Looking to start or grow your own business?

If you're considering starting your own business, there are great organizations out there to help you find your way.

Entrepreneurship Programs for People with Convictions


  • Inmates to Entrepreneurs runs STARTER U, an online, self-paced course that you can complete whenever you have time. In around 12 hours, the course covers everything from starting a business with less than $1k to running and growing a business.

  • Interested? Register by creating an account here

  • Questions? Check out the FAQs or email [email protected]


  • If you are formerly incarcerated and are interested in Defy's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp program, send them a note and let them know where you're located. [email protected] / (800) 680-0563

General Entrepreneurship Programs and Resources

  • Small Business Services: Most cities and states have programs to support small business owners. If you do a google search for small business services you can learn about what's available in your community.

  • Minority and Women Owned Business Programs (MWBE): If you are part of a minority group or if you're a woman, there may be special opportunities or programs designed to help you open or grow a business. If you do a google search for the team "MWBE" in your city or state you can find resources.