April 1st, 2016 – SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Student teams working on for-profit startup ventures can apply to compete against teams across the globe. The first five regional competitions: East, Midwest, South, West and International will take place online with readers evaluating the applications and then passing their results to a selection team that will extend the final invitations.
The winning team from each region plus one single wild card entry chosen from among the runner-ups of each region will be invited (with travel expenses reimbursed) to the Global Finals in Silicon Valley, CA to compete for a $50,000 Grand Prize investment.
VP of Finance and USA Operations
Remedy Flies – 2015 ELEVATE South Region Winner
New Ventures Program Manager
Founder and CEO
National Director of MBA Ministry
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Created to Love
Co-Founder and CEO
RapidSOS – ELEVATE 2015 East Region Winner
Founder and CEO
Grit & Virtue
Cofounder and Chief Product Officer
Annie Y. Tsai
Vice President and Professor
Azusa Pacific University
Founder and VP of Creative
The Story Locker
Transforming the Bay with Christ
“ELEVATE is a values-based event with high-integrity people.”
Living with a purpose for Jesus Christ, they are working to solve the big issues that we all have in our lives.
- Ronnie Lott , Former Hall of Fame San Francisco 49er and Angel Investor, ELEVATE 2015 Judge
“We have a crazy amount of momentum and interest about Remedy Flies right now.”
We have a CNN anchor who wants to partner with us to employ young women from Sierra Leone, we have a church in Chattanooga that has 18 churches in Romania who want to partner with us in their locations, and we have a church planting network in India that has inquired. The possibilities remain amazing.”
- Caroline Bivens, Remedy Flies - ELEVATE 2015 South Region Winner
“Winning ELEVATE is an absolute honor.”
It is a blessing for both me and ReliefWatch. I am grateful to have the support of such an amazing community and I have no doubt that our participation and the connections we've made will strengthen our ability to do God's work moving forward.
- Daniel Yu, Founder and CEO of ReliefWatch, ELEVATE 2015 National Winner
The Global Finals of ELEVATE will be hosted once again in Silicon Valley, CA. The event will feature presentations from the six invited teams to a panel of five distinguished judges along with keynote addresses from nationally recognized speakers.
While this year’s event is still in the works, the two speakers from ELEVATE 2015 were Connie Chan, Partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and Steve Saccone, Executive Pastor of Awakenings Church and author of Protégé. And among the judges were Ronnie Lott, angel investor and NFL Hall of Famer and Holly Liu, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer at Kabam.Register To Attend
Timeline for ELEVATE 2016
December 1st, 2015 Application Open
February 15th, 2016 Application Deadline
February 16th- 29th, 2016 Online Judging and Selection Review
March 1st, 2016 Invitations to Global Finals
April 1st, 2016 Global Finals in Silicon Valley
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will this year’s Global finals take place?
The Global Finals of ELEVATE 2016 will once again be hosted in Silicon Valley, CA. The six winning teams from each region will be invited to feature their presentations to a panel of five distinguished judges. There will also be keynote addresses from nationally recognized speakers and opportunities to network with leaders in ministry, community and work.
Sponsors and Partners
ELEVATE is a nonprofit initiative and we count on our generous donors and partners to make this event happen. We invite support at any level but are specifically seeking at least five Cornerstone donors to commit for the next five years at the $5000 (for individuals) or $10,000 (for organizations) level or more per year to be the financial foundation on which ELEVATE will continue to be built. Please contact us for more information on how to give towards God’s work in faith and entrepreneurship.
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