We fund and incubate early-stage startups that want to practice Catholic values and evangelize workers. We serve all industries, from Agriculture, Catholic Products, to Artificial Intelligence. We are a small team comprised of diverse backgrounds in various industries. Our advantage comes from our network of successful Christians and Church institutions who have responded to His missionary calling. We are looking for Christ-centered independent thinkers who are not afraid to challenge the status quo and reject societal norms, while still being obedient to God & His Church.
We are missionaries. We see a gap between businesses with Catholic values ending up spiritually sterile and seeking personal righteousness instead of bearing fruits of evangelization. Our team comes from both startup and corporate backgrounds with a track record of workspace evangelization. Employees are attracted to come to us to learn about Catholicism, because we strive to embody a living and joyful testimony of Christ. We are influencing startup founders through our own Christ-centered environment.
Here are a few incidents that happened to our team members in their workspace: A non-Christian New Yorker asked one of us to pray for her dying uncle, the two went to an empty stairway and recited a short prayer, she then claimed seeing two rays of light, blue and red, and talked about Christianity openly since then. A fallen-away Catholic French manager asked our team member why he remained Catholic despite his sharp mind, the boss later regained part of his faith and celebrated the election of Pope Francis. A Turkish atheist requested one of our team at a company free lunch, if God exists, to please pray for his sick infant and ended up being thankful for it. A Macedonian in a big tech firm who didn't want to talk about faith-related topics asked for a church recommendation to explore Catholicism at a company lunch. An Asian Buddhist employee asked one of us to teach her how to pray the rosary.
Many Catholic communities and programs tend to serve those within their affinity and don’t have close access to non-Christians. During the business incubation process, these founders will learn how to build a Christ-centered corporate culture and a HR framework that allows Catholic Employee-Resource-Groups (ERG). Through these ERGs, your bishops, religious, priests, and lay communities in the diocese will gain a close access to their employees, both Christians and non-Christians, while maintaining respectful religious freedom. Non-Christian employees have better opportunities to find fullness in life. Catholic employees will find spiritual nourishment at work. Guest speakers are also proven to be helpful. In 2017, a bishop of Los Angeles gave a talk at Facebook HQ. In 2019, a Carmelite nun gave a talk on contemplation at Google HQ. The event was full of Catholics, non-Catholic Christians, Muslims, Atheists, and other faiths. Catholic programs and lay communities are also the best resources to prepare and remind the faithful of their missionary calling. We help our portfolio companies setup an ERG and connect them with Catholic communities when the time is right. Without a proper ERG, the execution is often inconsistent, unorganized, clashing with important work, violating confidentiality, and suppressing other faiths.
This venture was initiated to advance the cause of Catholicer movement.
We work intensively with founders for 12 weeks, 2-3 times a year, to help them achieve their best stage. Based on the company’s stage, we help them build something impressive enough to raise further investment, scale their business, or ensure profitability early on. Our services range from assisting founders in finding their company name to finding a realistic long-term ambitious vision. All workshops, mentorships, pitching and seminars will be online.
We provide >= $10k seed and early-stage funds to startups that are aligned with our goal.
We ask 10% of your company for the incubation and a separate deal for funding. The submission deadline is August 31st, 2020. We prioritize Faith Corporations and startups related to COVID-19 & economic recovery.
Send us an email with all of the following: your idea (or the stage of your business if running), plan (how you make money, current revenue, active customers, investors, competitors, intellectual properties), complete founder background, resume/CV, purpose in life, spiritual life, and a neat unlisted 1-minute youtube video of you telling us why you are applying. Include all co-founders with at least 10% ownership of the company in the same application. We will be in touch if we decide to move your application to the next step. For diocesan, community or corporate applicants, please contact us to schedule a call.
Either a resolution, bylaws, a statement, or an intention for a new startup to:
Are you a faithful Catholic who feels called by God to invest in businesses aligned with His will? Whether you are interested in joining our Venture Catholic philanthropic fund or in our exclusive pitch day, let's chat.
We welcome companies to join our startups' early customer council in return for discounted prices or to provide deals to our startups. For providing corporate mentors, seminars, and other marketing materials, email us here.
Some organizations want to outsource their startup ideas or support in-network entrepreneurs. We provide a flexible bootcamp for organizations interested in evangelization as well as economic development in your area.
Darren has been in tech his whole life. Darren owns TV Production, MercyWallet Inc, and boards a few nonprofits. He used to work at Autodesk, Sony Playstation, and Microsoft. He made his own versions of Final Fantasy IV, Windows Media Player, Worm eliminator, and dozends of other apps in 2002.
Managing partner of his family Real Estate LP, Matt is a serial social entrepreneur dealing with emerging markets, especially in the agriculture arena. His partnership skill, due diligence, and door to Africa are great resources to help remote entrepreneurs.
Co-founder of MercyWallet Inc, Clarissa has a consulting background with A.T. Kearney in Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, now is in corporate finance in the BioTech sector, Quidel. She is based in San Diego.
Co-founder Oplus in Japan, Alexis is a multitalented entrepreneur who has held a variety of positions in the tech industry. Utilizing his technical abilities obtained through different startups over the years, he helped companies create various partnerships and expanded their client base overseas. Alexis is a proud Carnegie Mellon alumni and enjoys golfing, fishing, and spending time with his kids.
Head of Finance, HR, Payroll, and Accounting in various startups. She came from the construction, assembling, and engineering industries. She had multi-year experience in leading GL Accountant at Huawei Tech Investment where she handled BoD reporting, audit, analysis, and flow design.
AI Research Program Manager at Facebook, Research Manager at a SV startup, BOLD, and Lead UX research operation at Autodesk. She is a systems thinker by nature and is passionate about solving complex problems from a human-centered perspective. Heather came from an Architectural background.
Marketing Manager at Fast Retailing (UNIQLO) and a veteran of SOYJOY new food product team at Otsuka. Evy's original background is in the pharmaceutical sector, where she is ensuring various product compliance. She is a leader of a young adult international lay Carmelite community.
We welcome successful business leaders to come onboard and mentor worldwide Catholic entrepreneurs, contact us to schedule a call.
Our advisors contribute their functional, industry, and regional expertise in the discovery, diligence, and ongoing management of portfolio companies.
President of Global Entrepreneurial Network in Indonesia.
VP of Product at Unity, Former Director at Zynga, AppNexus, & Hawaiian Air.
Archdiocese of San Francisco, Former Charles Schwab Executive.