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Redemptive Entrepreneurship

—the work of joining God in creative restoration through sacrifice, in venture building and innovation

Praxis, an E+I partner, created this definition and teaches that, as believers, we have hope in the belief that the Lord is going to bring about restoration to all in this earth, and it’s that hope that compels us to go out and create. 

Grove City College is interested in redemptive entrepreneurship because it speaks to the core of who we are as both an institution and individual Christians. We want to empower and equip our students to go out into the world and make a true difference for the common good to further human flourishing…Entrepreneurship is centered on the idea that “there’s gotta be a better way,” and we at Grove City College believe that we have found that better way in the form of redemptive entrepreneurship.

Yvonne J. English

Executive Director of E+I

Praxis Summer Program Updates

Our partner, Praxis Academy, believes that moments of crises are the best time for a creative response. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have redesigned their summer 2020 programs. Instead of their flagship in-person academy week, they’ve created four new opportunities for people to learn and apply redemptive entrepreneurship to their work and life.

Opportunity 1, Discovering Redemptive Action, is complete. Thank you to everyone who participated and made it a success!

Supporting builders, creatives, and entrepreneurs seeking to put their faith into action in life & work.

Supporting founders seeking to deepen their understanding and application of redemptive entrepreneurship.

About Core + Venture

These programs are perfect for current students of all majors and alumni who have graduated within the past three years.

Core Experience

About Core

Core is a communal learning experience for putting faith into action through our work as creatives, builders, and entrepreneurs.

Click + to learn more about each program element.

+ KICKOFF WEEKEND

You’ll gather with all Academy Core & Venture classmates virtually for the launch event. In addition to hearing from 12+ Academy Faculty through Keynotes, Breakouts and Workshops, you’ll meet your Action Group and learn the key frameworks and ideas that we’ll be working with throughout the summer.


+ ACTION GROUPS

Small groups of dynamic peers meeting weekly to discuss big ideas and apply learnings. Groups are personally curated by the Praxis team and are led by top Academy alumni who are already practicing redemptive entrepreneurship in their work and life.

+ MENTOR ROUNDTABLES

Small group sessions where you get to dive deep with a leading practitioner and ask them anything.

+ STARTUP STORIES

Live conversations where you hear the off the record career journey from a founder working at the leading edge of their industry and have the opportunity to ask questions.

+ WORKSHOPS

Longer interactive sessions led by Academy Faculty where you apply learnings in real time.

+ COMMUNITY PLATFORM

A private on-demand communication tool that connects the class with one another. Great for sharing job opportunities, discussing articles, arranging meetups with others who are passionate about a topic, or getting feedback on your idea.

+ CREATIVE RESPONSE MEETUPS

Curated sessions among peers who are interested in a similar topic or problem in the world. Imagine brainstorming with a dynamic group of peers from various fields on how we can creatively respond to global poverty, human trafficking, climate change, coronavirus and the new economies, or the future of church.

+ CAPSTONE WEEKEND

You’ll learn from more of the Academy Faculty, connect with Praxis startups who are looking to hire young professionals, and be commissioned to put your faith into action over the long-haul through your personal redemptive action plan that you’ve developed throughout the summer.

+ HOURS PER WEEK

Core averages 2-4 hours per week during the program depending on participation in optional activities

+ COST

$495.00 USD // SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

Venture Experience

About Venture

Venture follows the Core and adds robust additional programming for founders seeking to deepen their understanding and application of redemptive entrepreneurship.

Click + to learn more about each program element.

+ KICKOFF WEEKEND

You’ll gather with all Academy Core & Venture classmates virtually for the launch event. In addition to hearing from 12+ Academy Faculty through Keynotes, Breakouts and Workshops, you’ll meet your Action Group and learn the key frameworks and ideas that we’ll be working with throughout the summer.

+ ACTION GROUPS

Small groups of dynamic peers meeting weekly to discuss big ideas and apply learnings. Groups are personally curated by the Praxis team and are led by top Academy alumni who are already practicing redemptive entrepreneurship in their work and life.

+ MENTOR ROUNDTABLES

Small group sessions where you get to dive deep with a leading practitioner and ask them anything

+ STARTUP STORIES

Live conversations where you hear the off the record career journey from a founder working at the leading edge of their industry and have the opportunity to ask questions.

+ WORKSHOPS

Longer interactive sessions led by Academy Faculty where you apply learnings in real time. Venture includes additional workshops such as Raising Capital and Building a Pitch Deck that help you apply redemptive entrepreneurship frameworks to your idea.

+ COMMUNITY PLATFORM

A private on-demand communication tool that connects the class with one another. Great for sharing job opportunities, discussing articles, arranging meetups with others who are passionate about a topic, or getting feedback on your idea.

+ CREATIVE RESPONSE MEETUPS

Curated sessions among peers who are interested in a similar topic or problem in the world. Imagine brainstorming with a dynamic group of peers from various fields on how we can creatively respond to global poverty, human trafficking, climate change, coronavirus and the new economies, or the future of church.

+ CAPSTONE WEEKEND

You’ll learn from more of the Academy Faculty, connect with Praxis startups who are looking to hire young professionals, and be commissioned to put your faith into action over the long-haul through your personal redemptive action plan that you’ve developed throughout the summer.

+ PRAXIS VENTURE BUILDING CONTENT

Additional content and teaching from the Praxis team on venture building, including additional exercises in your workbook, and Venture/Investing playbooks.

+ MENTOR ONE-ON-ONE’S

Get one on one coaching from a leading practitioner; multiple opportunities throughout the program.

+ VENTURE BRAIN TRUSTS

Present a key strategic challenge in front of a panel of experts who help you work through the issue.

+ COST

$995.00 USD // SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

+ HOURS PER WEEK

Venture averages 4-10 hours per week during the program depending on participation in optional activities.

Program Timeline

June 19 – 21

Launch Weekend

Academy Core & Venture begin with a Launch Weekend where you’ll gather with all Academy Core & Venture classmates virtually for our launch event. You’ll hear from 12+ Academy Faculty through Keynotes, Breakouts and Workshops, meet your Action Group and learn the key frameworks and ideas that you’ll be working with throughout the summer.

June 22 – August 1

Experience Modules

You’ll continue in weeks 2-7 of the programs with weekly Action Group Meetups, periodic Startup Stories featuring founders working at the leading edge of their industries, and Mentor Roundtables where you get to dive deep in a small group setting. Venture has additional Workshops, Mentor One on Ones, and Venture Brain Trusts.

August 7 – 9

Capstone Weekend

You’ll close out the program with a Capstone Weekend where you’ll learn from more of the Academy Faculty, connect with Praxis startups who are looking to hire young professionals, and be commissioned to put your faith into action through your personal redemptive action plan that you’ve developed throughout the summer.

Ongoing

Pursuing Redemptive Action

Since starting Academy, Praxis has always set out to build a community not a conference. This is not an ending, but a new beginning of pursuing redemptive action in your work and life and staying in touch with the new community of support and friendships you built during Academy 2020. Additional opportunities include ongoing sharing of resources, opportunities and advice through the Academy Community Platform, invitations to annual gatherings such as the Academy Weekend, and special vouch tags on the Praxis Talent Network.

Application Timeline

Open Round

Through May 10

Final Round

May 21 – May 30

Academy Weekend

What

The Praxis Academy Community experience for Summer 2020 Core and Venture Participants, All Academy Alumni, Emerging Founder Alumni, and Partner School Faculty and Staff.

When

Late Fall 2020 // dates and location are tentative, more details will be provided around August 2020.

FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT IN AUGUST 2020

Hear about our students’ experiences at Praxis Academy—

 

More From Our Students

All I can say is it was an amazing experience…. 

I met so many different kinds of people from all over the world, and I got to hear the pains of their society. Their stories taught me the vastness of God’s kingdom- that He has established a global Church. It is our job to work together to love and serve Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit to build His kingdom here. It’s a beautiful thing to see that happen in the sphere of business, and it was a sincere blessing to have a better understanding of what it means to that better for God’s glory.

Zach Lavalla

Class of 2021

It was a life-changing, overwhelming week that filled my mind with inspiration, my heart with encouragement, and my contact list with passionate Godly, redemptive people. It is not just for entrepreneurship majors, in fact it is even more rewarding for people who aren’t entrepreneurship majors. It is how to live an entrepreneurial redemptive life through your future work, NOT how to become an entrepreneur.

Lizzy Higgins

Class of 2021

I loved the endless examples of entrepreneurs that have accomplished tremendous stuff when they just got off center stage and let God take the lead on the venture….

Regardless of major, I think it would be a great experience for people to learn to think entrepreneurial about whatever environment they are in and also to connect with like-minded people who aspire to shape our culture through redemptive action.

Peyton Brogan

Class of 2022