We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus from Tuesday, August 2 at 9 am through Wednesday, August 3 at noon. We have you down as arriving via flight AA183, at 10:10 am.

We have you down as renting a car for your time with us.

The Biola campus is located at:
13800 Biola Ave
La Miranda, CA 90639

Enter at the Main Entrance off La Mirada Blvd (Google Maps link here) to University Boulevard. Stop at the Security Checkpoint right inside the gate and ask for instructions to Parking Structure S (which is located on your right side, about 0.5 miles down University Drive). 

Once you park at Structure S, follow signs to Crowell Hall (which is located North, via a street named Chase Way). 

Lodging is proximate to the Biola campus, and we have booked a room for you checking in Monday and checking out Wednesday, in a bunk-bed room with Evan Baehr. 

Sheraton Cerritos Hotel
12725 Center Court Drive South
Cerritos, CA 90703

We will be filming the event, and request your permission to do so for your talk; if you haven't sent your signed waiver in yet, please send to lori@praxislabs.org 

Given that talks will be filmed, we suggest a nice & smart-casual dress. Please help your roommate with this. 

We have your presentation for the Main Stage - please let us know if you'd like any for your breakout sessions. 


Jon Hart   jon@praxislabs.org       612.382.0609// Speaking Details, Content, Pre-Event Logistics
Dylan Thomas   dylan@praxislabs.org    717.669.5920 // Academy Week Logistics
Jeff Wojicki academy@praxislabs.org 574.360.2835 // Academy Week Logistics 

Please submit receipts to jon@praxislabs.org by August 16.

You can view the full week's event schedule here


9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plenary II: Theology, Culture & Entrepreneurship // Crowell Auditorium at Crowell Hall

  • The Brilliance: Worship

Section 1, Theology: Vocation, Motives, & Ambition

  • Phoebe Miles: A Theology of Sweat: Entrepreneurship & Hard Work
  • Allison Trowbridge: 22: Lessons on Vocation & Calling
  • Peter Greer: The Spiritual Danger of Doing Good

Reflection Break, feat The Brilliance

Section 2, Culture: Responding to Societal Issues

  • Nnena Ukuku, Anthony Flynn & David Gungor: Race and the Social Fabric 
  • Allen & Ayaka Lu: Entrepreneurship and the Economic Gap

Section 3, Entrepreneurship: Moving from Insight to Building

  • Dave Blanchard: Design Thinking: Empathy and Rapid Prototyping
  • Kurt Keilhacker: Co-Founders: Finding Great Partners
  • Evan Baehr & Evan Loomis: Fundraising: Building Relationships (15 minutes)

2:00 - 2:45 PM
Breakout I: Talkbacks from Plenary I & II // Students Choose On-Site

  • Fundraising & Building Relationships with Evan Baehr & Evan Loomis // Talbot East, PO8

  • Vocation, Motives & Ambition with Phoebe Miles, Allison Trowbridge & Kurt Keilhacker // TE, PO7

  • Entrepreneurship & Culture's Most Significant Challenges with Anthony Flynn, Nnena Ukuku, Allen Lu & Ayaka Lu // TE, 1O7

  • Knowing & Loving the World with Jena Lee Nardella & Scott Kauffmann // TE, 108

  • Spiritual Danger of Doing Good with Peter Greer & Paul Park // TE, 111


Talkbacks give students an opportunity to meet with a main stage speaker and discuss a topic they spoke about more deeply. Students will choose talkbacks on-site after hearing the speakers in the AM Plenary. 

For these, we ask that the Moderator open up the time by welcoming students and introducing themselves (if they haven't already been on a main stage session). From there, they will ask students what questions they have and convene a conversation with the speaker on the topic. 

Speakers should be prepared to share additional insights, ideas, and stories on the topic that did not fit in to the main stage presentation. We invite speakers to share their best stories -- including the hard ones. Where you're able to share the off-the-record, more vulnerable stories, we encourage you to do so, as the students glean much from those types of conversations. 

3:00 - 3:45 PM -- BREAKOUT I

  • Venture Formation: Starting from Scratch with Evan Loomis, Nnena Ukuku & Anthony Flynn // Talbot East, P08

  • Storytelling for Impact with Allison Trowbridge & Jon Hart // TE, 109

  • The $3M Pivot: Design Thinking Case Study from Outbox to Able with Dave Blanchard & Evan Baehr // TE, 108

  • Working Internationally with Jena Lee Nardella & Paul Park // TE, 107

  • Career Discernment with Kurt Keilhacker and Peter Greer // TE, 111

  • Entrepreneurship & The Church with Scott Kauffmann & Jon Tyson // TE, P07


Breakouts will have between 10-30 students who pre-registered for the specific session you're leading. They are meant to be a deep-dive conversation between the mentors involved. Co-mentors will spend the first 15-25 minutes sharing their best stories, ideas, and frameworks on the topic. If you know specifics about your co-mentors background, a conversational tone where you're sharing the stage and bouncing ideas back & forth / interviewing one another is a great way to lead out.

After that, please open it up to student Q&A for the last 15-20 minutes. The sessions are 45-minutes, and there is a lot of ground to cover in that time, but we do want you to lead out with some content first before changing over to Q&A. 

A short description of the session and mentors expertise on the topic is below each. If you want to read further about your co-mentor, view our 2016 Faculty here.

SESSION FRAMING // Venture Formation: Starting from Scratch
With Evan Loomis, Nnena Ukuku, Anthony Flynn

We’ve all heard people claim “hey, I had that idea” when they see a cool new startup -- perhaps you’ve found yourself saying it. While many people are flush with great ideas, entrepreneurs are the ones who act on an idea. This session will focus on the ever-present “I have an idea: what next?” question. Moving from an idea to creating an organization that others can finance and join you in is one of the most difficult phases, and is often muddy. 

Evan Loomis is a serial entrepreneur who has led the Praxis Business Accelerator the past three years. He is also a mentor for the TechStars Accelerator, and co-author of “Get Backed.” Evan will discuss moving the idea into a concept -- creating the language and story of the organization through a pitch deck.

Nenna Ukuku will bring years of expertise from Silicon Valley -- founding ventures of her own, and helping numerous startups incorporate as a Partner at Venture Gained Legal -- to share wisdom about legal, and investment structuring. 

Anthony Flynn -- founder & CEO of Gifted, and author of The Execution Pipeline -- will share thoughts from his book about how to set goals and milestones to move an idea forward. 

4:00 - 4:45 PM - BREAKOUT II

  • Media, Arts, & Entrepreneurship with Allison Trowbridge & Jon Hart // TE, 111
  • Your First Hire(s): Founders, Org Culture, & Equity with Kurt Keilhacker & Evan Loomis // Talbot East, P07

  • Ambition, Startups, & Life Management with Evan Baehr & Peter Greer // TE, P08

  • How to Form and Retain High-Level Mentoring Relationships with Jena Lee Nardella & Anthony Flynn // TE, 109

  • Countercultural Entrepreneurship with Dave Blanchard & Bob Caldwell, Jr. // TE, 108

  • Developing a Voice: Impact through Speaking & Writing with Scott Kauffmann & Jon Tyson // TE, 107

SESSION FRAMING // Your First Hire(s): Attracting Great Talent, Dividing Equity, & Building Organization Culture
With Kurt Keilhacker & Evan Loomis

Talent is consistently talked about as the most critical factor in whether a startup will succeed or fail. The Bible, too talks about this "without vision, the people will perish." The "cool startup" tales sound like our childhood dreams in a workplace -- pingpong tables, personal chefs, unlimited vacation days, and a dress code of hoodies & skinny jeans -- what really makes up the core of a successful team?  This session will delve much deeper into this question beyond what is discussed in the "Co-Founders" short-talk from the main stage. From questions on if you should start a venture with a non-believer, to building strong relationships and identifying great talent, as well as structuring the partnership agreement and dividing equity.

Kurt Keilhacker -- who has 20+ years of Venture Capital experience and seen every type of founder-relationship go both good and bad -- has a knack for pairing talented people to start ventures that find a way to succeed, even if their first idea doesn’t work. Much of Kurt’s success is in his ability to attract, retain, and structure partnerships between founders. He will share key insights and practical tips.

Evan Loomis -- co-founder of both TreeHouse and Wedgewood Circle, and a former Investment Banker -- has a knack for his ability to work with founders through the good and the bad of their marriage-like partnerships. Evan will share his experiences from coaching dozens of co-founders from top startups in both the Praxis and TechStars Accelerators.


Breakfast // On your own at hotel restaurant or Starbucks
Please Check-out & Bring Luggage to campus, as you'll depart right after the roundtables to LAX

8:15 AM

Meet in Lobby for Transportation to Biola
Jena Nardella & Dave Blanchard driving speakers who need transport

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Roundtables // Talbot East

Three, 45-minute sessions (9:20, 10:15, 11:10) where 5-12 students engage with a mentor in a roundtable, open Q&A format covering a variety of topics. Students will register for roundtables after hearing from each mentor on Tuesday; each mentor will have a table where they host the session, and there will be no need to prepare specific materials. 

Your time with us concludes at 12 noon on Wednesday. Thank you for your involvement!