Christ is the culmination (telos) of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

-Romans 10:4

about

Vision:

To see the Holy Spirit unleash the entrepreneurial spirit.

Mission:

To make disciples through building God-glorifying Gospel-centered ventures.

To make disciples through building and investing in God-glorifying Gospel-centered ventures.

τελοσ (telos) is the Greek word for goal, end or purpose

Used in Romans 10:4, the Apostle Paul writes that, “Christ is the culmination (telos) of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.”

Jesus was sent with the purpose to redeem and renew the world and at Telos, we believe that our lives and our work must reflect this purpose.

Telos Ventures is a global gospel-centered venture community, advisory-based accelerator, consulting lab, coworking space and early-stage venture fund that encourages and equips entrepreneurs and investors to be on mission with God and make an impact on the world.

Gospel-centered ventures put Christ at the center to serve the world, foster innovation, shape organizational culture and embrace a broad stakeholder perspective. (framework borrowed with thanks from Redeemer Presbyterian Church’s Center for Faith and Work)

We believe that bringing circles of entrepreneurs, investors and partners together around Gospel-centered ventures to discern and be obedient to God’s will is a great vehicle for discipleship. We want to see entrepreneurs and investors grow strongly in their faith through what are some of the most formative experiences in their lives.

We also believe that business is a great platform through which to share the Gospel. Creativity, innovation and other aspects of work provide opportunities to show how the Holy Spirit works in and through us. Through excellence, God is glorified.

As followers of Jesus, we are commissioned to make disciples who then go out to make more disciples. At Telos we seek to fulfill this mission by loving and working with our community to build God-glorifying Gospel-centered ventures.

Core Values:

Developmental – So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-13

Relational – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25

Collaborative – Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. – Ephesians 2:19-22

Lab

Telos Lab is a Gospel-centered consultancy and incubator that works with early stage companies to prepare them for growth. We put ourselves in the place of entrepreneurs as we offer technical as well as corporate strategy, organizational clarity, mission, purpose and team development services.

Our fee-for service consultancy leverages teams from around the world to deliver quality solutions for startup needs while our incubation service takes an equity stake to surround startup teams with the skills that they lack.

Tent

Christ. Community. Coworking.

Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. - Exodus 33:7

But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle (tent) that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation.  He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. – Hebrews 9:11-12

The Telos Tent (in partnership with Verbo Church) is a Gospel-centered coworking space for Christian entrepreneurs and professionals who want to work in an inspiring, supportive and collaborative environment.

Alongside space, Telos Tent combines times of prayer, Chapel, speakers and events to offer a comprehensive faith and work experience.

Please contact us to come visit and become a part of our growing community of workers for the harvest.

Capital

Telos Ventures Capital is an early-stage venture capital fund that invests in Gospel-centered ventures in software, technology, education and lifestyle startups.

We do not believe that there is a sacred/secular divide. We integrate discipleship with capital as well as seek multiplicative financial returns through a commitment to Gospel-centered measures alongside best business practice metrics.

Investment Criteria:

God and Prayer
First and foremost we are here to seek the Kingdom. We will prayerfully seek to invest in areas where we discern God to already be working and help to deploy human and financial capital in those areas.

Gospel-centered Purpose and Core Values
We believe that entrepreneurship is a calling and that at the core of this calling is a greater purpose that our work will go towards fulfilling. And alongside this greater purpose we look to invest in a set of values that not only drives what a venture does, but just as importantly how a venture does it.

People and Relationships
We look for teams that are humble, curious and resilient who have great chemistry and focus on shaping their organizational culture. Teams should show a path of development, experience and expertise that suggest that the venture aligns with their spiritual journey. We also look for teams that have and value the relationships that will help them succeed.

Market and Exit Potential
Simply put the economics for sustainability and scalability have to exist both in terms of not only the number of people willing to pay for an idea or service, but also the company itself.

Business Model
Without a way to make money, there is no business. We will look carefully at potential ways a venture has to monetize a business and get excited when there is innovation happening around the ways to monetize their business.

Idea and Iteration
Most entrepreneurs believe that the key to success rests mostly in their idea. Experience actually shows that the idea a venture starts with is rarely the idea that they bring to market. Teams must relentlessly pursue their core purpose but be willing to iterate and be open to how God has them accomplish it.

Please contact us if you are interested in investing or are seeking venture investment.

Telos brings together circles of up to twelve entrepreneurs to love, support, encourage and equip one another and to be loved, supported, encouraged and equipped by the entire Telos Ventures community for the startup calling to which God has uniquely brought each of them.

Entrepreneurship is often a lonely pursuit, but that’s not the way God intends for it to be. We focus on building mutually loving relationships with other entrepreneurs, partners and investors through which God-glorifying Gospel-centered ventures are built.

Founder Circles are ongoing fee-based communities that serve the individual as opposed to the venture and meet together regularly. We have members from all over the world.

the accelerator

Telos comes alongside early stage startup ventures to advise on vision, mission, values, strategy, business and revenue models, legal advice, go-to market and fundraising among other areas in a Gospel-centered way.

We work with for-profit ventures as well as revenue-generating nonprofit organizations, however, for ventures to take part in the accelerator, the entrepreneur must already be a part of one of our Founders Circles.

The business accelerator is a value-added service we provide, but the core of Telos is our community of entrepreneurs, investors and partners.

We take an advisory-based approach and do not invest directly in the ventures we accelerate, though we advise on fundraising and make introductions to our Funder Circles where appropriate.

Telos believes that we neither have all of the answers nor should we, but that together as God’s people with the Holy Spirit, we have access to all of the resources we need.

Our circles and partners comprise the Telos Collaborative. Together the Collaborative is the entire collection of God-gifted subject matter experts, entrepreneurs, coaches, leaders and organizations committed to loving and equipping each other for the work of building God-glorifying Gospel-centered ventures.

Telos brings together circles of up to twelve investors to love, support, encourage and equip one another and to be loved, supported, encouraged and equipped by the entire Telos Ventures community to better partner in God’s work.

Investing should be done in and through relationships for the purpose of creating value beyond just generating a return. We focus on building these mutually loving relationships with other investors, partners and entrepreneurs through which God-glorifying Gospel-centered investing occurs.

Funder Circles are ongoing fee-based communities that meet together regularly. We have members from all over the world.

kingdom collaborative

Ephesians 2:19-22 (TNIV)
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

We are better together than we are a part. God designed His Church and Kingdom as an interconnected people though the Holy Spirit with Jesus as the foundation. Therefore, telos ventures partners deeply with other firms, nonprofits and churches called to the same mission of building and resourcing God-glorifying Kingdom ventures. We seek others who wish to share some combination of deal flow, networks and learning and to pursue the renewal and glorification of work together.

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eric@telosventures.com

Telos Tent @ Verbo Church
2798 Bay Road
Redwood City, CA 94063