venture catholic

Virtual Startup Incubator for Missionary Entrepreneurs

From MercyWallet Inc
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ABOUT

From Silicon Valley and Los Angeles to the Entire World.

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.

Learn how we help our portfolio evangelize without proselytizing.

Learn how we help our portfolio evangelize through employee resource groups.

Learn about the community of entrepreneurs we are associated with.

INCUBATOR SERVICE

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.

FUNDING

We provide >= $10k seed and early-stage funds to startups that are aligned with our goal.

FALL 2020

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.

APPLYING

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.

ELIGIBILITY

Either a resolution, bylaws, a statement, or an intention for a new startup to:

* Applications failing to confirm that they meet or will meet the eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Bring Christ to the World

Ethical Evangelization At Work

INVESTORS

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.

CORPORATE PARTNERS

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.

DIOCESE AND CORPORATE SPONSORS

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.

TEAMS

Darren Gozali (Founder)

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.

Matthew Boschetto (Partner)

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.

Clarissa Short (CFO)

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.

Alexis Oyama (Partner)

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.

Nesya Fandhi (Expert Partner)

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.

Heather Gong (Expert Partner)

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.

Evy Setiawan (Expert Partner)

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.

PARTNERS

We welcome successful business leaders to come onboard and mentor worldwide Catholic entrepreneurs, contact us to schedule a call.

ADVISORS

Our advisors contribute their functional, industry, and regional expertise in the discovery, diligence, and ongoing management of portfolio companies.

Ivan Sandjaja

President of Global Entrepreneurial Network in Indonesia.

Felix The

VP of Product at Unity, Former Director at Zynga, AppNexus, & Hawaiian Air.

Dc. Rory Desmond

Archdiocese of San Francisco, Former Charles Schwab Executive.