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.