Emerging Founders


Emerging Founders: Equipping the Next Generation of Redemptive Entrepreneurs


EMERGING FOUNDERS IS OUR SUMMER-LONG IMMERSION WHERE NEXT GENERATION LEADERS 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 AN APPRENTICESHIP TRACK FOR ASPIRING FOUNDERS WHO ARE CUSTOM-MATCHED TO WORK ALONGSIDE A PRAXIS FELLOW (AN ALUMNI OF OUR BUSINESS OR NONPROFIT ACCELERATOR).

Meet the 2017 Emerging Founders
 

“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

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 entrepreneuers are selected through a rigurious 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 Tracks: 
+ participate in a Kickoff Retreat (6/2-6/4 in NYC) where the Cohort meets for the first time, is introduced to key concepts and defines learning objectives for their summer 
+ attend the Academy 2017 (7/31-8/4 in Los Angeles): our week-long intensive where leaders from around the globe gather to share meals and ideas -- led by over 30 founders of high-growth startups 
+ 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 2 - August 4, 2017

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

WHO
12-14 Highly Entreprenuerial Undergraduates & Recent Graduates, selected through an applicaiton process 

 

 

 

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 2017 Praxis Academy

Participating Praxis Fellows

Candidates applying for the Apprentice Track have the opportunity to be custom-matched to apprentice alongside one of the over 100 Praxis Portfolio ventures. Throughout the process, we work to find an ideal match startup and founder for the candidates who make it past the first round of interviews. 

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.