WELCOME TO THE 2017 ACADEMY

From July 31 - August 4, we'll welcome ~200 next generation entrepreneurs who are current undergraduates and recent graduates to our fourth annual Praxis Academy week-long intensive.

Academy 2017 IS hosted on the beautiful campus of Biola University in La Mirada, CA, and features an applied learning experience led by the academy faculty: a curated group of 30 entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaderS (meet them here).

 

MONDAY, july 31

4:00-7:00PM
Plenary I – Redemptive Entrepreneurship
Crowell Auditorium

Welcome & Praxis Vision
Jon Hart
Partner, Praxis Academy

A Theology of Work & Entrepreneurship
Katherine Leary Alsdorf
Founder, Redeemer Center for Faith & Work

Culture Making: Reading & Responding
Andy Crouch
Author & Praxis Scholar

Alternative Imagination
Dave Blanchard
CEO & Co-Founder, Praxis

Talkback and Q&A
Katherine Leary Alsdorf, Andy Crouch, Dave Blanchard

7:00PM
Academy Class Dinner & Opening Night Social - Student Union Building
Dinner: Speakers & Partner Schools, Talbot East - Conference Room 114

Tuesday August 1

BREAKFAST OPTIONS
- Given the varying morning routines for those staying at the Sheraton, we've opted to let you choose your own breakfast options that are available in the hotel lobby (sit-down or quick-serve). Keep your receipts and submit for reimbursement after the event.

8:00AM // TRANSPORTATION FROM SHERATON TO BIOLA
For those needing a ride, please meet in the lobby by 8:00AM; Scott Kauffmann, Dave Blanchard, and/or Josh Kwan will be driving speakers to campus.

For those arriving on your own, please arrive on campus by 8:20AM and come to the Crowell Auditorium. 

9:00AM-12:15PM
Plenary II – Theology - Culture - Entrepreneurship
Crowell Auditorium

Worship, led by The Brilliance

SECTION I // THEOLOGY: VOCATION, MOTIVES, & AMBITION

Implication & Responsibility // Talk, 15 minutes
Steven Garber

Lessons From an Ambitious Plan to Change the World // Talk, 15 minutes
Jena Lee Nardella

Reflection on Motives & Calling

SECTION II // CULTURE: READING & RESPONDING

Cultural I.Q. // Talk, 15 minutes
David Bailey

Love: The Alpha & Omega of Startups // Talk, 15 minutes
Jessica Kim

A Conversation on Race, Gender, and the Social Fabric of Society // Panel, 15 minutes
Jessica Kim, Christy Vines & Anthony Flynn

SECTION III // ENTREPRENEURSHIP: MOVING FROM INSIGHT TO BUILDING

Design Thinking: Empathy & Rapid Prototyping // Talk, 15 minutes
Jessica Munro

Co-Founders & Building Your Team // Conversation, 15 minutes
Kurt Keilhacker and Dave Blanchard

Fundraising & Building Relationships // Conversation, 15 minutes
Josh Kwan and Jessica Kim

12:15-1:15PM
Lunch
Cafe Biola

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM BREAKOUT I  

VENTURE FORMATION: STARTING FROM SCRATCH (DFR) 
Anthony Flynn, Jessica Kim // TE, 107 

DESIGN THINKING: CREATING SOMETHING PEOPLE WANT (DFR) 
Jessica Munro // TE, P08 

LOVING A BROKEN WORLD: PERSISTENCE IN VOCATION (CS) 
Jena Lee Nardella, Steve Garber // TE, 108 

DEVELOPING A VOICE: IMPACT THROUGH SPEAKING & WRITING (DFR) 
Scott Kauffmann, David Bailey // TE, 113 

STORYTELLING FOR IMPACT & CRAFTING YOUR PITCH (DFR) 
Jon Hart // TE, 109 

VENTURE CAPITAL & VENTURE PHILANTHROPY: CAREERS, TRENDS AND OPPORTUNITIES (AI) 
Josh Kwan, Tom Blaisdell // TE, P07 

SILICON VALLEY, TECHNOLOGY, THE GOSPEL & THE FUTURE OF CULTURE (AI) 
Kurt Keilhacker, Dave Blanchard // TE, 111

3:00 PM - 3:45PM BREAKOUT II  

RAISING CAPITAL FOR YOUR IDEA (DFR) 
Kurt Keilhacker, Jessica Kim, Tom Blaisdell // TE, P08 

DEVELOPING HIGH-LEVEL MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS (CS) 
Anthony Flynn, Dave Blanchard // TE, 107 

CALLING & PASSIONS: FINDING YOUR CHERISHED TOPIC (AI)
Scott Kauffmann, Jon Hart, Steve Garber // TE, 108 

WORKING INTERNATIONALLY: IMPLICATIONS, TRENDS, AND POSTURES (AI) 
Jena Lee Nardella, Christy Vines // TE, P07

IMPACT MODEL & THEORY OF CHANGE: MISSION DRIVEN VENTURES THAT SCALE (DFR) 
Josh Kwan // TE, 113

MAKING THE LEAP IN A SERVICE OR FREELANCE BUSINESS
David Bailey, Jessica Munro // TE, 111

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM BREAKOUT III

THE IMAGINATION OF THE ENTREPRENEUR: WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM (AI) 
Dave Blanchard, Steve Garber // TE, P08 

DIVERSITY AND DESIGNING CULTURAL I.Q. INTO YOUR VENTURE (DFR) 
David Bailey, Anthony Flynn, Josh Kwan // TE, 111 

A CONVERSATION FOR WOMEN IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP WITH WOMEN LEADING THE WAY(CS)
Christy Vines, Jena Lee Nardella, Jessica Kim, Jessica Munro // TE, 107 

AMBITION, STARTUPS, & LIFE MANAGEMENT (CS) 
Kurt Keilhacker, Scott Kauffmann // TE, P07

STORYTELLING FOR IMPACT & CRAFTING YOUR PITCH (DFR) 
Jon Hart // TE, 108 

5:30PM - 7:00PM
Outdoor Dinner
Sycamore Lawn

7:30 PM
Wednesday morning Roundtable Registration Open for Academy Class (register online)

Wednesday August 2

BREAKFAST OPTIONS
- Given the varying morning routines for those staying at the Sheraton, we've opted to let you choose your own breakfast options that are available in the hotel lobby (sit-down or quick-serve). Keep your receipts and submit for reimbursement after the event.

8:00AM // TRANSPORTATION FROM SHERATON TO BIOLA
For those needing a ride, please meet in the lobby by 8:00AM; Scott Kauffmann, Dave Blanchard, and/or Josh Kwan will be driving speakers to campus.

For those arriving on your own, please arrive on campus by 8:40AM at Talbot East, Andrews Banquet Room. 

7:30-8:30AM
Breakfast Available
Cafe Biola

9:00AM
Morning Worship
Talbot East - Plaza Level, Outdoor Courtyard

9:15AM-12:00PM
Roundtables
Talbot East, Andrews Banquet room & Plaza Level Classrooms

12:00-1:15PM
Lunch Available
Cafe Biola

1:30-6:00PM
Plenary III – The Startup Journey
Crowell Auditorium

SECTION I // EMERGING FOUNDERS VENTURE TRACK PITCHES

Pee Wee Packs // Hannah Vaccaro
APFYT // Josh Payne
Wahi Ride // Diego De La Hoz
Fathering.Me // Justin Stimpson
Thoughtfull // Nathan Otey
Illuminate International // Jordan Perkins
Restoration Apparel Co. // Michael Mitchell
Gomae // Kenton Jarvie

SECTION II // PRAXIS FELLOW PITCHES & SPOT INTERVIEWS

Goalbook // Daniel Yoo
Gifted // Anthony Flynn
Saving Innocence // Kim Biddle
Human Trafficking Institute // Victor Boutros
Rey Swimwear // Jessica Rey
FreeTextbooks // Jonathan Robinson
May Designs // Micah May
Tegu // Will Haughey
Liberty in North Korea // Hannah Song
The Congregation // Joel Newton 

6:00-7:00PM
Dinner
Cafe Biola

7:30 PM
Wednesday morning Roundtable Registration Open for Academy Class (register online)

8:00-10:00PM
Private Concert – An Evening with Propaganda, The Brilliance, & Friends
Crowell Auditorium

Thursday August 3

BREAKFAST OPTIONS
- Given the varying morning routines for those staying at the Sheraton, we've opted to let you choose your own breakfast options that are available in the hotel lobby (sit-down or quick-serve). Keep your receipts and submit for reimbursement after the event.

8:00AM // TRANSPORTATION FROM SHERATON TO BIOLA
For those needing a ride, please meet in the lobby by 8:00AM; there will be a shuttle van providing rides to campus from the hotel. 

For those arriving on your own, please arrive on campus by 8:40AM at Talbot East, Andrews Banquet Room. 

9:00AM
Morning Worship
Talbot East Courtyard

9:15AM-12:00PM
Roundtables
Talbot East, Andrews Banquet room

12:00-1:15PM
Lunch
Cafe Biola

2:00-5:00PM
Workshop: 
Designing Your Life
Talbot East - Andrews Banquet Room
Dave Evans
Stanford Lecturer & Co-Author, Designing Your Life

5:30PM
Outdoor BBQ Dinner
Sycamore Lawn

7:30PM
Student Idea Pitch Night
Giumarra Courtyard next to the Library

Friday August 4

BREAKFAST OPTIONS
- Given the varying morning routines for those staying at the Sheraton, we've opted to let you choose your own breakfast options that are available in the hotel lobby (sit-down or quick-serve). Keep your receipts and submit for reimbursement after the event.

8:00AM // TRANSPORTATION FROM SHERATON TO BIOLA
For those needing a ride, please meet in the lobby by 8:00AM; Scott Kauffmann, Dave Blanchard, and/or Josh Kwan will be driving speakers to campus.

For those arriving on your own, please arrive on campus by 8:15AM at Crowell Auditorium.

8:20AM // FRIDAY MORNING SPEAKER REHEARSAL
Crowell Auditorium

9:00-12:00PM
Plenary IV – A Living Manifesto for the Academy Class of 2017
Crowell Auditorium

Identity, Meaning, & Social Impact As a Way Of Life
Allison Trowbridge

The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good
Peter Greer

A Creative Minority
Jon Tyson

Grace Re-Framed: A Call to Action
Dave Evans

Closing & Commissioning
Jon Hart 

12:00PM
Checkout & Lunch
Sigma Hall

1:00PM
Departures
Buses return to LAX for those staying on campus
Speaker transportation will be arranged separately and is shared in your custom schedule page