BAM Connect International Summit 2023

Bucuresti, 18th of February 2023

This event will bring together BAM practitioners from Romania, Europe, and beyond. International speakers and roundtable leaders inspire testimonies from BAM Enterprises. We are meeting and encouraging each other. You are welcome in Bucharest at this BAM event organized by the BAM Romania, BAM Connect, and Triventure teams. We use this occasion to celebrate the BAM community in Romania and to bring together Christian business people, start-ups, and potential investors or mentors.

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Main speakers, panelists and roundtable leaders.

Mike Baer

Mike is a veteran of modern BAM. He is a pastor, entrepreneur, theologian, and executive. Mike has led and taught BAM on every continent (except Antarctica). He is a prolific author, speaker, and founder of the Jholdas Project. Mike graduated from Flagler College and Dallas Theological Seminary. Today, he and his wife live in the North Carolina mountains.

Robert Bush

Robert Bush worked for over 25 years as a pharma/biotechnology executive before joining IBEC Ventures as their Managing Director in 2014. Today, his focus is on helping both startup and existing BAM businesses create jobs for the Kingdom. Robert’s love for business and Jesus has allowed him to passionately serve practitioners all over the world.

Mike Baer

Over the past 30 years, Business as Mission has become a clear, modern movement of God in the world. What began as a small, localized effort to reach people with the Gospel through business has become a worldwide phenomenon. BAM exists literally in every nation. Many Christians in Eastern Europe have embraced BAM and is poised to be a true center of and have a major impact on the movement. Longtime BAM pioneer and speaker, Mike Baer, will challenge us to fully engage in this amazing opportunity and how we can do so.

Mike will lead the roundtable discussion on the topic: The pastor and the business person.
Pastors often struggle to effectively engage and equip the business people in their congregation. Michael Baer, former pastor and now senior executive in business, writes to challenge and encourage church leaders in the why, how and what of developing Kingdom minded disciples for the marketplace.

Bob Bush – IBEC Ventures

Lidia Untrece – Good Bureau

Gheorghe Ignat – Urspack 

Emanuel Bistrian – Generosity Path (RO)

Onno Weststrate – Turbocam International

Dan Stafford – The Lion’s Den International

Ruben Marian – Guild Faith

Ryan Crozier –  Good Bureau

BAM Connect Summit

The event will start at 9.00 o’clock and will end around 18.00. Here is a overview of the main sessions.

9:45 - 10:00 | Opening
10:00 - 11:00 | Session 1 - Mike Baer - Making Eastern Europe a BAM Epicenter

Over the past 30 years, Business as Mission has become a clear, modern movement of God in the world. What began as a small, localized effort to reach people with the Gospel through business has become a worldwide phenomenon. BAM exists literally in every nation. Many Christians in Eastern Europe have embraced BAM and is poised to be a true center of and have a major impact on the movement. Longtime BAM pioneer and speaker, Mike Baer, will challenge us to fully engage in this amazing opportunity and how we can do so.

11:30 - 12:30 | Session 2 - Interactive panel

For one hour, we will run a panel discussion with BAM practitioners moderated by Adrian Buhai.

Our guests will be:

Onno WeststrateTurbocam International
Bill Job – Polygon Composite Materials, Xiamen, Tennessee, US
Gheorghe Ignat – Urspack Suceava 
Andreas Samuelsson – Kenosis Design Timișoara

Our guests will answer practical questions about their Business as Mission Model.

14:00 - 15:00 | Session 3 (Roundtables 1)

Roundtable’s too choose from:

Roundtable 1: Mike Baer, Triventure

The pastor and the business person

Pastors often struggle to effectively engage and equip the business people in their congregation. Michael Baer, former pastor and now senior executive in business, writes to challenge and encourage church leaders in the why, how and what of developing Kingdom Minded disciples for the marketplace.
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Roundtable 2: Robert Bush, IBEC Venture

Bringing the Quadruple Bottom Line to Life!
We will discuss the four pillars of the Quadruple Bottom Line (People, Planet, Profit, Purpose) and how each can be attained through a BAM business. Input has been gathered from practitioners in the field who are living out the QBL every day. How do we learn from these individuals and integrate their concepts into our business on a consistent basis? We want to bring the QBL to life in every BAM business. This is our goal!
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Roundtable 3: Bill Job, BAM Entrepreneur Asia
How to intentionally engage your faith at work.

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Roundtable 4: Dan Stafford, Lion’s Den International

The Entrepreneur and the Investor
Entrepreneurs and small businesses often struggle to connect with investors. Even when they do connect, there is often a gap between the diligence the investor is looking for and what the business leader can provide.
This can often lead to little or no results in terms of raising capital, and frustration for both sides. In the Business-as-Mission world there are added challenges as investors are looking beyond just profitability to expect
spiritual and social impact as well.

Drawing from 9+ years working with The Lion’s Den competition, this roundtable will focus on the real-world questions that investors are asking, what elements they are looking for in a business, and how entrepreneurs
in the developing world can prepare to make effective pitches.

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Roundtable 5: Daniel Lar, Guild Faith

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Roundtable 6: Lidia Untrece, Good Bureau

The Entrepreneurial Operating System
(EOS) – is a set of simple concepts and practical tools used by companies around the world to clarify, simplify, and achieve their vision. Look at your business in a whole new way – through the lens of the Six Key Components that will help your business run more smoothly and profitably.

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Roundtable 7: Ruben Marian, Guild Faith

How can you integrate your faith, principles, christian values into your business?
We are called to be Christ’s ambassadors and represent him in the field of business. Ruben Marian will challenge you to explore this subject for your business or you future business and he will explain how the Guild Faith network can help you in your journey as a christian entrepreneur.

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Roundtable 8: S-P O’Mahony,

Relationology International

Appointing Jesus as the Chairman of your Board
Whatever size your business, establishing an advisory board is an invaluable resource that can make all the difference between success &  failure.  Learn about how to design your own board structure appropriate to your context with best practice tips & ideas on how to have a Jesus centred approach in everything you do.S-P O’Mahony has worked in leadership position in different organisations like Malév Hungarian Airlines , Opportunity Microcredit (OMRO IFN SA), Heraldist & Wondermarks and currently at Relationology International and ATG Group (West Europe).
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Roundtable 9: Jeremy Matthews, Authentic Leadership
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Roundtable 10: Emanuel Bistrian, Generosity Path

Being generous!
Emanuel will host a roundtable discussion on generosity. You can discuss with him what it means to be generous in both your personal and professional life. Emanuel is a role model for generosity thanks to his background in business, impact investing, and roles as Executive Director of Generosity Path and President of Asociatia Give First.

Emanuel Bistrian is the Generosity Path Executive Director.He is the Founder of European American Investment Group (EAIG) and Founder and CEO of the award-winning company Westfield Development which is revolutionising the real estate market in Romania by blending the comfort of a US suburb with the strong sense of community found in most European cities. Emanuel is also the President of GiveFirst Foundation which aims to catalyse a strategic generosity movement in Romania and become a source of inspiration to business leaders looking to merge faith and work. Additionally, he serves on multiple boards promoting generosity in Europe. Prior to his work in Romania, Emanuel owned a construction company in Dallas TX, where he also invested in real estate. It is this experience, coupled with his passion for technology, innovation, and product design, which have formed the foundations of his work today.

15:30 - 16:30 | Session 4 (Roundtables 2)

Roundtable’s too choose from:

  • In Session 4, we will have the same roundtables like in Session 3, so you can choose another topic that interests you and switch to another roundtable.

16:30 - 17:00 | Feedback, conclusion and closing

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Date: 18th February 2023
Time: 9:00 – 18:00
Address: Bulevardul Poligrafiei 1, București
Cost: 350 RON

Translation will be offered through an application. Bring your phone and headphones. Before the event we communicate instructions for preparation. 

How registering and payment works?

Click on the link above. You will be taken to a secured payment and registration page. Fill out the form and pay by card. We use Strype as payment provider. The amount is listed in RON. It will be around 70,- dollar/euro.

If you have questions or wish for a different payment method you can always send an email to office@bamconnect.net.