What Happens at Academy
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
MENTORSHIP 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 examples of previous Faculty here.
CONNECTION & COLLABORATION
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
Learn more about the Peer Community and what we look for here.
WHO IT'S FOR
The Academy is for creatives, innovators, and entrepreneurs who have a strong Christian faith and seek to winsomely express it through redemptive work.
WHAT ALUMNI HAVE STUDIED
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
Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence
Biology / Pre-Med
Health Policy & Global Health
Film, Theater, & Cinema Studies
Human and Organizational Development
& over 65 more....
WHERE ALUMNI HAVE STUDIED
We're thrilled to have had 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 at the time of applying, but as a general guideline we look for next generation leaders who are around the age of a traditional undergradate or recent graduate (18-26).
A SAMPLING OF THE 100+ SCHOOLS WHERE OUR ALUMNI STUDIED:
HOW to join the 2018 Academy
- 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
Our hope is to make the Academy accessible to all, through an extremely high-value program and a number of available scholarships.
2018 ALL-INCLUSIVE PROGRAM FEE: $995
- 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)
- there are no application, service, or credit card fees
PAYING YOUR WAY: FUNDRAISING & SCHOLARSHIPS
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 small businesses.
Through the generous support of donors and our Partner & Affiliate Schools, we are excited to provide thousands of dollars in scholarship to help students attend the Academy each summer. There are two main scholarships:
- NEED-BASED: apply in the early-decision round and share your financial need
- COHORT-BASED: Partner and Affiliates have specific scholarships for a cohort of their students to attend together -- applicants should select their organization from the drop down in the Scholarship section of the application.
Regular-Round applicants (March 2 - April 15) are typically notified within 21 days of applying. A limited number of seats are available during the Late Round through May 25th. Late Round applicants will be notified by May 28th.
Once accepted, a 10% deposit is required to finalize your seat within 14 days; the remaining balance is charged 45 days from the event date on June 15th.
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 attend Academy.
To apply for one of these spots, use the drop-down in Section 04 of the Application and select the partner organization you are applying from.
Scholarships are currently available for:
Abilene Christian University, Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Created Institute, Gordon College, Grove City College, John Brown University, The King's College NYC, Messiah College, Seattle Pacific University, Taylor University, Samford University, Wheaton College.
Learn more about our Partnerships and view the full list here.
If you'd like to inquire about providing scholarships for your students, contact us.
Academy 2018 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 2018 Start and End Time:
Begins: Monday 7/30 in the late afternoon--allowing for early flights in to LAX that day
Ends: Friday 8/3 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; Lodging is provided for 5 days and 4 nights (Monday 7/30 - Friday 8/3) on the Biola University campus. Meals, snacks, and beverages are also provided starting with dinner on Monday and ending with lunch on Friday.