Academy Vocation

Academy Vocation is designed for entrepreneurial builders at a career inflection point, who want to get more deeply prepared for a vocation of redemptive entrepreneurship.

You’ll develop an imaginative roadmap for your work as an early team member, venture founder, funder, board member, or other contributor to the startup community—whether inside your current organization or in a completely different context. 

Academy Vocation is a high-energy, immersive experience with a packed schedule of learning, together with a vibrant community of redemptive ideas, ventures, exemplars, and opportunities. You’ll also have future opportunities to apply for placement at a redemptive venture, or complete the Venture or Ecosystem programs if you qualify down the road. 

The program takes place in person over the five-day Academy Week: August 1-5, 2022, in Los Angeles, CA.

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Academy Vocation

August 1-5, 2022
Los Angeles, CA

MEET THE FACULTY
Who you are now

Early- to mid-career leader with entrepreneurial interest or experience, at a career inflection point

Humble, ambitious Christian seeking to strengthen your faith and apply it as fully as possible in your vocation  

Eager to think deeply and entrepreneurially about your vocation, and motivated to develop a plan accordingly

What you’ll learn

What redemptive entrepreneurship is—in principle, theology, and practice

The “scripts,” mindsets, and practices to guide your vocation of redemptive entrepreneurship

How real-life entrepreneurs are building ventures and practicing redemptive entrepreneurship through the Praxis community

Some of the most essential issues and opportunities for redemptive innovation across sectors and industries

Where you’re going

Considering a shift toward more entrepreneurial work; or

Resolving to participate with clearer redemptive purpose in your existing entrepreneurial roles; or

Founding a venture to address a gap you see in the world; or

Broadening the scope of your entrepreneurial contribution beyond a single venture

Format

Five-day in-person event (approximately 40 hours of active participation) in Los Angeles, CA, with a large global group of participants

Live talks, panels, and intimate roundtables with Academy faculty

Venture pitches by Praxis Fellows (founders of our portfolio ventures)

Discussion and reflection in small groups

Timeline

Application period: April 1–May 25, 2022

Accepted candidates notified: May 27, 2022

Program fee deposit due: June 3, 2022

Academy Week: August 1–5, 2022

Academy Speakers and Mentors

What participants gain

You’ll grow as a leader. You’ll be learning from more than a dozen Academy faculty and speakers—wise leaders with expertise in strategy, operations, and leadership—who are exemplars of redemptive entrepreneurship and active contributors to the Praxis community.

You’ll develop a personal roadmap for redemptive action over the long haul. Ideas are just abstractions until they make their way into your imagination, your practices, and your specific context. Because the goal is to turn your faith and imagination into action, you’ll regularly discuss and apply the principles of redemptive entrepreneurship to your work today—and to what it might be tomorrow. By the end of the week, you’ll have a compact personal roadmap of what it means for you personally to be redemptive and how you intend to do it.

You’ll experience a life-giving community and open up opportunities for collaboration and career advancement. Your cohort for the five days will include a fascinating and diverse group of peers on a similar vocational journey. After Academy Week you’ll have access to a private community platform to share advice, jobs, and connections. And you’ll get a special designation on the Praxis Talent Network, which includes a private job board of all the opportunities in our venture portfolio.

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2022 ACADEMY APPLICATIONs

Applications for the 2022 Academy close on May 25.

Express Interestnominate

April 1 - May 25

Apps Open

May 27

Decisions

Payments due 7 days after decisions sent



                

August 1-5

Vocation Program

Los Angeles, CA


program fees

Program
Fee

$995

includes Double Occupancy room on campus at Biola

Upgrade to Hotel

+ $400

Double Occupancy hotel room with Queen bed

Upgrade
to Hotel

+ $800

Single Occupancy hotel room with King bed


Program Fees include all materials, meals, shuttle to and from LAX airport, and a Double Occupancy room in campus housing. All programs have the option to upgrade housing to a nearby hotel for additional cost.

Upgrade to a hotel with a Double Occupancy room with a Queen bed for $400 per person; or a Single Occupancy room with a King bed for $800 per person. Limited rooms available.

Note: For Double Occupancy rooms, you will be able to choose your roommate if you have a partner or friend attending the event, or you can opt to have Praxis match you with a same-gender roommate.

Scholarship Information


There are two types of scholarships available: Sponsored and Need-Based.

Sponsored
Each year Praxis works with individuals and organizations who fund scholarships for specific types of participants. Examples may include scholarships for founders from a specific region (e.g. Latin America), those affiliated with a certain college or organization, or demographic-based (e.g. emerging female founders). If you were invited to apply for a Sponsored scholarship, please note this in your application — for others, simply complete your application as completely as possible and you will be considered if there is a sponsored scholarship available to you.

Need-Based
Praxis has a very limited number of need-based scholarships. Out of respect for those with the most need, we kindly request that you only apply for a need-based scholarship if you are in an extreme financial situation and could only participate if you were awarded one.


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