Praxis business partners come in all shapes and sizes. Whether they work with software, real estate, or even finances, Praxis BPs all share one thing in common– workplace opportunities built for professional growth.
One Praxis business partner in particular was built with many Praxis principles in mind. That company is Hapday.
On January 1st, 2017, a young man named Philip Delvecchio embarked on his journey as a Praxis participant. He was exposed to many aspects of the business world through his Praxis apprenticeship & soon built a newfound love for startup companies. In August of 2018, Philip set out on a journey to help startup companies through his own company, Hapday.
In essence, Hapday helps international startups achieve US market success. They take the consultancy model and flip it on its head focusing solely on outcomes instead of analysis and advisory. They do this by offering growth and scaling services for startup companies looking to expand into the US market. Additionally, Hapday helps those companies find the right talent and build strategic business development and sales models.
We reached out to Philip with a few questions about the company & his experience hiring his first Praxis apprentice. Here’s what Philip told us:
It’s been just a little over a year since starting the company (congrats!). Where do you see Hapday a year from now?
What we are doing with Hapday is building efficient and reliable processes that have measurable outcomes for international founders looking to enter the market. But the vision is much bigger than the company.
The vision is a complete overhaul of cross-border business coming into the US. We are building an ecosystem that will be a focal point for all international companies’ US market exploration. We believe, through good process execution, strong ethics, and the entrepreneurial mindset, we can create the most comprehensive and founder-focused center for market entry support. One that covers all variations and approaches. One that is non-exploitive, results-driven, and deeply empathic. We want to connect the world through entrepreneurship.
I’ve already begun to establish the key stakeholders to drive this vision. It is definitely not something that can be accomplished only from Hapday’s vantage point. We will need other people, companies, and operating models to accomplish this. But I know that we will.
Are there any successes at Hapday you’re exceptionally proud of?
Honestly, I am proud of every day. Starting and running a company for any period of time is extremely hard and I have a newfound empathy for anyone who is doing it. I am most proud of my team.
What were the most valuable aspects of your Praxis apprenticeship?
I learned that everything is measurable and your ability to convey value matters more than anything else. This ability to leverage what I have done and to measure what I do has made me an infinitely more effective professional. I also walked out of Praxis convinced that college is irrelevant for most people on this planet. Don’t get me wrong, I went to college. I loved it. But no one should be telling people they have to go to college. And employers who won’t consider a candidate without a degree are missing out.
If there’s anything else you’d like to preach about Hapday, go for it!
Hapday Group is proud to be part of the Praxis network and proud to be able to offer a dynamic experience for those who want to work in the startup ecosystem. We are continuing to build the best in class ecosystem and support for international founders who are looking to launch and scale their business in the US. Make sure to follow us on Linkedin and Instagram as we continue to grow. Hapday Group will be speaking at this years WebExpo2019 in Prague, Czech Republic running a workshop on “How To Sell Into The US Market”.
Please let us know if we can partner with you in any way. Together, we make it happen today!
Hapday Apprentice: Dana Arends
Dana Arends is a current Praxis participant who just began her apprenticeship last month. She’s now working with Philip at Hapday. This is a really unique case- a Praxis participant is apprenticing at a company founded by a Praxis grad!
We reached out to Dana with a few questions about her role at Hapday and experience working there. Here’s how that conversation went:
What initially intrigued you about Hapday?
What initially intrigued me about Hapday was the fact that it was founded by a Praxis alum! Over the course of my time in Praxis, I’ve been really impacted by the depth and quality of its community. I think it makes perfect sense that a logical next step in the Praxis process is to start your own company and then hire more Praxians!
What does your current position at Hapday entail thus far? What have you been doing?
My current position has been a little bit of business development, a little bit of operations, and a little bit of content marketing. The main project I’ve been working on has been streamlining the process documentation for one of our core services — taking a bunch of scattered information and combining it into one comprehensive document.
In what ways are you looking to grow in this position?
I’m really excited to grow not only in general business knowledge, role-specific knowledge, and skill development, but also to become ingrained in the entrepreneurial community here. There are a lot of really interesting people doing really interesting things, and I’m excited to grow within that space.
What did you least expect going into your apprenticeship?
I think the thing I least expected about my apprenticeship (when thinking about it during the bootcamp) was the fact that it was going to be in New York. I honestly never saw that coming! But now that I’m here, I think I least expected how many other opportunities would be available in addition to my actual job. Events, conferences, programs — I’m learning so much and experiencing so many new things that I never anticipated getting to experience at this point in life.
It’s business partners like Hapday that help make the Praxis program possible. Visit Hapday at hapday.co!