Business Accelerator

Frequently Asked Questions

 

DOES MY STARTUP HAVE TO BE A "SOCIAL BUSINESS" TO APPLY?

No, and yes. Our Accelerator is focused on helping entrepreneurs who feel called to business as a means to do good in the world. This can look many different ways: from having a robust organizational culture that reflects the Gospel, to making business decisions that advance the common good, to having a social component built into the model. We'll have a mix in the program.

 

CAN AN ORGANIZATION HAVE MORE THAN ONE FELLOW?

Each selected organization may bring up to two Fellows (the second seat is an additional $3,000). The first person must be the top decision maker in the organization. The second person should also be a senior member, whether a Board Chairman, co-founder, COO, or otherwise.

 

DO I HAVE TO BE A CHRIST-FOLLOWER TO BECOME A FELLOW?

Yes, we do ask all applicants to affirm the Apostle’s Creed. We require this because we have set out to create an environment where mentors and Fellows are working from the same base of beliefs, encouraging a rich conversation around how faith is expressed in their work. We do not have a denominational affiliation.

 

IS PRAXIS ONLY FOR RELIGIOUSLY OVERT ORGANIZATIONS?

No, organizations that come through our accelerator are not required to have a religious affiliation. Praxis is simply a platform for conversation where leaders can understand how the message of the Gospel impacts their work.

 

CAN I GO TO ONE EVENT AND HAVE ANOTHER CO-FOUNDER ATTEND ANOTHER? WHAT IF I HAVE TO MISS ONE OF THE DAYS BECAUSE OF ANOTHER MEETING?

One of the main benefits of the Praxis Accelerator is the peer community, thus we require all Fellows to attend all three events in their entirety. This also applies to additional Fellows who are admitted as part of a team.

 

CAN I APPLY IF I JUST HAVE AN IDEA?

We accept applications from anyone, but the most competitive applicants will have something in the market. We consider exceptions from proven serial entrepreneurs, senior leaders with deep domain experience, or people working full-time on their idea that will be in market once the program begins.

 

WHAT IF I’M LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE US?

Great! We’d love to have you apply to be part of our program. Please note, if you are not a US citizen you will need to begin visa processing well in advance of the first event.

 

WILL I BE ASSIGNED A MENTOR?

We don’t believe forced, matched mentorship works, and as such all mentorship in the Praxis Accelerator happens organically. We curate an amazing group of over twenty-five mentors that all Fellows will have the chance to personally interact with, through small conversations and one on ones.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PROGRAM FINALE?

Praxis supports Fellows in an ongoing basis by providing access to our Expert Network, participation in our Alumni Network, Alumni Events, and various opportunities throughout the year to re-connect.

 

WHAT TYPES OF APPLICATIONS DON’T YOU ACCEPT?

While we accept many types of applications, we do not look for academic projects, research initiatives, or side projects. Should you have a specific question about if your organization is a good fit, please contact us.