Telos comes alongside early stage startup ventures to advise on all areas of business including 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.
We take an ongoing, relational, and advisory-based approach and do not invest directly in the ventures we accelerate, though, in some circumstances, funding may be available through our funding partners.
"The demands on any entrepreneur are prodigious. The work requires an uncommon amount of faith and support support above all else from the Holy Spirit who, in my view, works though others. I found that Spirit-filled support at Telos, especially through significant challenges that left me wondering, literally, whether God had abandoned me. I’ve often said without the loving and constant ministrations of Eric, David, and my Telos community I would have been a FEMA-classified disaster."
"We built VendorHawk starting in late 2015, through a mid-2017 funding round (including Telos) and sold our company to ServiceNow in April of 2018. Our SaaS product helped mid-market and enterprise customers manage all the software subscriptions and cloud-based apps in use across the company. My co-founders Brian and Ben wanted to make sure we had a variety of investors partnering with us as we built VendorHawk. Many of those were excellent businessmen and women but could not partner with us in our faith in God. That's why I, as CEO was personally blessed to work closely with Eric and Nick on monthly prayer calls and encouraging me in ways few other investors could. One of the things I appreciated so much was Telos commitment to honoring God first as part of every business decision their companies face. They were supportive, encouraging, inspiring and most important of all, they were present whenever I needed them. Praise God for their involvement in startups!"
"In life is there any goal, lofty endeavor, or world-changing aspiration more important than a relationship with our creator? The entrepreneurial journey is a hard road fraught with challenges, distractions, and lies trying to redirect our path from where God is given the most glory. The Telos team has been a committed partner in this journey towards pursuing impact in the marketplace while staying grounded and focused on the greatest calling in life. Telos reminds me when I need it repeated that I am loved by Jesus, known by my Father, and called to greater relationship with Him."
"Meeting and engaging with Telos was the single most impactful milestone for our company. For us, Eric's mentorship was the key -- giving us the step-by-step guidance we needed to go from a wandering idea to real measurable results. At first we had nothing tangible. He quickly coached us up to progress: sketching a prototype, developing advisors, creating our MVP with pilot companies, acceptance to OCEAN Accelerator, and most recently our completion of Techstars. Even now after having met literally 100+ mentors and executives, Eric's mentorship has meant the most."