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Hyve Creators 2024

The largest gathering of Adventist entrepreneurs

February 29 - March 3, 2024. Collegedale, TN.

Schedule

Thursday evening

4:30 PM

Registration / Check-in

5:00 PM

Networking & Opening Address

7:30 PM

Student Pitch Opportunity

You’ll get to hear the best student pitches of the year! Coming from major Adventist universities nationwide. 

Friday

9:00 AM

Welcome

Jesse Zwiker  President, Hyve

9:10 AM

GRIT

Jonathan Dysinger, Founder  Farmers Friend

9:30 AM

Business Brains (Panel)

Jared Thurmon, Brittany McKee East, Andrew Yoo, Jonathan Dysinger, Ryan Gersava, Andrew Yoo 

10:00 AM

It Never Gets Easier, but You Get Stronger!

Andrew Yoo — Business Payment Systems

11:00 AM

Missional Business Boot Camp

Materials are only available to those who paid for the boot camp in advance. The main presentation is open to the public.

11:00 AM

Exhibit Hall

12:30 PM

Networking Luncheon

Only for attendees with the meal & networking package. Location: Fellowship Hall, University Church

2:00 PM

Startup Factory Boot Camp

Paid session. Location: South Atrium – LEAD Room

3:30 PM

Ruth! Wake Up!!

Chris McKee — President & COO, McKee Foods

4:00 PM

Hacking Your Brain to be a better Innovator/Entrepreneur

Daryl Gungadoo — Serial Inventor; MIT, Oxford, and Stanford Graduate. A neuroscientific & spiritual perspective on enhancing creatiity, productivity & focus.

4:20 PM

Innovation Talks

Kevin Christenson — Director, Hope Studios

Sam Neves — Assoc. Director GC Communications

4:40 PM

Innovation Panel Discussion

Kevin Christenson, Sam Neves, Daryl Gungadoo, Markus Witte, Daniel Bruneau

5:00 PM

Empathetic Innovation

Daniel Bruneau — CEO, Experience Foundry

5:30 PM

Supper

Only for attendees with the meal & networking package. Location: Fellowship Hall, University Church

7:30 PM

Evening Session

9:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

Until 10:30 PM

Sabbath

9:00 AM

Introduction

9:00 AM

Mission Project in Laos

Gina Plata Nino — Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition and Agriculture​

9:15 AM

My Personal Journey

Ryan Gersava — Founder, Virtualahan

9:30 AM

Creative Thinkers Panel

Michelle Doucoumes, Cynthia Heidi, Sebastien Braxton, Rick McEdward, Jared Thurmon

10:50 AM

Divine Worship

Jeffrey Rosario — The Sacred Calling of Entrepreneurship

12:30 PM

Providence Lunch

Only for attendees with the meal & networking package. Location: South Atrium 

2:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

4:00 PM

Business as Mission

Bledi Leno, Global Mission Urban Center Director

4:10 PM

Why Business Is the Way

Rick McEdward, MENA Union

4:20 PM

10/40 Window Panel

Rick McEdward, Brad Mills, Ruth Boyd, Bledi Leno, Gina Plata Nino

5:00 PM

Head, Not the Tail

Gina Plata Nino — Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition and Agriculture

5:30 PM

Supper

Only for attendees with the meal & networking package. Location: South Atrium

7:30 PM

Lions Den

Seven startups and the winner from Thursday’s student pitch opportunity will be thrown into a cave of hungry investors.

9:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

Might start a few minutes later, depending on the length of the Lions Den. Exhibit hall closes at 10:30 PM.

Sunday

8:30 AM

Breakfast

9:15 AM

1-minute Pitch Event

Open to the public. We have limited availability for new pitchers. Please register on site at 9 AM for a chance to pitch. No slide deck allowed. First come, first served. Location: South Atrium, University Church

10:30 AM

Networking Session

Only for attendees with the meal & networking package. Location: South Atrium

12:30 PM

Investor Lunch

Only for investors.

Networking reimagined.

Our new Networking Package connects you with Adventist business owners, investors, and industry experts during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. No more awkward handshakes or stammering pitches.

Purpose rediscovered.

It's not about making money; it's about sharing your faith. Rediscover your purpose, get our Missional Certificate™, and use Adventism's most innovate method of ministry with your business.

Businesses empowered.

Our Startup Boot Camp gives you hands-on guidance and practical knowledge. Online marketing, sales, business development — learn and grow with experts in the field.

Startups accelerated.

Our investors are putting $1.5 million dollars on the table. They want to support the best startups within Adventism. Join us for the Lions Den.​

$1.5M is waiting.

Seven modern-day Daniels are about to pitch their business in front of hungry investors. Register for the live stream and watch the full event Saturday night.

What our investors want to see

We’re looking for Adventist startups with impact. Each pitch gets evaluated on four levels.

Social Impact

  • Employee satisfaction
  • Customer service
  • Community impact
  • Social product

Spiritual Impact

  • Spiritual Customer Journey
  • Referrals

Environmental Impact

  • Product
  • Processes

Financial Impact

  • Profitability
  • Missional Investments
  • Donations
  • Remuneration

Speakers

Jeffrey Rosario

Professor, Loma Linda University

Michelle Doucoumes

Professor of Business, SAU

Sebastien Braxton

Cofounder, Luminate App

Gina Plata Nino

Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition and Agriculture

Daryl Gungadoo

Serial Inventor; MIT, Oxford, and Stanford Graduate

Rick McEdward

President, MENA

Sam Neves

Associate Director of Communications, GC

Jared Thurmon

Serial Entrepreneur

Jonathan Dysinger

Founder, Farmers Friend

Brad Mills

Field Secretary, MENA

Brittany East

Director of R&D and Quality, McKee Foods

Jesse Zwiker

President, Hyve

Daniel Bruneau

CEO, Experience Foundry

Cynthia Heidi

Fortune 500 Companies Consultant

Chris McKee

President & COO, McKee Foods

Andrew Yoo

CEO, Business Payment Systems

Bledi Leno

Director, Global Missions, General Conference

Irene Bautista

Contributor & Advisor

Vitaliy Lim

CTO and Cofounder, Feroot Security

Locations

Thursday

Collegedale University Church, South Atrium
4829 College Dr E, Collegedale, TN 37315

Thursday night

Thatcher Hall Chapel (Women’s Dormitory)
4871 Taylor Circle, Collegedale, TN 37315

Friday

Iles Physical Education Center
(next to Hulsey Wellness Center)
4870 University Dr, Collegedale, TN 37315

Sabbath

Iles Physical Education Center
(next to Hulsey Wellness Center)
4870 University Dr, Collegedale, TN 37315

Sunday

Collegedale University Church, South Atrium
4829 College Dr E, Collegedale, TN 37315

Overview

Lodging

Are you looking for accommodation? The following hotels are located a short distance from campus and offer a discount to those visiting Southern.  Please note that you have to call them and mention that you would like the “Southern Adventist University Discount.” The hotels might only give this discount to a limited amount of people. Southern Adventist University and Hyve have no control over when the discount is available, but we recommend that you try and give them a call.

Hampton Inn Chattanooga-North/Ooltewah

6145 Weir Way Ooltewah, Tennessee 37363

423-305-6800

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ooltewah Springs

6274 Artesian Circle, Ooltewah, TN 37363

423-591-8500

SpringHill Suites Chattanooga North/Ooltewah

6274 Artesian Circle, Ooltewah, TN 37363

423-301-5669

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can come on Thursday evening or Friday morning and register on site.

You can register for the live stream by clicking on this link.

Unfortunately not. The last day to order your meals was Thursday, February 22. 

Hyve's Networking Package

Have you ever gone to an event and met this one, incredible person that made you think, “wow, the whole trip was more than worth it — just to meet this person!” Well, this year, we’ve designed the entire event in a way so you can experience these kinds of providential moments, but exponentially. 

Connect with the right people during breakfast, lunch, and dinner and advance your business, ministry, or career.

With the Networking Package ($176.50), you will get access to ALL networking sessions, ALL meals, and our special breakout session on Sunday morning with investment opportunities, conversations about AI, and much more.

Thursday 5:30 PM — Finger Food — “Speed Dating” Networking

Friday 12:00 PM — Luncheon — Industry-based Networking

Friday 5:30 PM — Dinner — General Networking

Sabbath 12:00 PM — Luncheon — Missional Networking

Sabbath 5:30 PM — Dinner — General Networking

Sunday 9:00 AM — Breakfast — Interest-based Networking

Sunday 10:30 AM — Topical Networking

LIVE STREAM

Click here to access the live stream at 10:45AM and 7:30PM.