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Praxis launches to support Social Entrepreneurs - $100,000 in Cash Awards

Dave Blanchard is driven. Over the past year I've enjoyed watching him launch Praxis, an organization that supports entrepreneurs tackling major social issues. 

Dave has just announced the opening of applications for the inaugural Praxis Accelerator program.  Just 12 non-profits and mission-driven for-profits will be selected for the development program, where mentorship, peer support, and a myriad of organizational development resources will be provided, culminating with a pitch event with $100,000 in cash awards.  The accelerator has been designed in collaboration with Q, a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society.

The year-long program, designed to be progress-focused and iterative in nature, features three main events, in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C. At each event, Praxis Fellows will receive guidance from over 20 highly experienced mentors that Dave has assembled, including:

-                      Chris Crane, Founder of Edify, former CEO of Opportunity International
-                      Jamie Tworkowski, Founder of To Write Love on Her Arms
-                      Jason Russell, Founder of Invisible Children
-                      Edwin Keh, Former COO and SVP of Global Procurement for Walmart
-                      Gabe Lyons, Creator of Q
-                      Joy Anderson, Founder & President of Criterion Ventures
-                      Jena Nardella, Founder & Executive Director of Blood: Water Mission
-                      Peter Greer, President & CEO of HOPE International
-                      Charles Lee, CEO, Ideation

Mentors will hold intimate roundtable sessions, while also providing tailored, individual attention in one-on-one sessions, on a comprehensive set of topics critical to organizational development, from fundraising to board development to team building.

“We’ve designed a program meant to provide social entrepreneurs with the knowledge and network they need to create high-impact organizations,” said Dave Blanchard, Praxis Founder and President, who created the program after working on social innovation at design firm IDEO. “We’ve also addressed a deep market need by creating a place where social entrepreneurs are supported in processing how their faith impacts their work.”

Applications for the Praxis Fellowship - available at www.praxislabs.org - close on July 15, 2011.   

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posted by Justin Forman | 6.04.2011 - 5:55 AM


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