Emerging Founders


Emerging Founders: Entrepreneurial Apprenticeships


EMERGING FOUNDERS IS OUR SUMMER-LONG IMMERSION WHERE STUDENTS EXPERIENCE FIRSTHAND WHAT IT TAKES TO START AND BUILD A HIGH-IMPACT VENTURE. THE PROGRAM HAS A VENTURE TRACK FOR FOUNDERS WORKING FULL-TIME ON THEIR STARTUP, AND A FELLOW TRACK, FOR EMERGING-FOUNDERS WHO WILL BE CUSTOM MATCHED TO APPRENTICE WITH THE FOUNDER OF A PRAXIS PORTFOLIO VENTURE.

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“We learn the truest truths, the most important things, only when we look over the shoulder and through the heart, only when we can see that ideas have legs and that worldviews can become ways of life.”

— Steven Garber, Visions of Vocation

 

APPLICATION TIMELINE

Early Decision applications (All Applicants): 11/7 - 12/4/16
Open Round (All Applicants): 12/5/16 - 2/1/17
*all applications close at 11:59pm Pacific Time on the given date

APPRENTICESHIP DETAILS

Emerging Founders is an intense nine-week entrepreneurial apprenticeship program for undergraduates and recent graduates who are interested in a career of purposeful innovation, serious about their faith, and interested in pursuing a career in entrepreneurship. 

Applicants choose one of two learning tracks: 

Venture Track: For current founders or co-founders of an early-stage venture who work (or plan to for summer) full-time on their startup. They participate in two in-person events but stay where they are working full time on their venture. 

Fellow Track: For those who have a strong desire to be a founder and have an idea or problem they are deeply passion about. They will be 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). 

Both Tracks: 
+ participate in The Immersion (6/2-6/4; NYC Metro); a Kickoff Retreat where the Cohort meets for the first time and is introduced to key concepts and defines learning objectives for their summer experience 
+ attend the Academy 2017 Capstone Week (7/31-8/4; Los Angeles), where 200 students from around the globe gather to share meals and ideas -- led by over 30 founders of high-growth startups 
+ participate in 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 

During the apprenticeship portion of the program, students will have unprecedented access to learn what it's really like to start and build an organization. Students will be in a true apprenticeship role, immersed in the life of the leader from attending key internal and external meetings and taking notes, setting up travel, listening in on phone calls with key partners, observing strategy conversations, managing schedules, and weekly one-on-one conversations. Students will also have a special project to complete, and also be a part of an ongoing learning curriculum led by the Praxis Team.

The program culminates with a leadership track at that year's Academy program in the summer, where students will have personal access to top founders and cultural thinkers. 

WHEN
Program: June 2 - August 4, 2017

WHAT
9-Week Apprenticeship & Mentorship Program on How to Build & Grow A High Impact Venture

WHO
12 Highly Entreprenuerial Undergraduates & Recent Graduates 

The program’s goal is to provide highly entrepreneurial individuals with hands-on exposure to a Christian-led startup environments while developing a core knowledge base through study and conversation with the Praxis team on our potential for social and cultural impact through entrepreneurship. 

 

 

WHAT WE LOOK FOR // FELLOW 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
  • Leaders willing to jump in and help in any area they are called on

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 STUDENTS GET

  • 9-Week Emerging Founders Summer Program, including either mentorship on their startup (Venture Track) or directly apprenticing at a Praxis Portfolio venture -- high-growth startups in Business, Nonprofit, and Social Enterprise located around the globe
  • 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 2017 Praxis Academy

PROGRAM DATES

  • June 2, 2017 // Program Commencement
  • July 31 - August 4, 2017 // Program Culmination at 2017 Academy 

 

Participating Praxis Fellows

Students who make it to the second interview round will give preferences for potential placements. Through the first and second round interviews, we work to find an ideal match startup and founder for the student to apprentice with.

Apprenticeships are at the U.S. based headquarters of each venture; some International organizations may have a possibility to travel abroad for part of the program.

Click here to see the full list of Praxis Fellows -- including the current Business Accelerator and Nonprofit Accelerator Fellows.