$100Kopt-in investment CAPITAL
We believe that Christian entrepreneurs who are spiritually serious, culturally astute, and in community are uniquely suited to leverage the power of business for the good of their neighbors—building sustainable ventures that renew culture, bless their people and partners, and embody the love and grace of the gospel.
Through our flagship Business Accelerator, we help entrepreneurs become deeply formed as redemptive leaders who guide their ventures to become more effective, more profitable, and more redemptive in their impact.
This mentorship-driven, non-residential Accelerator equips founders of top ventures as they innovate in their industries. We accept just 12 seed and early-stage ventures every year, with up to two co-founding leaders (known as Praxis Fellows) per venture.
Unlike many conventional accelerators, the Praxis Business Accelerator is fee-based rather than equity-based. The fee enables us as a nonprofit to recoup a portion of the expense of running the program, which is generously subsidized by our donors.
2024 Business cohort Applications
Applications for the 2024 Business Accelerator program are now open through June 2, 2023. The 2024 program cycle itself will begin in October 2023 and run through May 2024. Apply now!
To nominate or recommend a candidate for the program, complete the nomination form. We'll review your nomination and invite them to apply.
Explore the Accelerator
What Praxis offers
During and beyond their participation in the Business Accelerator, Praxis supports the growth, health, and impact of new ventures by equipping entrepreneurs in five critical areas.
Values-Aligned CapitalRead more about praxis capital partners in our FAQs
Enabled by program mentoring, Showcase events, informal gatherings, and other introductions, over $100M in investment and philanthropic capital has been placed into portfolio ventures through our community.
New for the 2024 program, Praxis Capital Partners is an initiative led by generous investors in the Praxis community who are committed to supporting redemptive ventures in our portfolio. All ventures in the Accelerator program will have access to $100,000 in opt-in investment (in the form of a SAFE note or as part of a current round) that may be used to fund areas of greatest need determined by Fellows. This capital will be available to Fellows after the completion of the first in-person event (October 2023) and must be claimed by Summit in May 2024.
This capital allocation is not a direct investment in Fellows by Praxis as an organization; instead, it represents a deepening of our long-standing model to facilitate direct relationships between funders and founders in the Praxis community. We have established Praxis Capital Partners to better connect and engage both groups in the work of building ventures.
Through our Accelerator programming and introductions, Fellows are introduced to dozens of mentors who—in addition to bringing domain expertise and deep insight—are exemplars of redemptive leadership.
In the company of mentors, faculty, and peers, we use the Redemptive Business Playbook and Rule of Life to apply the paradigm-shifting ideas, commitments, practices, and experiences of redemptive entrepreneurship to each Fellow and venture.
We integrate prayer, teaching, and other shared spiritual practices into the program so that we grow in faith as we grow in leadership. We connect Fellows to providers of trusted resources (for marriage health, counseling, and spiritual direction) in the community.
Fellows looking for values-aligned talent for their ventures can post their venture’s open jobs, search on profiles of people who have participated in a Praxis experience, and make connections with others in the community.
What Fellows gain
You'll strengthen your business. In the Accelerator we're working together to make your venture more effective, high-impact, profitable, and redemptive as it grows. You'll regularly discuss and apply powerful principles and specific tactical counsel across the business, in multiple aspects of strategy, operations, and leadership. You'll enjoy access to capital, talent, and other resources to grow your venture, through personal introductions, gatherings, and private tech-based platforms.
You'll grow as a leader. You'll be interacting with dozens of Praxis Mentors—wise leaders with expertise on strategy, operations, fundraising, and leadership. You'll receive sustained personal coaching from our senior program team. As a result, you're very likely to become more effective, more resilient, and more redemptive as a leader.
You'll become part of a life-giving, venture-building community. From day one you're part of a diverse cohort of amazing peers leading early-stage ventures in various sectors, sharing the highs, lows, and insights of the journey to grow your ventures as you grow in your faith. You'll be supported by the Praxis team, a tight-knit group of advocates and connectors ready to help you thrive in the program. And the program is an onramp to ongoing participation in the wider Praxis community, launched at our end-of-program Summit and Showcase with hundreds of active philanthropists, mentors, Fellow alumni, and thought leaders—all focused on the shared work of venture building.
Each Accelerator event is customized to the needs of the Fellows and the expertise of the mentors.
Together we work through the Redemptive Business playbook and
A Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs. We also draw from a library of over 150 topics (briefly sampled here) for supplemental talks, workshops, and breakouts that leverage each mentor's areas of knowledge and passion.
With every component of the Accelerator content—whether it’s about leadership, strategy, or execution—we apply best practices, share personal experiences, and push the redemptive edge of the topic.
Designing products & services that genuinely benefit the world
Digital Product Design: From UX to Impact
Innovation & Reinvention: Adapting with Markets & Moments
Building brands that advance narratives of truth and hope
Brand Strategy: Identity & Ideology in the Marketplace
Thought Leadership: Influencing Your Sector
Advancing a team culture that develops people for the long haul
Building & Managing Tech-Forward Teams
How Money & Equity Shape Mission & Culture
Optimizing for sustainable & measurable value to all stakeholders
Business Model Innovation: Creating Paths to Market
Product to Sales to Customer Success: Redemptive Strategy in the Value Chain
Constructing partnerships of mutuality, integrity, and high performance
Raising Capital: When, If, and How to Finance a Round
Entrepreneurship & Networks: Creating Opportunity Through Relationships
Seeking first the good of others in every aspect of leadership
Being the CEO: The Psychology of Leadership
Entrepreneurship & Worship: How Practices Shape Imagination
Practicing rhythms of work & rest that sustain our energy (and our team's) over the years
Practicing simplicity & generosity to dethrone our preoccupation with wealth and possessions
Practicing limits on our consumption of media & tech to steward and refresh our creative ability
Practicing dependence on God in our discernment, rather than relying on our own autonomous wisdom
Practicing sharing rather than accumulating status and authority to generate possibility for others
Practicing presence and submitting to accountability with others who are not part of our work
The Accelerator runs from October 2023 to May 2024, and is anchored by intensive, multi-day, in-person events, with regular one-on-one coaching sessions with core team mentors and other small-group virtual sessions in between.
Over the course of the program, Fellows interact personally with 35+ mentors and team members through small group discussions and one-on-ones.
Fellows also benefit deeply from the experiences of their peers. They encourage and challenge one another, engage in problem-solving sessions on key issues, and introduce one another to their own networks.
During the Redemptive Imagination Summit in May, Fellows close their program year by presenting to the community (including hundreds of potential funders) in their program Showcase.
April 2, 2023
June 30 - July 15, 2023
October 2-6, 2023
February 5-8, 2024
San Francisco, CA
May 6-8, 2024
Active Community Participation
We've learned what it means to see Aura as a vehicle of God's vision and grace, and how to leverage creativity to focus on achieving our true mission rather than chasing after business metrics.
Co-Founder & CEO, Aura
2019 Business Fellow
Praxis is a phenomenal community filled with wise, helpful and passionate people who have lifted me up every step of the way in my business journey — they stand apart in quality, intentionality and effectiveness. And the Praxis model of Redemptive Entrepreneurship is honestly one of the most life-changing perspectives I’ve ever heard and has truly shaped the way I mentally frame my company.
Founder, Darling Media
2019 Business Fellow
No other organization that I know is so deeply and intentionally leaning into the challenge of bringing a redemptive spirit to our personal and work worlds. Praxis challenges me personally, and those I get to serve, to think and act in ways that are "not of this world."
Lead Director, World Wide Technology
Business Accelerator Mentor
Through Praxis's concepts of redemptive entrepreneurship (and redemptive investing), I have started to reconcile my work as an investor and entrepreneur with the work God has called me to do. This community inspired me to develop an investing thesis that redefines our success metrics around what would glorify Christ.
Allison Long Pettine
Partner, Ridge Group Investments
Business Accelerator Mentor
The Praxis Community is an immeasurably valuable part of my life. I've been regularly challenged (and encouraged) by the Praxis team and community that Sabbath rest, gleaning, and redemptive sacrifice can be practiced consistently. These practices and Praxis’s other frameworks have significantly influenced the way I lead in business, in the nonprofit space, and in my home. You won’t be in many of our team meetings where we don’t discuss how we can operate closer to the redemptive edge.
President & CEO, Refined Technologies
Praxis Capital Community
Through my experience with Praxis, I now think more deeply about what God can do in the lives of entrepreneurs and their customers — and about how I can witness via investing, rather than just mitigating risk through safe bets that are uninspiring.
Managing Director, Joseph Advisory
Praxis Capital Community
As an entrepreneur, so often I am focused on the immediate next thing. Praxis points me to think foundationally about the heart and soul of our company.
Founder & Editor in Chief, Wildsam
2018 Business Fellow
In Praxis I found a community of entrepreneurs and investors who get it. They are the kind of Christ followers I want to be like, and they helped me build our business in real, practical ways. Every time I connect with Praxis people I’m encouraged, challenged, and lightened.
Founder, Mango Fund; CEO, Turaco
2019 Business Fellow
A sampling of the 100+ ventures that have completed or are in the current cohort of the Business Accelerator:
Our accelerators have served 200+ active venturesView the full portfolio
Who Should Apply?
who should apply?
We select ventures that are:
- Post-hunch, actively pursuing traction and growth in what they are building
- Designing an innovative solution in their sector
- Aiming to pursue their mission through a scalable model
- Addressing a critical cultural issue through a redemptive approach
led by serious christians who are:
- Aiming to embody the gospel through a redemptive venture
- Humble and teachable, with a passion for excellence
- Seeking an accountable community to grow together in faith
- Working full-time on their ventures
A note on venture stage: The Praxis Accelerator is designed to support early-stage venture development. This program is best suited for entrepreneurs who have moved past the concept stage and are pursuing growth (whether that is early product-market fit or plans for significant scale). We typically engage entrepreneurs in the first five years of building their venture that have established revenue; however, we regularly include pre-revenue founders that are pursuing ideas at the redemptive edge of their sector that are still proving out model and structure.
we're passionate about building a diverse community of exceptional entrepreneurs from every continent and background, including greater representation of:
- Racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S., including Black, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native/Indigenous people
- Currently underrepresented regions globally, including sub-Saharan Africa, Latin & Central America, and South and East Asia
- Entrepreneurs coming from and working in economically marginalized communities and sectors
A note for working parents: Praxis is committed to supporting entrepreneurs who are balancing the demands of early-stage venture development alongside raising a family. By structuring our program as non-residential, we’re intentional in limiting the amount of travel and hours needed to participate in the Accelerator to three events during the 9-month program cycle. We don’t want the needs of parenting to interfere with your ability to apply or participate in our Accelerator, and we do our best to accommodate working parents through schedule modifications and breaks for nursing mothers.
2024 Business cohort Applications
Applications for the 2024 Business Accelerator program are now open through June 2, 2023. The Praxis team will review applications, conduct interviews, and notify selected candidates by July 2023. The 2024 program cycle itself will begin in October 2023 and run through May 2024.
Through the support of our generous donors, we are able to subsidize most of our actual costs to deliver the Accelerator. Fellows routinely rate the program as delivering exceptional value and impact.
The fee includes all food and accommodations for roughly ten days at the three in-person events, plus program materials and access to all the elements described above.
BUSINESS FELLOWSHIP — $10,000
ADDITIONAL SEAT (for 2nd Fellow) — $2,000
Due to program size and venue commitments, if for any reason a Fellow cannot participate in a portion of the program, the fees are nonrefundable (even in extenuating circumstances).