Accelerators and competitions

Angel Investing is one of the largest potential areas of Faith Driven Investing. The challenge for Angel investors is the same as that of the larger, professionally managed, private equity funds: DEAL FLOW. The following accelerators and startup competitions are great places to find investment opportunities in up and coming faith driven entrepreneurs. We encourage you to check out these organizations out and the entrepreneurs that do well with them before you make an angel investment.


PraxiS

Praxis is a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship, supporting founders, funders, and innovators motivated by their faith to renew culture and love their neighbors. Their community of practice operates through high-touch programs, robust content, and a global portfolio of redemptive business & nonprofit ventures.

 

OCEAN programs

Through their events, training, accelerator, and tribe, Ocean teaches, mentors, and invests in entrepreneurs who have faith in God and a passion for success. They believe that faith in God and a strong understanding of what it takes for an entrepreneur to succeed helps their community of entrepreneurs not just survive, but thrive – professionally and spiritually.

 

LIONS DEN

Investors have a hard time finding and investing in high-quality companies that share the same values they do—especially Christian values. That’s why Lion’s Den connects companies with investors through a Christian business pitch competition where business leaders can use their wealth and experience to change the world and make an impact. 

 

TRIGA VENTURES (Africa)

With the vision of solving some of Africa’s most pressing challenges, Triga offers support to the visionaries themselves—the entrepreneurs on the ground, building redemptive ventures. Their aim is to equip 500 entrepreneurs over the next 20 years to build high-impact, redemptive ventures that will positively impact the lives of an inclusive, broader community in Africa.

 

JOYCORPS

JoyCorps equips and empowers indigenous entrepreneurs operating in marginalized communities, helping them to build innovative, sustainable businesses and cultivate thriving communities.

Culture is largely shaped by entrepreneurs. That's why they believe the best way to shape culture and fight poverty is to equip, resource, train and empower entrepreneurs in marginalized communities to operate their businesses with a redemptive lens. Redemptive businesses can change communities economically, socially, and physically.

 
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Sinapsis Group

Sinapis empowers entrepreneurs professionally and spiritually using training and a global support network so they can grow to the next level and transform the world around them.

Their passion is small and growing businesses (SGBs) typically with 5 to 250 employees. These companies fuel the economy and account for 67-80% of new job growth. Their success goes far beyond the entrepreneur and brings employment and dignity to their community.

 

Agora Enterprises

Agora envisions a world where business is a catalytic force sparking lasting world change. They train, empower, and support socially conscious entrepreneurs to launch sustainable and profitable businesses in communities in the developing world and the U.S urban core through a comprehensive offering that includes assessment, mentoring, training on Lean Principles, funding, ongoing holistic support.

 
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Five Two

FiveTwo Network equips Christian entrepreneurs to launch a variety of sustainable start-ups that reach people for Jesus. We provide clarity, camaraderie and know-how so that the startup Jesus has placed in you thrives. We work with church plants and re-plants, non-profits, and “business as mission” for-profits. Through our assessment, training, and coaching, entrepreneurial men and women of faith realize their dreams of creating faith-based start-ups that lead to more baptized followers of Jesus. Our assessment helps you uncover the Christian start-up that Jesus has placed in you, and our support & training help that start-up become reality.

 

Transformational Business Network (UK)

We believe in the potential of entrepreneurs to lead with integrity, to scale their businesses exponentially and to create jobs and prosperity for all.

Through our global network, we catalyze purpose-driven entrepreneurs, help build impactful businesses and unlock investments in emerging and frontier markets.

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RESURGO VENTURES (UK)

Based in the UK, Resurgo is passionate about businesses that will go beyond just financial returns: existing for something bigger than themselves; and combining purpose and profit to have an extraordinary social impact.

Our vision is to start building this new generation of leading businesses; drawing on twelve years of proven experience as part of the Resurgo Trust, a Christian charity devoted to social impact ventures, which has developed the highly successful Spear programme. To date, Spear has impacted the lives of more than 5,000 young people.

 
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CREO VENTURES (Europe)

Creo is a faith-based accelerator for mission-driven ventures that create products and services that deliver scalable social impact for the common good. We work at forming the Christlikeness and competency of the entrepreneur and investing in the culture and capacity of the venture. We work to turn ideas into resourced, globally scalable and lasting business solutions to world problems.

 
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Israel First Fruits

To see the Body of Messiah in Israel flourish and prosper, fulfilling its mandate to bless Israeli society and the nations through God-honoring professionals. To empower the Body of Messiah in Israel economically by:

  • Equipping people to be fruitful stewards of their gifts and effective influencers
    in the marketplace

  • Encouraging business formation and growth

  • Providing an incubation framework for national projects

 

canaglobal

CanaGlobal’s vision is to activate purpose-driven entrepreneurs into the 7 mountains of societal influence: family, religion, education, government, media, arts/entertainment, and business. CanaGlobal is a faith-based entrepreneurial accelerator offering 8-12 week entrepreneur and coding bootcamps geared towards the bootstrapped startup founder. Our bootcamp focus is on building customer acquisition systems that will generate revenue and profitability in the startup’s earliest days. Unlike any other creative environment, no other opportunity exists for future entrepreneurs to gain access to our plethora of success resources, connecting the dots between business, purpose, success and faith. 

 

beyond startup accelerator

The Beyond Startup Accelerator at Cedarville University serves to amplify the spirit of entrepreneurship. We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works. His character of creativity and completeness compels us to innovate and enlarge His kingdom through intrepid enterprising and influencing the culture around us. This experience seeks to create an undulating cycle of professional discipleship between students, alumni, and investors with the objective of funding faith-based student/alumni ventures.

Starting a new business can be difficult. Nine out of 10 startups fail within the first three years. The Beyond Startup Accelerator is designed to expose student and alumni businesses to expertise, capital, and investment opportunities.

 

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