Praxis was created to support social entrepreneurs who are compelled by their faith to advance the common good. The vision for the organization was formed out of a passion to assist in the development of high-impact organizations, while providing an environment that allows the leaders of these organizations to explore how to embody the Gospel within their work. Our first and primary offering is the Praxis Accelerator, a mentorship-driven program for these social entrepreneurs & innovators. Within this program, our goal is to provide selected Fellows with the knowledge and network needed to develop world-class organizations.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Praxis was conceived in 2010 by Dave Blanchard, then a Principal Designer at IDEO and Josh Kwan, the Director of International Giving for the David Weekley Family Foundation, and developed in collaboration with Q, a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. Essential to the creation and launch has been Praxis Founding Partner Gabe Lyons, the Founder of Q, and Founding Partner Steve Graves, an executive coach with over 25 years of experience in organizational development.
As a team, we have a long-term vision to create a flourishing ecosystem of support – from concept to scale – for entrepreneurs addressing major social issues through both non-profit and for-profit ventures.