

The Lions Den 2016 in Review

The Lions Den 2016 in Review

May 27th, 2016 was an incredible life changing day.  I was and still am in awe of God for bringing together business and ministry leaders from 4 countries, 8 states, and 28 cities to invest in businesses that will take the good news to the ends of the earth.  

Anticipation was high when the companies arrived for rehearsal Monday afternoon. The 11 companies pitched their businesses and 10 panel judges that were split into two different sessions came at them with challenging questions and words of encouragement.  

The audience voted live throughout they day and audience favorites were chosen in the areas of Innovation, Mission Integration, and Business Model. Both panels got to choose a panel favorite as well. You can see the results and a picture of the winners on our Facebook page by clicking here.

The response to The Lion’s Den DFW 2016 was better than our core could have imagined with many people responding that they were encouraged spiritually and a least 3 companies who pitched already have active investor engagement with one of these companies already receiving investment funds.

Tim Day of Daylight Solutions discussed their tremendous growth since pitching at The Lion’s Den in Birmingham just 6 months before. Joel Montgomery of Bravewave Labs brought a great message on how to become a high growth company.

We were amazed that we had such good engagement from two local groups, incubators and universities.

We had pitch companies from The Dec, attendees from The Grove, and panelists from The Foundry. With 23 incubators in DFW, the opportunities for growth are great.

 The university connections were also really encouraging. UTD was represented, Simon Mak from SMU brought his whole class and used The Lion's Den as a key part of his 1 week course.

DBU also had multiple teachers such as Ross O'brien who built their 1 week classes around The Lion’s Den. We are discussing next year building more classes around the event and using it as a way to engage students on all of the DFW campuses. 

If you missed The Lion’s Den DFW this May, learn more about the pitch companies and panel involved here, and don’t miss the next The Lion's Den event coming October 27-28 in Birmingham, AL. Click here to register now to pitch, to invest, or to attend. The Lion's Den will be coming back to DFW in Spring 2017 and plans are already in the works. Look for a save the date coming soon.

Stigma or Advantage?

Stigma or Advantage?

Would you like to work for a company that genuinely cares about their employees, that pays them fairly, that supports them and their families, that gives generously to the community, that returns profit to investors on time, that supports widows, orphans and human trafficked women out of it’s overflow, that employs those that are disabled, downtrodden, and those who need a second chance from time spent as convicts?
 

The value of your work and your faithfulness

The value of your work and your faithfulness

The average person will spend more time at work in the next two weeks  (at least 80 hours) than at Sunday morning church in the next year (78 hours- 52 weeks times 1.5 hours). This begs the question, if we spend so much time working, can that time also be spiritually forming, soul nourishing, worshipful of God, and altogether good?

Business in a Sinless World

Business in a Sinless World

If Adam and Eve (and everyone since them) had not sinned, would we still have companies? 

I sometimes ask my business students this question. Trying to imagine the world without their iPhones® or a chai tea latte from Starbucks doesn’t sound much like paradise to them. But the question remains, "If sin had not entered the world and completely corrupted God’s perfect creation, would we still have companies that produce goods and deliver services?" To answer this question, we really need to look at God’s original commandments and also examine the nature of companies.

The 4 Largest Hurdles Affecting the Values Investing Ecosystem

The 4 Largest Hurdles Affecting the Values Investing Ecosystem

In this day and age, many people don’t want to just make money so they can take care of their families.  They also want to know that their work matters according to their set of values and that their investing is making a difference. For centuries, most people were only concerned with making enough money to provide food and shelter for their family, but that has changed here in the U.S.A. for many people. People want their work to make an impact and their investing dollars to go to companies who also support causes that they care about.  However, for many Christ followers, they find this to be a difficult task.  We have identified four key hurdles for the Christian to overcome regarding making money and investing it, so let’s unpack them and talk about what can be done to address them.