Our Practice Pitch Breakfast is not a competition. It is a time for entrepreneurs and investors to fellowship, learn from each other and build relationships with one another no matter where we are located. We come in as strangers and leave as family.
Practice Pitch Companies
Imani Collective started in a small village outside of Mombasa, Kenya. Our founder, Jenny Nuccio, traveled there looking to help fund education projects for kids. As she got to know the families she realized that the children who were struggling the most came from single income homes where their mother’s did not have many job opportunities and often sold fruit for mere pennies a day. Jenny fell in love with the people and decided to move to Kenya full time to learn from and invest in the community. Through broken English and Swahili, she and the sixteen women awkwardly laughed their way into deep friendship and mutual partnership. They taught her how to cook over an open fire, how to wash her clothes, and of course, how to carry her water like a local. In return, Jenny taught them how to sew. Through creating this collective, she realized they were not just better together, they are their best together.
TRAXyL is making optical data connectivity affordable and accessible to everyone and providing a new pathway for 5G backhaul, bringing data from the antenna to the edge. TRAXyL has developed FiberTRAX, a simple solution to extend last-mile telecommunications into hard to reach areas by essentially painting optical fiber onto the road surface. FiberTRAX quickly bonds a very tiny cable to any hardened surface, like a road or sidewalk, using a combination of very durable protective coatings. The final solution is very low profile and resembles a paint line on the road. TRAXyL is currently installing FiberTRAX for customers and is in the process of developing commercial machines. The machines will be leased to installers who will buy the tiny cable and protective coatings from TRAXyL, like a printer-ink manufacturer.
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Janet Settles (Perez Eckles)
Best-selling author and international speaker Janet Perez Eckles was infected by the virus of adversity—physical blindness at 30 years of age, the murder of her son and the abandonment of her husband.
But her life is not one of misery. Rather, through God’s grace, Janet’s lack of sight gave her the insight to empower thousands nationally and internationally to conquer adversity, overcome fear and reach personal and professional success.
As President of JC Empowerment Ministries, Janet continues to inspire English and Spanish-speaking audiences. She’s been honored by sharing the stage with John C. Maxwell, Lee Strobel, Nick Vijorcec, Governor Mike Huckabee, and other respected speakers. Her writings appear in 32 Chicken Soup for the Soul best-selling titles, dozens of anthologies, and hundreds of magazine articles.
Her profound experiences have captured the media. In addition to being featured on the cover of Hispanic Woman Magazine, her story appeared in regional, national, and international radio and television programs including Fox 35 News affiliate, the Spanish version of Good Morning America, 700 Club, Focus on the Family, Univision and Telemundo networks.
Janet’s work has been recognized by numerous awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award for business leaders in Central Florida. But her richest reward is empowering you to recognize that when perseverance, faith, and creativity come alive, you don’t have to look for success, success will find you.
Chris has always had a passion for understanding how things work and their practical application. This passion led to a successful and challenging 17-year career with Texas Instruments, where he managed an advanced engineering group that developed processes to manufacture TI’s most sophisticated IC designs. Here, he got his first exposure to technical sales, presenting reliability data on these new technologies to TI’s major customers in North America and Europe. Impressed with his work and potential, TI sponsored Chris in their management development program culminating with an MBA with Honors from UT Austin.
When TI closed its manufacturing facility, Chris transitioned to GE Capital, supporting leasing and sales of high-tech manufacturing equipment for the US Southwest and Eastern Mexico. At GE, Chris crafted skills in direct sales and sales rep management. After three years at GE, he went into business for himself, traveling internationally, helping manufacturing companies reposition their global assets.
As global manufacturing stabilized, Chris looked for a new challenge. Sponsored by Texas A&M, he helped found a spin-out medical diagnostic company that utilized patented technologies from A&M and Stanford University. Here, Chris and his team raised $6 million and worked eight years attempting to develop an affordable $2 Tuberculosis test. The strategic objective was to enable a BAM-focused company to impact China, India, and the Middle East with a product they desperately needed. While the technology was promising, it did not meet specifications to move into production, and the next funding round was not possible.
After this humbling outcome, and knowing God does not waste anything we endure, Chris reflected on how he could use those experiences and life lessons moving forward. As such, he founded Open Path Digital in 2016. Over the past four + years, he’s successfully developed a team that combines business skills with cutting-edge technology to help companies move their sales and marketing onto a digital platform. After significant success supporting secular companies, Chris feels led to help Kingdom companies thrive, not just survive.
Send Chris an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to get free resources and links mentioned in the video above or schedule a 30 minute growth strategy call.
"I really enjoyed Lion's Den. It gave me a great opportunity to practice pitching our company and the audience and investor feedback was very useful. I hope to have an opportunity to discuss with many of the individuals again because there seem to be valuable information to share. Thank you again Michelle & Grace!"
"Good! I was impressed with the response that Janet had with the crowd. What a blessing she is!"
"Janet Settles was inspiring. Her message had so much relevance to our times, business and deep faith to persevere in all situations."
"I have sat in on several of the breakfast events and continue to learn in all of them. So grateful that you host them. The commitment to your craft and passion are obvious in the professional quality of the sessions."
"I am so blessed by Janet's telling of her story. I could listen to her tell about how God has worked in her life for a very extended period of time."
"Janet Eckles made the event so special with her topic and delivery. We were all impacted so deeply by her sincerity, warmth and humor. Her advice was useful for everyone in the conference. It's impossible to tell that she is blind and she helps us see obstacles as God's opportunity for growth. Michelle and Grace did an excellent job with this conference. I'm in many conferences and this one flows so much better than any others."
"I appreciate the effort you are making to create networking opportunities."
"Helpful for me to hear what their input was and how I can reflect their input in our revised deck."
"Encouraging to see how everyone rallies to help small Kingdom Businesses grow."
"The investor feedback was good. It helped me understand the investor's perspective more."