Social Entrepreneurship initiative
What is Epiphany?
Epiphany is a social entrepreneurship initiative of First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta (“FPC”), created to promote individual economic empowerment and live out our identity as the Atlanta church that balances spiritual conviction with tangible compassion. Epiphany is an incubator for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to address social challenges. Our goal is to transform how we participate in God’s mission for the world by serving people in Atlanta and beyond in fresh and effective new ways.
How epiphany works
Epiphany will solicit nascent ideas for innovative business models that address an area of ministry and social concern. We will help refine the idea, equip the entrepreneur, and prepare both for launch and greater impact through access to capital and community resources. Participants will receive hands-on business coaching from experienced mentors recruited from FPC’s membership. Semi-finalists will participate in a workshop with business and city leaders. Finalists will pitch their refined venture ideas to a panel of judges who will select the final Grant Recipients. Grant Recipients will receive start-up funding from a pool of $250,000, as well as financial and business planning assistance from FPC.
We believe God is calling us to a moment of EPIPHANY— an “Aha!” moment when a great idea is brought to life. Epiphany is revelation. Innovation. Guidance. Light. By bringing worthwhile social ventures to life, FPC wants to increase our direct impact on the community in ways we would not otherwise have imagined: new ways of lifting the lowly, feeding the hungry, reconciling people, and sharing love. We believe Epiphany will enable us to have an exponentially broader reach to our vulnerable neighbors and provide a platform for partnerships with civic, commercial, religious, and secular organizations that expand our capacity to show the love of Christ, while maintaining our existing mission partnerships and commitments. Epiphany will also call FPC members to use their skills, networks, connections and experiences to help advance ideas that are incubated. Epiphany is intended not only to successfully launch new ventures and fresh ways to share Christ’s love, but also to create a hunger and appetite among our members to live holistic lives of mission.
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Announce Epiphany to the congregation and community; build enthusiasm and buy-in for this new paradigm for our church. Goal: Attract a minimum of 40 applicants through community outreach and publicity.
Coach and nurture the applicants. Engage the congregation in the work of incubating social ventures.
Final pitches and judging. Reveal Sunday (02/24/19)
Develop the long-term relationship objectives of all launched ideas!
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