October 12-14, 2022

Birmingham, Alabama

Come be educated, entertained, and inspired at our 9th annual Lion’s Den competition

About the event

Cedarworks, Inc. is excited to once again present The Lion’s Den 2022 with Samford University as our host in Birmingham, AL, October 12-14. This “Shark Tank” style Main Event (Oct 13) features 3-5 business-as-mission companies competing before a live audience and panel of judges, seeking capital, resources, and exposure.    

  • The Professional Summit (Oct 12-13) encompasses all Wed-Thurs Lion’s Den activities. On Wednesday this includes dinner, a speaker, introductions to the competing companies, and structured networking. On Thursday, it includes breakfast, a keynote luncheon, dinner, 2 plenary sessions, 2 selected breakout sessions, the Main Event, and additional networking opportunities.
  • The Accredited Investor Meeting (Oct 14) gives an opportunity for Accredited Investors to go deeper, ask questions, and meet with the presenting companies one-on-one to determine any future partnerships.

Event Venue

Our Purpose

To ‘Inspire, Educate, and Mobilize’ business professionals to use their time, talents, and other resources to advance God’s Kingdom using Business As Mission (BAM). 

Real Businesses Seeking

Real Investors For Real Impact

The Lion's Den is a Cedarworks,Inc. Event

A group of Birmingham business professionals created The Lion’s Den event in 2014 to “Inspire, Educate and Mobilize” people to invest their time, talents, and other resources in the Kingdom through “Business as Mission.”

The group created the non-profit Cedarworks, Inc. to produce the event as it encourages a diverse community of participants from around the world and in the Birmingham area.

The Lion’s Den began to establish itself as a forum for action-oriented professionals coming from across the country to network and collaborate.

After multiple requests for more in-depth content, Cedarworks added the Professional Summit to the event. The additional time allows experts to further interact on Business As Mission issues, topics, and case studies.  Other cities followed Birmingham’s lead: Dallas in 2016 and Silicon Valley in 2020.

To illustrate the broad appeal, close to 700 came to The Lion’s Den Main Event in 2019, with 201 Professional Summit Attendees from 11 countries, 76 cities, and 26 states. They participated in a series of plenary sessions on the past, present, and future of BAM, as well as a series of smaller breakout session topics and of course, two great dinners, and a lunch with keynote speaker Greg Lernihan.

Regular Sponsorships For 2022 Have Closed Out!

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