Published on September 10, 2019 by Morgan Black  

Samford University will once again become the stage for entrepreneurs from across the globe to propose their business plans at the sixth annual Lion’s Den event on Thursday, Oct. 10. 

Hosted by Samford’s Brock School of Business and presented by Cedarworks Inc., the goal of the Lion’s Den is to inspire, educate and mobilize people to invest their time, talents and other resources in the Kingdom through a “business as mission” (BAM) platform.

The “Shark Tank” style event invites international entrepreneurs who want to operate as a BAM company to pitch their plans to a live audience and the panel of “lions”. The lions will evaluate the company’s ability to produce financial, social, conservation and spiritual results, known as the “quadruple bottom-line” and will choose a winner to receive funding from a group of accredited investors.

Attendees will have the opportunity to become involved in BAM through networking with its companies and leaders. 

Events open to the public include: 

Exhibit Hall and Networking 

Samford University, Wright Center

2 – 4 p.m.

Network with business leaders and view exhibits from local and international business as -related companies.

Lion’s Den 2019

Samford University, Wright Center

4 – 6 p.m.

Three businesses will present to a panel of lions in a pitch competition similar to a “Shark Tank” experience with a twist.

“We are honored to host the Lion’s Den event year after year,” said Brock School of Business interim dean Chad Carson. “We always look forward to meeting the local, national and international guests that come to Samford’s campus for this unique event – the exposure and networking opportunities it provides for our business students is unprecedented.” 

The 2018 event welcomed more than 325 attendees from 10 countries, 82 cities and 25 states. To purchase tickets to experience the 2019 event, go to

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.