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No. The challenge is open to individuals or teams—anyone with a new, innovative, “gospel-minded” idea for renewal.
A gospel-minded idea has four major characteristics:
Applicants may be asked to describe how their idea carries and embodies the gospel of Jesus Christ to Houston and the world.
A group of six judges made up of members from the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Houston.
Initial applications through the screening process will be reviewed and evaluated on the following: feasibility, understanding of the underlying problem the applicant seeks to fix, and innovation.
After making it through the initial screening process, our panel of judges will be looking for pitches that demonstrate a clear problem understanding, a thoughtful theory of change, and an explicit commitment to innovation – solving a problem in a new way.
Pitches will be technically evaluated according to the following categories:
The total award pool is $250,000. Any amount may be awarded from that total. Not all finalists will receive funding.
You may submit as many ideas and proposals as you would like. Note: more submissions will not improve chances for selection.
You will hear back from us with news on whether your application is selected to participate in the Navigation process by December 9, 2022.
We expect to receive a large volume of applications and are unable to comment on each one. We will be unable to share the exact reasons for the declination of your project.
You will own your intellectual property.
While we accept many types of applications, we do not look for academic projects, research initiatives, or project proposals from long-standing organizations looking for new funding. We will consider funding a new project for a long-standing entity. Preference will be given to innovative projects.
First Presbyterian Church of Houston will support all selected projects excluding activities prohibited by law.
These labs are required lunchtime sessions which will include fellowship and community development with other accepted entrepreneurs, and we will be using content developed by Praxis Labs to discuss key topics related to Christian entrepreneurship. The labs are very low-key and informal, but good opportunities to network and learn from each other.
Yes! You will have a 10-minute pitch with 10 minutes of Q&A from the judges. We will develop a schedule and work with all applicants to determine the most convenient time that works for them, but you can expect it to be during the day on March 25, 2023.
You can view previous winners here.
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