Eleven Things To Know About ELO
Here are some other important things to know about ELO!
1. The Entrepreneurial Spirit
ELO was started due to the conviction that Christians are called to the marketplace and that entrepreneurial and innovative people in particular can have an exponential impact if their passion and energy are harnessed for Kingdom-building purposes.
2. Entrepreneurship for All
Entrepreneurship is for everyone. Don’t think in terms of the person, but the process. Not everyone can found and grow a wildly successful company—but everyone can become more entrepreneurial, seeking creative solutions to pressing problems. So, ELO is about empowering people to look for ways to apply creativity and an innovative spirit in all of their endeavours.
3. Sustainable Social Venture
The focus of ELO is to provide a service of value to its constituency at a fair market value which will allow ELO to continue to exist and pursue its vision and mission. ELO is a non-profit organization, but it is not a registered charity offering tax-deductible receipts. In essence, ELO is a social venture: it serves a non-commercial purpose and generates revenue in order to sustain operations
4. Thought Leadership
ELO strives to provide thought leadership in the area of a Christian approach to entrepreneurial leadership. All ELO event draw upon thought leaders from the prestigious academic institutions around the world. Past conferences have included speakers from McGill, Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Baylor, Thunderbird Graduate School of Management and Regent College.
5. Research Core
At the core of the work of ELO is an extensive base of research into the area of Christian entrepreneurial leadership. This is the world’s pioneering and ongoing research study of over 300 Christian entrepreneurs from around the world. The output has included 5 edited books, one authored book, countless articles and blog posts and a basis for public presentations.
An important aspect of ELO is to facilitate the imparting of wisdom and insight from one generation of leaders to the next. The knowledge of entrepreneurs is often not captured. The role of ELO is to gather this information, derive key lessons and then disseminate that information to the next generation of leaders. We believe good theology will lead to good entrepreneurship.
7. Global Network
The Entrepreneurial Leaders Conferences are expanding globally through a joint initiative with World Evangelical Alliance, which represents 600 million Christians worldwide. There is a hunger for learning how to apply faith in the marketplace and to connect with other like-minded people. WEA provides an excellent global network. This year’s events take place in Vancouver, Toronto, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
ELO is a volunteer-driven organization. The organization succeeds only because a wide array of people volunteer their time and energy to the cause. People keep jumping on board because they see the value of what’s being done and they want to be part of it.
ELO is very clear about what it does and what it does not do. There are various groups that minister or work with business people in the marketplace, and they meet weekly or monthly. That’s great. In fact, ELO works with those groups. The focus of ELO is very precise. ELO organizes high-level, large scale, international conferences.
10. Online Resource
One of ELO’s goals is to be the leading online resource for Christian entrepreneurs around the world. ELO is on track with this goal. ELO’s website through word of mouth alone is getting over 50,000 unique visitors annually and growing at a rapid clip. The website provides access to extensive publications and video resources.
A core aspect of the effectiveness of the ELO and gathering together large numbers of people is to facilitate collaboration from throughout the Christian spectrum. This often means breaking down denominational, ethnic and cultural silos. This means breaking down the dead hand of tradition, the inertia of having always done things a certain way. Times have changed rapidly—Christian organizations often do not. ELO is about getting together and uniting on core issues and having a greater impact throughout society.