March 31st, 2017 – SILICON VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Student teams working on for-profit startup ventures can apply to compete against teams across the country. Qualifying will take place online with readers evaluating the applications and then passing their results to a selection team that will then extend interview invitations. From those interviews four teams will be invited to compete live at the National Finals.
The four teams invited (with travel expenses reimbursed) to the National Finals in Silicon Valley, CA will compete for a $50,000 Grand Prize. Half of the prize will come in the form of a cash investment and the other half will come through a startup advisory agreement.
VP of Finance and USA Operations
Remedy Flies – 2015 ELEVATE South Region Winner
Partnerships Lead, CITRIS Foundry
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
Transforming the Bay with Christ
Dean, Crowell School of Business
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Crowell School of Business
President, The Ideation Foundation
2016 ELEVATE National Finalist
Norris A. Aldeen Chair and Associate Professor of Business
“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 National Finals of ELEVATE will be hosted once again in Silicon Valley, CA. The event will feature presentations from the four invited teams to a panel of five distinguished judges along with keynote addresses from nationally recognized speakers and a presentation from a local high school team.
While this year’s event is still in the works, past speakers at ELEVATE included Connie Chan, Partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Andrew Laffoon, Co-Founder and CEO of Mixbook, Holly Liu, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer or Kabam and Steve Saccone, Executive Pastor of Awakenings Church and author of Protégé.
And among the judges have been Ronnie Lott, angel investor and NFL Hall of Famer, Adam Metcalf, Chief Product Officer of Zeemee, George Arabian, Managing Partner of Steelhead Ventures and David Lane, Managing Partner of Diamondhead Ventures.Register To Attend
Timeline for ELEVATE 2016
November 1st, 2016 Application Open
February 1st, 2017 Application Deadline
February 2nd-28th, 2017 Online Judging and Selection Review
March 31st, 2017 Global Finals in Silicon Valley
Frequently Asked Questions
First and foremost ELEVATE is a faith-based competition so we are seeking early-stage startups with founders who lead by following Jesus. Secondly, this competition is designed to elevate entrepreneurial excellence among this next generation of leaders in faith and work, so it’s for students. And finally, we are looking for scalable for-profit startups that want to serve the world.
Where will this year’s Global finals take place?
The Global Finals of ELEVATE 2017 will once again be hosted in Silicon Valley, CA. The four national finalists will be invited to present live 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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