We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus from Wednesday, August 3 at noon through Thursday, August 4 at noon.

For those driving or arriving on your own, please arrive by 12:00pm on 8/3, and come to Crowell Hall - Auditorium. 

For those flying, please schedule your flights: 
Arrivals by 11:00am in to LAX on 8/3
Departures after 4:00pm from LAX on 8/4

Once you have booked flights please send your itinerary to Lori/Jon.


For those driving on their own the event is located at Biola University, the 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 - follow signs to Crowell Hall Auditorium. 

ARRIVALS - we will be picking the following Fellows up at LAX on Wednesday

David Eaton - UA5367 - Terminal 6 // 7:57 AM
Joe Baker - SWA 3280 - Terminal 1 // 9:50 AM
Will Haughey - DL 424 - Terminal 5 // 10:15 AM
Brittany Underwood - AA 2280 - Terminal 4 // 10:26 AM

We will plan a pickup starting at 10:00 AM at Terminal 1, and make our way around. We'll have the driver text you the morning of the pickup. Driver will be in a White Chevy Express 15 passenger van. 

Lodging is proximate to the Biola campus, and unless you indicated you are arriving locally or have other plans, we have booked a room for you checking in 8/3 and checking out 8/4. Please let us know if you have specific needs. 

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

Given that talks will be filmed, we suggest a nice & smart-casual dress.

We kindly ask for slides and any specific presentation needs by Tuesday July 26.

Slides should be in 16:9 widescreen, PDF in the highest resolution possible. Please send your deck to Lori: lori@praxislabs.org

Jon Hart jon@praxislabs.org 612.382.0609 // Speaking Details, Content, Pre-Event Logistics
Dylan Thomas   dylan@praxislabs.org717.669.5920 // Academy Week Logistics
Jeff Wojicki academy@praxislabs.org 574.360.2835 // Academy Week Logistics

We are happy to pay all travel related expenses; we simply need receipts for them in order to comply with strict IRS regulations. 
Please submit receipts to lori@praxislabs.org by August 16 and include the mailing address you'd like a check sent to. 

You can view the full week's event schedule here

We have you down as participating in the following sessions. Please note we'd be happy to answer any questions you might have as you prepare, or introductions to the other speakers you're paired with. If you have a "panel" or "interview" during one of the Plenary Sessions, we will be sending (and posting) more specific questions to you about a week before the event. 


12:00 - 1:00 PM
Arrivals, Lunch & Run Through
*come to Crowell Hall - Auditorium when you arrive on campus

1:00 - 1:50 PM
Filmed Interviews
*while we have you, we'll be filming some interviews asking you about relevant topics related to your startup story and your education background

2:00 - 5:30 PM
Plenary III: Startup Stories with Praxis Fellows // Crowell Auditorium

*Each Fellow will share their 5-minute venture pitch; you will be introduced, and we may have you do a short interview on-stage after your presentation. Timing should be around 5-minutes, but unlike the Finale events, we will not strictly enforce it, as we have some extra time for this particular setting. 

*Jon/Dave/Jessica to do intros for these

Plenary III: Startup Stories with Praxis Fellows // Crowell Auditorium

Jon introduces the afternoon and the Future Founders - "Founders" Track entrepreneurs, who will share 90 second pitches.

  • "Founders Track" Entrepreneur: Brooks Powell - Thrive+ 
  • "Founders Track" Entrepreneur: Will Sevrens - Membands
    • Follow Up: Brooks Powell & Will Sevrens // interviewed by Jon Hart
  • Jon Introduces Jessica Kim, Praxis Venture Partner, who will be doing intro's today, and Roundtables tomorrow 
  • The JOYN Story: Melody Murray // Introduced by Jessica Kim
  • The Webconnex Story: John Russell // Introduced by Dave Blanchard
  • The Gifted Story: Anthony Flynn // Introduced by Jon Hart
    • Future Founders Follow-Up: Janet Adeola & Anthony Flynn // interviewed by Jon Hart
  • The Rey Swimwear Story: Jessica Rey // Introduced by Jessica Kim
  • The Axis Story: David Eaton // Introduced by Dave Blanchard


  • "The Darkside of Entrepreneurship" talk by Will Haughey // introduced by Jon Hart
  • The Akola Project Story: Brittany Underwood // introduced by Dave Blanchard
  • The Save The Storks Story: Joe Baker // Introduced by Jessica Kim
  • The Will Reed Story: Paige Robinson // Introduced by Jon Hart
    • Future Founders Follow-Up: Tanner Dobbs & Paige Robinson // interviewed by Jon Hart
  • The Giving Keys Story: Brit Gilmore // Introduced by Dave Blanchard


  • Business Panel: Jessica Rey, John Russell, Will Haughey // interviewed by Jessica Kim
  • Nonprofit Panel: Anthony Flynn, David Eaton, Joe Baker // interviewed by Dave Blanchard
  • Social Enterprise Panel: Brittany Underwood, Brit Gilmore, Mel Murray // interviewed by Jon Hart

*Those being interviewed or participating in a panel: please check your email for specific questions to prepare for. 

5:45 - 7:30 PM

Future Founders & Praxis Fellow Dinner // Offsite

Il Garage
11200 Beach Blvd
Stanton, CA 90680


Breakfast (on your own, as you prefer: there are two options in the Sheraton: Grille 91 for sit-down, and Starbucks for smaller items and take-away)

8:00 AM      
Checkout & bring luggage, as you'll depart to LAX from campus.  

8:15 AM       
Transportation leaves Sheraton for Biola Campus

8:45 AM       
Arrive & setup for Roundtables at Talbot East

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

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

  • Jessica Kim
  • Melody Murray
  • Jessica Rey
  • Brittany Underwood
  • Paige Robinson
  • Will Haughey
  • John Russell
  • Anthony Flynn
  • Joe Baker
  • David Eaton
  • Jon Hart
  • Josh Kwan
  • Scott Kauffmann

12:00 PM // Departures & Transportation back to LAX. Thanks for being with us!



We have the following Fellows down as needing our group transportation to LAX. Please let Lori & Jon know if you need to be added or removed from this list ASAP. 

Joe Baker: Terminal 1 // SWA 3290, 4:05 PM
Mel Murray: Terminal 4 // AA6066 6:20 PM
Will Haughey: Terminal 5 // DL2362 4:20 PM