Emerging Founders

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Emerging Founders: An Entrepreneurial Immersion for Top Next Generation Founders


EMERGING FOUNDERS IS OUR SUMMER-LONG IMMERSION WHERE EARLY-STAGE FOUNDERS ARE MENTORED THROUGH THE VENTURE BUILDING PROCESS. OUR UNIQUE NON-EQUITY PROGRAM SELECTS A GROUP OF TOP FOUNDERS EACH YEAR AND HAS THEM WORK FULL-TIME ON THEIR VENTURE OR APPRENTICE WITH A PRAXIS FELLOW (ALUMNI OF OUR ACCELEREATOR) AS THEY APPLY THE PRINCIPLES OF REDEMPTIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN REAL-TIME. 

EACH YEAR PRAXIS SELECTS A COHORT OF HIGH CAPACITY FOUNDERS FOR OUR UNIQUE MENTORSHIP DRIVEN, NON-EQUITY PROGRAM THROUGH A HIGHLY COMPETITIVE APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW PROCESS. 
APPLICATIONS FOR THE SUMMER 2018 COHORT WILL BE OPEN NOVEMBER 1 - DECEMBER 20.

 

MEET THE 2017 EMERGING FOUNDERS

PROGRAM DETAILS

Emerging Founders is a nine-week entrepreneurial immersion for undergraduates and recent graduates who are serious about their faith and pursuing a career in entrepreneurship. 

Each summer, a cohort of 12-14 high-capacity next generation entrepreneurs are selected through a rigorous application and interview process. There are two immersion paths:

Venture Track: For current founders or co-founders who are working full-time on their startup. They participate in two in-person events (the start and end of the summer), as they work on their venture while participating in weekly coaching and curriculum. 

Apprenticeship Track: For leaders who have a strong desire to be a founder and have an idea or problem they are deeply passion about. They are custom matched with a high-growth startup and spend their summer apprenticing directly alongside the founder (one of our Praxis Fellows, who have been through the Praxis Accelerator). Far more than a typical internship, apprentices get unprecedented access to the life of the founder and learn through first-hand experience what it's like to start, grow, and build a venture. 

Both The Venture and Apprenticeship Tracks: 

  • Participate in a Kickoff Retreat (6/1-6/3 in NYC) where the Cohort meets for the first time, is introduced to key concepts and defines milestones for their summer 
  • Attend the Academy 2018 (7/30-8/4 in Los Angeles): our flagship week-long intensive where leaders from around the globe gather to share meals and ideas on what it means to be a redemptive entrepreneur
  • Engage in twice-weekly video calls in our Speaker Series featuring entrepreneurs like Evan Baehr & Evan Loomis, Henry Kaestner, Jessica Kim, Jena Nardella, and more
  • Receive mentorship and coaching on how to start, build, and grow a venture 
  • Have access to Office Hours with Praxis Partners and Praxis Fellows

WHEN
June 1 - August 4, 2018

WHAT
9-Week Venture building program centered on Redemptive Entrepreneurship 

WHO
12-14 Highly entrepreneurial undergraduates & recent graduates, selected through an application and interview process 

WHERE
Participants attend a Kickoff Retreat in NYC, then work on their venture full-time from anywhere for the summer, and attend the Academy Capstone in Los Angeles July 30-August 4.

 

Josh Payne, a CS Major from Stanford and 2017 Praxis Emerging Founder, sharing the vision for his startup APFYT on the Main Stage at the 2017 Academy

 

WHAT WE LOOK FOR // APPRENTICE TRACK

  • Undergraduates or Recent College Graduates 
  • Serious about Christian-faith, and interested in how it influences their way of thinking, living, and building
  • Entrepreneurially minded individuals with a history of leading, proposing new ideas, or starting ventures
  • High-capacity students with a demonstrated maturity in uncertain and pressure situations
  • A posture of humility, learning, and thoughtful input
  • Willingness to work hard, be flexible, and jump in to help in any way possible while they work alongside a high-growth startup 

WHAT WE LOOK FOR // VENTURE TRACK

  • Undergraduates or Recent College Graduates
  • Founder or co-founder of a venture that is beyond "idea stage" and into "concept-launch" (have a brand/logo, website, & in the process of building or launching their first product)
  • Are working on a venture that represents a significant social/cultural problem 
  • Serious about Christian-faith
  • Interested-in, and open-to Christian-centered mentorship on their venture 
  • Working full-time on their startup for the summer

WHAT EMERGING FOUNDERS GET

  • 9-Week Summer Immersion, including either mentorship on their startup (Venture Track) or directly apprenticing with a founder of a high growth startup (Apprentice Track)
  • Mentorship from the Praxis Team: An Experienced Group of Entrepreneurs & Leaders 
  • Advanced curriculum & discussions with the Emerging Founders Cohort throughout the summer
  • Speaker Series, learning from top entrepreneurs and cultural thinkers like Evan Baehr, Andy Crouch, Jena Lee Nardella, Jessica Kim, and more. 
  • Build deep, life-long relationships with an outstanding group of like-minded peers in your Emerging Founders Cohort 
  • Paid Seat for the Leadership track at the 2018 Praxis Academy