Praxis Academy

2016 Academy Recap

150 top students from over 55 schools were selected for the 2016 Praxis Academy, held August 1-5 on the beautiful Biola University Campus.

During the week-long experience, students were led by the Academy Faculty -- 30 entrepreneurs & thought-leaders -- through talks, curated interviews, and intimate roundtable sessions for an immersive learning experience centered on theology, culture, & entrepreneurship. In addition to the learnings, students built friendships with like-minded peers from around the globe, which we hope one day will result in starting ventures together from a shared-values perspective. 

2017 ACADEMY NOMINATIONS OPEN NOW 

We're pleased to begin the nomination process for our 2017 Academy applicants. If you know of a great candidate who you think should be a part of our next class, nominate them here

If you're a potential applicant, click here to sign up to be the first to know when applications open. 

THANKS TO OUR HOST: BIOLA UNIVERSITY & THE CROWELL SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

 


About the Annual Academy Gathering

Annual Gathering Features


TAILORED PROGRAMMING

We place significant emphasis on personal interaction, intimate settings for serious conversations, and custom-fit programs tailored for each student's specific interests, questions, and talents.

 

INSPIRING COMMUNITY

More of a community than a conference, Academy students build life-long relationships with a community of like-minded peers from around the world.  Academy students also connect to the broader Praxis community, which includes Praxis Fellows - over 100 entrepreneurs who have been through a Praxis Accelerator - the Praxis Core Team, Venture partners, and Praxis Mentors.

 

APPLIED LEARNING

Praxis brings a unique perspective on application; we focus on synthesizing multiple inputs and developing a personal point of view, reaching beyond the challenge of creating a sustainable venture to the ultimate goal building a flourishing life.

 

WHO IT’S FOR

We’re looking for exceptional individuals that are:

  • entrepreneurial in heart & mind (starting a venture is not a prerequisite, but a demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship is important) 
  • interested in exploring how to embody the Gospel in all of life
  • humble, teachable, and value mentorship
  • desiring to serve & give to others
  • serious about Jesus, life, and vocational excellence
  • current undergraduates, or those who have graduated within 18 months of the Academy event dates 

WHAT ACADEMY STUDENTS GET

Our aim is to provide participants with the vision, knowledge, relationships, and opportunities needed to begin a career of entrepreneurship in business, nonprofits, and social enterprises alike. We provide:

  • engaging, interactive presentations by Christian thought leaders and practitioners creating culture through entrepreneurship
  • exclusive Praxis content on building organizations, along with time and space to process and share your own vision and ideas with participants
  • a lifetime network of peers with a shared vision for entrepreneurship as a means for impacting our world in the decades ahead
  • personal access to attending Praxis Fellows, Christ-following business and nonprofit entrepreneurs working out their faith in active startup ventures
  • interaction with Praxis Faculty, entrepreneurial leaders with decades of experience at the intersection of deep faith & world-class competency
  • opportunity for priority application to Future Founders, an entrepreneurial apprenticeship summer program with past Praxis Fellows

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Our hope is to make Praxis Academy accessible to all students, through an extremely high-value program and a number of available scholarships.

2017 FEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN WINTER 2016

  • includes all program materials, five-days / four-nights of lodging, all meals, snacks, & beverages throughout the event, and transportation to/from the airport and during the event (no need to rent a car)
  • accepted participants have the option to pay program fees in full after being accepted, or make a deposit to reserve their seat, and pay the balance closer to the event
  • there are no application, service, or credit card fees

SCHOLARSHIPS

Through the generous support of donors and University Partner Schools, we are excited to provide thousands of dollars in scholarship to help students attend the Academy each summer. There are two main scholarship options:  

  • NEED BASED: After being accepted, students can apply for a need-based scholarship.

We highly encourage students to think entrepreneurially about funding their program fees prior to applying for a scholarship, as it's an essential skill for entrepreneurs to build. We've seen previous students make creative online campaigns, write proposals to their school (yes, even non-faith-based schools have provided grants for their students to attend!), relatives, or create small businesses to fund their way. 

  • PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM: Schools participating in our University Partnership Program at the Partner, Affiliate I, Affiliate II levels have scholarships available for their students (for a current list of schools participating, click here)