We have you scheduled to be with us at the event on campus from Monday, August 1 through Friday, August 5. We do not yet have your final flight details. Please send those to Lori@praxislabs.org as soon as possible.

We have you down as renting a car for the week. 

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 Friday. 

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.

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

Slides should be in 16:9 widescreen in PDF format at the highest resolution. Note slides can be saved as a PDF from PowerPoint or Keynote, which preserves font and image integrity. Please send any decks to Lori: lori@praxislabs.org 

We greatly appreciate your help in reducing the chances of on-site issues by sending any presentation materials or needs by 7/26.


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 

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 jon@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. 

Thanks so much for being with us! We look forward to a great event together. 


3:00 - 6:00 PM    
Plenary I: The Why of Entrepreneurship // Crowell Auditorium -- located in Crowell Hall (note this is not the same as the Crowell School of Business) 

  • Jon Hart: Welcome to the 2016 Academy (10 minutes)
  • Jon Tyson: Becoming a Creative Minority
  • Dave Blanchard: An Alternative Imagination
  • Barry Corey: Video Greeting
  • Jena Lee Nardella: Knowing the World & Loving the World
  • Jon Hart: A Vision for the Entrepreneurial Generation (10 minutes)
  • The Brilliance: Worship


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

  • The Brilliance: Opening Worship

*Jon to Intro Here (3 minutes)

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

*Jon Outro (10 minutes)

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Future Founders Private Lunch // Location TBD

3:00 - 3:45 PM
Breakout II // Students Pre-Register 

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

  • Storytelling for Impact with Allison Trowbridge & Jon Hart // Talbot East, P07

  • The $3M Pivot: Design Thinking Case Study from Outbox to Able with Dave Blanchard & Evan Baehr // TE, 111

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

  • Career Discernment with Kurt Keilhacker and Peter Greer // TE, 108

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

Storytelling for Startups: Beyond the Investor Pitch to Cultural Impact
With Allison Trowbridge, Jon Hart

While Shark Tank may imply that it’s “all in the pitch,” storytelling impacts every facet of the organization. From how you talk about yourself as a founder, to sharing what the organization really does (and will do), and how to attract talent and dollars -- it’s no wonder great founders are oft considered the best storytellers. In this session, we’ll share practical tips on how to craft the story, brand, and language of the organization. 

Allison Trowbridge -- who built the brand at Not For Sale as they went from 2 employees to a global nonprofit with reach in the millions, has produced films, and consulted various social enterprises -- will share tips and best practices. 

Jon Hart -- who has worked with dozens of entrepreneurs on their storytelling, executive produced a film, and chairs the board of a photography-storytelling nonprofit -- will bring a multidimensional perspective to the conversation. Jon is also “Expert in Residence in Storytelling” at the Catapult Incubator, and will share the framework he has taught to over 200 young aspiring entrepreneurs. 

4:00 - 4:45 PM
Breakout III // Students Pre-Register

  • Media, Arts, & Entrepreneurship with Allison Trowbridge & Jon Hart // Talbot East, 109

  • Your First Hire(s): Founders, Org Culture, & Equity with Kurt Keilhacker & Evan Loomis // TE, 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, 111

  • Countercultural Entrepreneurship with Dave Blanchard & Bob Caldwell, Jr. // TE, 115

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

Media, Arts, & Entrepreneurship
With Allie Trowbridge, Jon Hart 

As profiled in a recent Atlantic article entitled “The Death of the Artist -- and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur” -- the role of the artist has changed dramatically. How do we -- as Christians, bearing the image of God -- consider the cultural implications of this merger between the arts and business? How can the artists -- be it photographers, filmmakers, musicians, artisans or any type of creatives -- thrive while focusing on their craft amidst the pressures to make money? 

Allie Trowbridge has served on the Board of Wedgewood Circle -- an angel investment group that focuses on Christian culture makers in film, music, and the arts -- and is a founder of the Copper Pictures film studio. She will share her perspective from hearing hundreds of pitches from artists of all kinds, and working on independent films with far-reaching culture-shaping potential. 

Jon Hart is a founding board member and current Chairman of 100cameras and has been an executive producer of a successful independent film. He will share his experience working with artists who have used both venture formation and film production to express their point-of-view and pushback on negative cultural trends. 

5:45 - 7:30 PM
Future Founders: Dinner & Project Presentations


9:15 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. 

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Future Founders Private Lunch 

2:00 - 5:30 PM

*Jon/Dave/Jessica doing intros of Fellows

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

  • The Gifted Education Foundation Story: Anthony Flynn
  • The JOYN Story: Melody Murray
  • The Webconnex Story: John Russell
  • The Rey Swimwear Story: Jessica Rey
  • The Axis Story: David Eaton


  • The Tegu Story: Will Haughey
  • The Will Reed Story: Paige Robinson
  • The Akola Project Story: Brittany Underwood
  • The Save The Storks Story: Joe Baker

5:45 - 7:30 PM
Future Founders & Praxis Fellow Dinner // Offsite


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. 

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Lunch // Cafe Biola
Future Founders Information Session and Q&A 

1:15 - 2:00 PM
Future Founders & Fellow Interviews & Headshots

1:00 - 5:00 PM
Praxis Academy National Council Meeting // Talbot East 114


9:00 - 11:30 AM
Plenary IV: Closing Thoughts & Farewell // Recital Hall

  • Jon Hart: Week Recap (5 minutes)
  • Jessica Kim: Loving Your Neighbor: A Startup Mentality
  • Dave Evans: Discernment & Prayer


  • Promod Haque: Entrepreneurship Across All of Life
  • Skye Jethani: Reimagining How Entrepreneurs Relate to God
  • Jon Hart: Commissioning (20 minutes)