This series highlights the ventures and founders participating in the 2019 Impact Accelerator. Leading up to the Venture Showcase, we’re asking each company how their personal values are reflected in their business, and what they would do with $10,000 if they won it at the Venture Showcase this June.

Venture Name: TIEV (Treasure in Earthen Vessels)

Members: Lisa O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer

Venture Description: TIEV (Treasure in Earthen Vessels) is an e-commerce platform which will identify, market, and sell on a global scale, the products of talented artisans in developing countries, who lack the opportunities, finances, tools, and channels to showcase and benefit from their talent. The result of which will be promotion of economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, individual and community sustainment.

How does this business reflect your personal values?
A 2017 missions trip to Haiti ignited a calling in me to more effectively use the talents and gifts that I have been blessed with throughout my life, to bless others. My faith, family, education, and various support systems have provided me the guidance and support that I needed to achieve my goals. This is a privilege others too often struggle to experience. Luke 12:48 states “…For unto whomever much is given, of him shall be much required.” It is my responsibility, as well as my heart’s desire, to help others escape a life of lack by providing the vehicle and tools to foster their growth and development. TIEV is the embodiment of one of my life’s purposes.

If you were to win the $10,000 grand prize at the Venture Showcase, what would you do with it?
The $10,000 will assist artisans with the seed start needed to procure materials to make products. It will also provide the boost needed to market the company and artisan creations to attract customers and others needed to foster TIEV’s success. This in part includes hiring a country liaison who will be essential in providing on-site, hands on support to artisans.