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:
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.
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
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
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.