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

2019 Academy WEEK


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Keynotes & Workshops

Each day of the Academy is different; we place a special emphasis on designing an engaging learning experience that is both inspiring and action-oriented. We do this through a combination of keynotes, breakouts, roundtables, workshops, venture-pitches, idea-pitches, concerts. 

Examples of Previous Topics and Sessions: 

- Culture Making: Reading and responding to the world around us

- Becoming a Creative Minority: Influencing culture through creative participation

- An Alternative Imagination: How the Gospel re-shapes our why, what, and how

- Creatively Responding to Issues of Race and Gender

- Design Thinking: Building something people want

- Loving a Broken World: Persistence amidst the struggle to create change

- Silicon Valley, Technology, & the Future of Culture

- The Imagination of the Entrepreneur: Where good ideas come from

- A Conversation for Women in Entrepreneurship, with women who are leading the way

- Ambition, Startups, & Life Management

- Get Backed: Raising capital for your idea (with the authors of the bestselling Get Backed)

- Developing High-Level Mentoring Relationships & Building Advocates

- Calling & Passions: Choosing what to work on and finding your cherished topic

Mentoring from leading practitioners

Academy is led by a group of 25+ practitioners who embody the principles of redemptive entrepreneurship. We think it's important for our Faculty to transcend the stage and have lots of more personal engagement, so we create multiple opportunities throughout the week for that. One highlight: Participants have personal access to small-group conversations with the Academy Faculty during Roundtables, where they are encouraged to ask tough, off-the-record questions. 

See some of the 2019 faculty here.


We create intentional opportunities to build a life-long peer community through:

Peer Roundtables: curated sessions centered on a common interest--be it a problem you're passionate about solving, a field of study, or a city you're moving to after graduation.

Idea Pitch Night: where anyone can share their idea (even if it's in the beginning stages!) and ask for feedback or recruit potential co-founders.

Interactive Workshops: whether you're already working on an idea, or discerning your career path, these sessions are intentionally designed for you to lean on others for insight.

Unstructured Time: we think some of the best ideas and connections happen when people are just hanging out--whether it be enjoying a concert (last year Propaganda and The Brilliance came), eating some of SoCal's best tacos, or perfectly toasting s'mores at the fire-pit.

The Praxis Academy community was amazing—to be around like-minded Christians who were passionate about the same things. This was by far the best-run conference I have ever attended.
— David, Economics major, Harvard


Academy week is for creatives, innovators, and entrepreneurs who are serious about their faith and seek to winsomely express it through redemptive work

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Redemptive work applies to every industry and requires a diversity of thought and skill sets. Each year we look for candidates that span this spectrum -- what knits them together is a shared faith and a bent toward participating in the renewal of all things through creatively using their talents and skills. Here are just a few of the 80+ majors that have been represented at Academy:

Accounting & Finance

Architecture & Design

Aerospace Engineering


Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence


Biology / Pre-Med

Health Policy & Global Health

Chemical Engineering

Women's Studies 

Film, Theater, & Cinema Studies

Corporate Strategy

Creative Writing



Human and Organizational Development



Religious Studies

& over 65 more....


We're thrilled to have Alumni from some of the top schools -- both Christian and secular. If that's not you, don't let it be intimidating, we believe that top entrepreneurs & innovators can be found anywhere -- including non-traditional paths. You don't have to be enrolled at a college or university, but as a general guideline we look for next generation leaders around the age of a traditional undergraduate or recent graduate (18-26). 


Baylor University

Berkely University

Brown University

The University of Chicago

Calvin College

Cornell University

Davidson College

Gordon College

Georgetown University

Harvard University

University of Michigan

New York University

The Ohio State University

University of Pennsylvania

Princeton University

Reed College

Seattle Pacific University

University of Southern California

Stanford University

Vanderbuilt University

University of Virginia

Washington University in St. Louis

Westmont University

Wheaton College


HOW to join the 2019 Academy

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- Next Generation: current undergraduates or recent graduates (within the past ~5 years)

- Creatives, Innovators, & Entrepreneurs: having a startup is not a prerequisite, but a demonstrated interest in redemptive work is important

- Diverse in Thought, Background, and Interests: we encourage individuals and types of schools to apply

- Serious about Faith, Life, & Vocational Excellence

- Humble, Teachable, & Collaborative


Program Costs

Our hope is to make the Academy accessible to all, regardless of financial means, through an extremely high-value program and a number of available scholarships.


- there are no application, service, or credit card fees


- includes all program materials, five days / four nights of lodging, all meals, snacks, & beverages throughout the event, and transportation to/from the airport (no need to rent a car)


FUNDRAISING: We encourage candidates to be entrepreneurial to help offset program fees: we've seen success in creative crowd-funding, proposals to schools, pitches to mentors/friends, and even creating small businesses.

Through the generous support of donors, alumni and Partners, we are excited to provide thousands of dollars in scholarship to help students attend the Academy each summer. There are two main types of scholarships:  

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS: There is a Scholarship section in the application to share your financial situation to see if you qualify for a need-based scholarship. Apply in the Early Action round by March 1 for your best chance.

COHORT-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS: Praxis Academy Partner Schools and certain organizations have scholarships set aside for their students. In the Scholarship section you will find a drop-down of the Schools and Organizations that have Cohort Scholarships available, simply select the one you are a part of. The organization will determine the scholarship allocations.


Each year, we select a class of next-generation leaders to be a part of the Academy through an online application process. Applications typically open in January and run through mid-April, and have multiple rounds. For best chance of selection and scholarship, we recommend applying in the Early Decision round.

Academy 2019 will have 3 Application Rounds:
Early Action, Open, and Late Application Rounds.


Each year a group of schools and organizations partner with Praxis to reserve full-scholarship seats for a cohort of their next generation leaders to be a part of the Academy. 

To apply for one of the full-scholarships, use the drop-down in Section 04 of the Application and select the institution you are applying from. 

Learn more about our Partnerships here.

If you would like to inquire about providing scholarships, contact us.

Location & travel

Academy 2019 will be on the beautiful campus of Biola University, located just south of Los Angeles.

Accepted applicants will be sent an on-boarding site that includes detailed information on flights, transportation, lodging, meals, and how to prepare. 

Academy 2019 Start and End Time:
Begins: Monday 7/29 in the late afternoon--allowing for early flights in to LAX that day
Ends: Friday 8/2 in the early afternoon--allowing for evening flights out of LAX
*specific details about flight times will be emailed to accepted applicants


Shuttles to and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and all other event transportation is provided so there is no need to rent a car. 

Lodging and Food: 
Program Fees are all inclusive once you arrive in Los Angeles. Lodging is provided for 5 days and 4 nights (Monday 7/29 - Friday 8/2) on the Biola University campus, and all meals, snacks, and beverages are provided starting with dinner on Monday and ending with lunch on Friday. 


Best chance for Acceptance & Scholarships

Best chance for Acceptance & Scholarships



Each year, we invite 25+ leading thinkers and practitioners of redemptive entrepreneurship to be on the Academy Faculty. They represent a cross-section of businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprise -- both domestic and internationally. Academy students get personal access to the Faculty through workshops, breakouts, and roundtables. 

Below is a sampling of the 2019 Academy Faculty:

Jessica Kim   CEO & Co-Founder Iannacare

Jessica Kim
CEO & Co-Founder Iannacare

Dave Evans   Lecturer, Stanford; Author,  Designing Your Life  Co-Founder, Electronic Arts

Dave Evans
Lecturer, Stanford; Author, Designing Your Life
Co-Founder, Electronic Arts

Andy Crouch   Partner, Praxis, Theology & Culture Author,  Culture Making; Playing God; Strong & Weak

Andy Crouch
Partner, Praxis, Theology & Culture
Author, Culture Making; Playing God; Strong & Weak

Peter Greer   CEO, Hope International; Author,  Mission Drift; The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

Peter Greer
CEO, Hope International; Author, Mission Drift; The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

Brett Hagler   Co-Founder & CEO, New Story

Brett Hagler
Co-Founder & CEO, New Story

Jon Hart   Partner, Praxis, Praxis Academy Founding Board Member, 100cameras

Jon Hart
Partner, Praxis, Praxis Academy
Founding Board Member, 100cameras

Nedgine Paul Deroly   Founder, Anseye Pou Ayiti Obama Fellow,  Forbes  30 under 30

Nedgine Paul Deroly
Founder, Anseye Pou Ayiti
Obama Fellow, Forbes 30 under 30

Brit Gilmore   President, The Giving Keys  Forbes  30 under 30

Brit Gilmore
President, The Giving Keys
Forbes 30 under 30

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