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

emerging founders develops top entrepreneurs in the academy community

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ABOUT

Emerging Founders develops entrepreneurs already building a redemptive venture who plan to make it their full-time work. Through a combination of in-person and virtual events, Founders are mentored through a year-long process of “Learning, Discerning, and Designing”

Each year 8-12 members of the Academy Community are selected for this fellowship that begins with a special track during Academy Week (held in August) and continues on for 9-months. Thanks to generous supporters, the program itself remains effectively free of cost and we do not take an equity position in the venture in exchange for mentorship, as many similar programs do. 


EMERGING FOUNDERS IS A 9-MONTH FELLOWSHIP THAT INCLUDES IN-PERSON AND REMOTE EVENTS TO GUIDE EARLY STAGE FOUNDERS THROUGH THE PRAXIS PROCESS OF LEARNING-DISCERNING-DESIGNING AS THEY SEEK TO MAKE THEIR VENTURE A FULL TIME CAREER.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

JULY 28 - AUGUST 2, 2019  LOS ANGELES, CA   Emerging Founders kicks off 1 day prior to Academy Week where the cohort meets in-person for the first time. They then participate in our flagship event where they learn the core principles of Redemptive Entrepreneurship and begin to apply them to their ventures. By the end of the week, Founders set milestones for the program and leave with a clear plan for their personal and venture development over the 9-month fellowship.

JULY 28 - AUGUST 2, 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA

Emerging Founders kicks off 1 day prior to Academy Week where the cohort meets in-person for the first time. They then participate in our flagship event where they learn the core principles of Redemptive Entrepreneurship and begin to apply them to their ventures. By the end of the week, Founders set milestones for the program and leave with a clear plan for their personal and venture development over the 9-month fellowship.



NOVEMBER 2019  NEW YORK, NY   After working on their ventures and participating in the remote programming, Founders will convene for an in-person mentorship event at the Praxis HQ in New York City. They will be personally coached through the Learn-Discern-Design process by the Praxis team and a handful of mentors who are leading practitioners.

NOVEMBER 2019
NEW YORK, NY

After working on their ventures and participating in the remote programming, Founders will convene for an in-person mentorship event at the Praxis HQ in New York City. They will be personally coached through the Learn-Discern-Design process by the Praxis team and a handful of mentors who are leading practitioners.

AUGUST 2019 - MAY 2020  REMOTE COHORT PROGRAM   In between the three In-Person events, Emerging Founders work on their ventures from wherever they choose and continue learning through virtual engagements.   Pods  are groups of 3-4 peers who are in a similar stage/type of venture who meet weekly to share progress, best practices, and encourage one another toward key milestones.   Meetups  are monthly teaching sessions on key aspects of venture building or startup stories from leading founders.   Office Hours  are opportunities to meet with subject matter experts on brand, story, prototyping, hiring, fundraising, operations, and more.

AUGUST 2019 - MAY 2020
REMOTE COHORT PROGRAM

In between the three In-Person events, Emerging Founders work on their ventures from wherever they choose and continue learning through virtual engagements.
Pods are groups of 3-4 peers who are in a similar stage/type of venture who meet weekly to share progress, best practices, and encourage one another toward key milestones.
Meetups are monthly teaching sessions on key aspects of venture building or startup stories from leading founders.
Office Hours are opportunities to meet with subject matter experts on brand, story, prototyping, hiring, fundraising, operations, and more.

SPRING 2020 SAN FRANCISCO or NASHVILLE   Between the Fall and Spring events, Founders continue learning and working on their venture and being coached through the virtual engagements. They come back together to share the latest updates on their venture through a new and improved pitch deck and meet another group of mentors who provide feedback and coaching as the Founders get closer to determining the long-term viability of the startup as their full-time career.

SPRING 2020
SAN FRANCISCO or NASHVILLE

Between the Fall and Spring events, Founders continue learning and working on their venture and being coached through the virtual engagements. They come back together to share the latest updates on their venture through a new and improved pitch deck and meet another group of mentors who provide feedback and coaching as the Founders get closer to determining the long-term viability of the startup as their full-time career.


Emerging Founders taught me how to structure my venture around my faith. While we are often told to work harder and faster to measure up, I learned to set aside time for the discipline of stillness and reflection on God’s word. Ultimately, this helps me to make decisions in my venture based off faith in God’s abundance over the world’s message of fear and scarcity.
— Tiffany, 2017 Emerging Founder & graduate of Pepperdine University

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MEET THE 2019 EMERGING FOUNDERS

This years founders are working on exploring redemptive possibilities through their ventures on issues from automation to criminal justice, fashion, healthy food, homelessness, financial literacy, generosity, and more. Click through the image to learn more about each.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR & HOW TO APPLY

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WE LOOK FOR
FOUNDERS WHO ARE

  • Undergraduates or recent college graduates (within ~3 years)

  • Leading ventures that are beyond the "dreaming" or "idea" stage

  • Serious about their Christian faith and have a desire to build Redemptive Entrepreneurship into the fabric of the venture

  • High-capacity and action-oriented (grades don't matter as much as demonstrated experience)

  • Working on the venture either Full-Time or Part-Time (20+ hrs/wk) during the program (August 2019-May 2020), with an aspiration to make it their full-time work

  • Operating as the top decision maker in the organization, although certain exceptions are considered (applicants can also apply as co-founders)

WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT
VENTURES THAT ARE

  • Solving a significant social/cultural/pain point problem

  • Beyond the "Idea" stage—we look for thoughtful founders who have invested some effort into their ideas and are not just in the dreaming stage

  • Businesses, nonprofits, social enterprises—we believe legal structure is a strategy question and are more interested in helping founders determine the right vision/mission/model that will most effectively solve the problem

  • Have an initial vision for how the principles of Redemptive Entrepreneurship would apply to their venture (if not already integrated)

  • Innovative in their approach and implementation


PROGRAM FEES

Emerging Founders is a one of a kind opportunity as we seek top founders who are either currently working full-time on their venture or testing viability so that they can do so. This is a unique position in the life stage of the founder and venture, so we’ve designed a high value program that has as little additional cost as possible for the Founder, thanks to our generous supporters.

To help with that process, Praxis:

  • Takes no equity in the venture

  • Covers costs for all program materials and books

  • Covers lodging, meals, and ground transportation for the Fall and Spring Mentorship Events

Emerging Founders cover:

  • $995 Academy Week program fee

  • Travel costs needed to get to the in-person events (Los Angeles, NYC, San Francisco)

  • Note: there is no additional fee for the year-long Emerging Founders Fellowship


APPLICATION PROCESS

Emerging Founders are selected from within the Praxis Academy Community, so applications are by invitation. There are 2 ways to recieve an invitation to apply:

  • Academy Alumni will be emailed an application link on March 1, 2019.

  • Non Alumni will first need to apply to Academy Week. In Section 02 of the application complete the “Emerging Founders Qualification” questions to share about your venture. We periodically review Academy applications and invite qualified candidates into the Emerging Founders process.

2019 APPLICATION TIMELINE

 
Non-Alumni are encouraged to apply to Academy Week’s  Early Action round. We evaluate these applications and invite qualified candidates into the Emerging Founders selection process.

Non-Alumni are encouraged to apply to Academy Week’s Early Action round. We evaluate these applications and invite qualified candidates into the Emerging Founders selection process.

Academy Alumni may apply directly starting March 2.  Non-Alumni will still need to apply to Academy Week and select the Emerging Founders option before being invited into this selection process.

Academy Alumni may apply directly starting March 2.
Non-Alumni will still need to apply to Academy Week and select the Emerging Founders option before being invited into this selection process.

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APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 HAVE CLOSED BUT WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM INTERESTED CANDIDATES FOR THE 2020 EMERGING FOUNDERS


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LEARN ABOUT THE CHANGES TO 2019 EMERGING FOUNDERS

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