Labs

A Building block for entrepreneurial Ecosystems.

Many high-capacity leaders in the global Praxis community are searching for ways to serve like-minded entrepreneurs in their city, within an industry, or around a particular issue by running experiences that develop a venture-building community in their context.

What is a Lab?

Labs are 3-day, pre-designed, locally hosted gatherings that leverage Praxis’s broadly-applicable content and mentor-driven format and allow Labs Teams to contextualize the experience.

Across the gathering, founders are introduced to the Redemptive Frame, share vision presentations, discuss the content of the Redemptive Playbooks, and synthesize their learnings for personal and venture application.

Founders leave the Lab with an understanding of redemptive strategy, operations, and leadership; a series of prototypes to run in their venture; and relationships with peers and mentors for ongoing support.

Labs are hosted locally by Labs Teams who have been trained by Praxis and have a license to run them in their city.


Who is Labs Team Training for?

Praxis looks to partner with place-minded builders who have a passion to see redemptive entrepreneurship advanced in their city. Each location should have a team of 2 people who are trained and work together to run Labs and other Praxis experiences. We look for:

  • Humble, ambitious Christian builders with entrepreneurial experience
  • A desire to serve founders and help them integrate the Redemptive Framework
  • Convening power with founders, mentors, and funders in their city
  • Visionary, yet action-oriented and able to execute a world-class experience
  • A team of 2 with complementary skill sets: (1) a Lead who is ultimately responsible for the license, vision, budget, and recruiting and (2) an Integrator who leads planning and execution.


What is Labs Team Training?

Training begins with a 3-day in-person immersion with the Praxis team. Think of it as going through a Lab as a participant and then getting a behind-the-scenes tour to see how it all works.

The next phase of training is virtual and self-paced. We provide a resource library of how-to videos, systems, templates and tools—complemented by  virtual office hours with the Praxis team.


Training concludes when Labs Teams submit an implementation plan. Upon approval, Praxis grants a license that:

  • Allows them to run as many Labs as they'd like in their location for 1 year
  • Gives them access to other, similar Praxis experiences 


At the end of the year, we meet to mutually discern license renewal.

Key tools offered by Praxis to Labs Teams include:

  • Founder application
  • Mentor invitation email copy
  • Mentor and founder onboarding surveys
  • Pre- and post-program founder self-assessment surveys
  • Event book template (with our Redemptive Playbook content and follow-up exercises)
  • Lab website template
  • Airtable database for CRM, event planning, and program management


For more detail, see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Labs Team TRAINING

March 4-6, 2024 OR March 6-8, 2024
August 19-21 OR August 21-23, 2024 // Submit interest by March 1, 2024
Location: New York, NY 

Who you are now

Humble, ambitious Christian seeking to live out your faith as fully as possible in your vocation, and eager to help other entrepreneurs do the same

Experienced entrepreneur with capacity and passion to bring your experience to bear across many ventures; or

Active leader and developer of local entrepreneurial ecosystem with a platform to convene founders, mentors, and funders

What you’ll learn

How to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem and run a Lab in your context

What redemptive entrepreneurship is—in principle, theology, and practice—and how to guide others in its application

Guided “insider tour” of Praxis’s frameworks, principles, and tools for growing a venture-building ecosystem

Where you’re going

Using the Lab as a tool to convene, test, catalyze, and sustain a venture-building ecosystem in your context

Format

Labs Teams first go through training at a 3-day in-person intensive in New York, NY, with talks, panels, and mentoring with the Praxis team

Virtual Planning Process—videos, templates, tools, content—to develop Labs plan

Office hours with the Praxis team for ongoing support as you run Labs

Timeline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis


Next Steps

APPLY FOR A FUTURE LAB TEAM TRAINING

Praxis hosts 2 annual Labs Team Trainings that take place in March and August. Each training has a limited number of seats, made available through a rolling, invitation-driven process that incorporates those who are very active in our community as well as those who are looking to be. For those ready to host Labs in their city, please fill out the Interest form below and note which of the trainings you'd like to join.

The form should be completed as a team of 2 (see "What We Look for").

If you have further questions, consult the FAQ or you can email us.

APPLY TO HOST nominate


REDEMPTIVE LABS TRAINING & LICENSE FEES
Thanks to the generosity of our funding community, Labs Team Training and licenses are offered at no cost. Labs Teams are responsible for the cost of their own travel and lodging for the in-person training, held in New York City, NY, USA. Participants from outside of the USA in need of financial assistance for travel costs can inquire about a limited number of international travel scholarships.