community

We facilitate redemptive friendship to work together on mission.

Central to our mission and vision is the work of cultivating a community of practice. For a decade we've been steadily growing a group of friends—now numbering in the thousands—committed to the vision and craft of redemptive entrepreneurship. We seek to challenge and build upon the best practices of the entrepreneurial sector—while rooted in the classical Christian narratives of gospel-shaped identity, vocation, and mission.

This community offers accountability and support in the extraordinary and often lonely vocation of entrepreneurship—always supplementing and never substituting for commitment to the local church.

As a community, we gather in large, local, and virtual settings, share expertise, support redemptive ventures and ideas through capital and mentorship, and much more.

In a very real sense, the Praxis community isn't a support structure for our organizational mission; it is the mission.

Stories of our Community at Work

stories of our community at work

A thorough and mutual discernment process resulted in a fruitful partnership.

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Justin Straight & Bernard Worthy

2018 Business Fellow

In 2018, Co-Founders Bernard Worthy and Justin Straight joined the Praxis Business Accelerator with their fintech company, LoanWell. Their mission is to create wealth generation opportunities through better access to cheaper capital. In early February, after learning they were trying to close a $600K convertible note round, we introduced Bernard and Justin to Andy Muhich.

We had witnessed Andy’s spirit-led and patient approach to partnership in his support of Oye Waddell, a 2019 Nonprofit Fellow leading Hustle PHX. Andy had reached out to Praxis in June 2019 with a desire to shape his family office around redemptive principles. The Muhich Family office recently decided to focus their mission on funding small businesses led by entrepreneurial people of color. Soon Andy and the LoanWell team began mutually discerning the possibility of financial partnership. The three met several times, praying and seeking counsel from others in the Praxis community. In April, Andy and his team committed to a $300K investment, making them the largest investor in LoanWell’s round. Andy shared “I was surprised at how deep we went in such a short time together. My respect for them grew enormously because of how vulnerable they were with me. It spoke a lot to their trust(worthiness) and that they want real partnership.”

Through the support of the Muhich Family Office, Bernard and Justin have continued using technology to provide access to capital for those who have been left out. In their largest program, the North Carolina Rapid Recovery program, 65% of loans have been made to Historically Underutilized Businesses to date. Andy also recently became a Charlotte Guild Co-Founder, and the Praxis partnerships are helping him uncover the redemptive opportunity around access-limited communities hyper-local to the Charlotte Guild.

Community Opportunities

Event attendees meet outside for a breakout session at the annual Redemptive Imagination Summit.

REDEMPTIVE IMAGINATION Summit

an Annual three-day ideas festival for leaders in our community.

We gather as a community for the Praxis Redemptive Imagination Summit—to learn together, celebrate one another's faithful work, and collaborate around new opportunities for redemptive innovation across dozens of cities, sectors, and social challenges.

The 2022 Redemptive Imagination Summit will be held May 11-13, 2022 at the Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, CA. This event is by invitation only. Submit an interest form or nominate someone to attend the 2022 Summit.

PRAXIS Capital

A community of investors & philanthropists creating redemptive impact.

The Praxis Capital initiative blends community, craft, and action into an entrepreneurial approach to both investing and philanthropy. We work with the understanding that the flourishing of any entrepreneurial ecosystem—and the cultural products it produces—is disproportionately shaped by the character and vision of the people behind the capital. In partnership with leading practitioners, we host gatherings, publish content, and share funding opportunities.

With nearly 200 active businesses and nonprofits led by entrepreneurs who are actively building redemptive ventures in the Praxis Portfolio, we have created a platform that provides 140+ investors and philanthropists in our community with access to active deals and projects to consider backing.

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Guilds

Groups of entrepreneurial Christians motivated by their faith to renew culture and love their neighbors.

Guilds are groups of entrepreneurial leaders committed to practicing and advancing redemptive entrepreneurship together in their location. They launch new initiatives, develop the redemptive potential in each other’s work, and build a collaborative network of founders, funders, and next-generation builders motivated by their faith—all in an effort to love their neighbors and renew culture.

Since launching the Guilds program in 2019, Praxis has supported the development and training of Guild founding teams in eight cities across the United States and Canada.

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job board & talent network

An active platform for redemptive ventures in the praxis portfolio to post open jobs that reach people connected to the community.

Both Business and Nonprofit ventures from the Praxis Portfolio regularly post open positions on the Job Board for anyone to explore. We also invite anyone interested in working for a redemptive venture to create a profile on our Talent Network for our Fellows to browse and connect directly with you.

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