A community of next-generation leaders pursuing redemptive innovation & impact

WELCOME TO ACADEMY

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CONGRATULATIONS on your acceptance into the 2019 Academy Week! 

We can't wait for you to experience Academy. You'll share meals and late-night conversations with a peer group full of inspiring, passionate innovators. You'll engage with the Faculty--world-class entrepreneurs and cultural thinkers who are at the forefront of this work. And along the way, we hope you discover something special: a personal vision for how to participate in God's redemptive work in the world. 

So let's get started! Here are all of the details and steps to get you from here to Biola for the opening session on July 29.


01: CLAIM YOUR SEAT

First things first: we need you to claim your seat by submitting a $100 Deposit, or Full Payment per the terms outlined in your offer email. Note that if you applied in the late round, you will need to submit a payment quickly to claim one of the limited seats remaining.

Your program fee covers your entire Academy experience, including materials, meals, snacks, lodging, and ground transportation to and from the airport (if flying).

If you received one of the limited need-based or partner scholarships, please check your acceptance email for critical details on your registration and follow the instructions. If you're financially strapped and need that summer paycheck to kick-in, we'd be happy to discuss payment options with you. Just email us.

02. EVENT SCHEDULE

While your full event schedule won't be revealed until your arrival, here's some general information. 

Academy 2019 Begins: Monday July 29, 3:00pm
Academy 2019 Concludes: Friday August 2, 1:00pm

  • Each day will have a variety of activities including content from our Faculty, breakouts, workshops, group discussions, conversations over meals, and some entertainment mixed in.

  • You'll pre-register for some of your sessions (breakouts and workshops), and others you'll register for on-site. This allows for maximum flexibility, and you choose which of the Faculty you'd like to meet for smaller conversations during the infamous roundtables.

  • We'll have an Idea Pitch Night, where everyone will have a chance to give a 90-second pitch on an idea or cause they're passionate about. It's a way to connect with potential co-founders or people you may end up working with someday, as well as hear some really inspiring ideas.

  • Overall, your days will be full -- since we're only together for a short time we pack a lot in -- and there will be significant emphasis placed on being present to build the life-long relationships we often see come out of the community. Bottom line: we think you'll want to plan ahead so that you can be completely unplugged from email and work or personal obligations.

Be Sure to Get Work Off ...

Whether it's an internship or full-time gig, make sure that you're ready to be in LA for the week. You can request a time-off letter from us by clicking below. We'll email you a PDF that explains to your employer why you need time off.

 

03. EVENT LOCATION & BOOKING TRAVEL

We're excited to be on the beautiful Biola University campus, located 30 miles outside of Los Angeles in La Mirada, CA.  All events, meals, and lodging are on campus, so there will be no need to rent a car. We provide arrival shuttles on Monday from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Biola, and a return shuttle on Friday from Biola back to LAX.  In order to arrive on time for the event kickoff, and back to the airport with enough time to catch your departing flight, you must book in the time windows we outline on the travel details page. Please review those carefully before booking travel.

 04. SUBMIT ON-BOARDING BY June 17

Once you have claimed your seat by paying and arranged your travel, you’ll need to submit your On-Boarding survey. This helps us arrange for your ground transportation, rooming, meals, and more, as well as learn about some of your learning preferences for the event.

 

05. PREPARE & SUBMIT AN ELEVATOR PITCH FOR IDEA NIGHT by July 1

Everyone has the opportunity to submit a video application for Idea Night. Those who are selected will share a 90-second "elevator pitch" of your idea with the entire class on the final night of Academy Week. This is a great way for current & aspiring founders to connect with others who are interested in the idea, get feedback and potentially even find a co-founder or others who want to work on the venture with you. All stages and types of ideas are welcome — don’t be shy, go for it! We selected you in part because we saw an entrepreneurial spirit in you and we want to see you share your ideas with others! Read up on Idea Night, including some exercises, tips and tricks, and the Submission form.


WHATS NEXT

If you're as excited as we are about 2019 Academy Week, give a shout out on social media! If you're on Twitter or Instagram, we're @praxislabs and also on Facebook -- we'll be using #Academy2019.

This website will serve as your central point of communication for all details related to the event and we'll be updating content along the way. We'll also send you emails roughly every other Tuesday from May 14 leading up to the event, and recommend adding academy@praxislabs.org to your contacts so these important messages make it to your inbox. 

Should you have any questions that aren't answered on any of the pages on this event site, give us a shout over email at academy@praxislabs.org. 

Again, congratulations on your acceptance. We can't wait to see you on July 29! 

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Jon Hart
Partner, Praxis
Praxis Academy Lead