Project Flourish is a social entrepreneurship initiative for and by the Church. We want to launch new social impact ventures which seek the “Good” of Houston.
We connect gospel-minded entrepreneurs and their ventures to the social, intellectual, and financial capital of First Presbyterian Church through a social impact pitch competition awarding $125,000 to select recipients.
We provide mentorship and expertise, access to capital, and community. Participants undergo a challenging process designed to enhance their projects or ventures through hands-on coaching from a team of experienced mentors. Semi-finalists participate in workshops over a two-month acceleration process. They then pitch their venture, Shark Tank-style, to a panel of judges and winning pitches will be awarded funding from a pool of $125,000. Award recipients will receive start-up funding, potential future consulting, financial and business planning assistance, and potential partnership opportunities with First Presbyterian Church of Houston.
First Presbyterian Church is excited to do this because we follow the way of Jesus who is recreating the world. He has come and made us new! And he commissions us to be people of new life, creating, restoring, pastoring, and ministering to all of creation. We live in His story, where he has commissioned us to be agents of reconciliation, hope, and joy here to serve the world with all that we are and all that we have. These grants are to encourage and develop social and cultural renewal within Houston first and foremost.
Project Flourish endeavors to help Houston flourish and to see gospel-minded restoration take place all throughout Houston. We invest in redemptive entrepreneurial ideas addressing areas such as homelessness, refugee resettlement, educational deficits, food and housing insecurity, poverty, access to healthcare and other challenges of the metropolitan Houston area. We believe God is at work in our midst, and he is calling us to join him.
Do you have an idea to change the city? To fix one of our grand challenges? Read the How-It-Works page to learn how you can apply with your idea and team.